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Toyota Avalon: the third generation, 2007-2012

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The third generation Toyota Avalon was introduced in four models: the standard XL, the sport Touring, the XLS, and the luxury Limited. Each combined generous interior room with powerful engine performance. Designed at Toyota’s Calty Design Research in California, and assembled at Toyota’s Georgetown Kentucky manufacturing plant, the third-generation Avalons all have front grilles with horizontal chrome bars, large tail lamps, distinctive trunks, and dual exhaust outlets.

Avalon’s interior comfort is enhanced with a flat rear floor providing extra leg room and rear seats which recline up to 10 degrees, providing extra leg room, especially for the middle-seat passenger. The driver benefits from both a tilt and telescopic steering column and a sliding center console armrest.

All the Avalons have Toyota’s Variable Valve Timing equipped, 3.5 liter, 24 valve V6 engine with 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. The “intelligent” VVT system increases high speed torque and fuel economy by optimizing both intake and exhaust valve timing. The Avalon’s 6.6 second 0-to-60 mph acceleration rate puts it in the same league with the Porsche Cayenne S. Yet it achieves a 21 mpg city /31 mpg highway fuel economy rating, and is certified as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle.

The Touring, XLS, and Limited owe their responsive handling and smooth ride in part to specially designed Michelin Energy MXV4 P215/55 R17 tires on 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The Touring’s wheels are graphite-finished; it has both a firmer suspension and higher coil spring rates than other models. All Avalon models are equipped with a standard full-size spare tire.

Avalon‘s redesigned A-pillars, acoustic windshield, and newly-lowered windshield wipers were designed to minimize both wind noise cabin noise, and interior vibration. With a body structure strengthened to meet the latest side impacts requirements, the Avalon includes front seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags. A driver’s knee airbag is standard.

The standard anti-lock brake system, by preventing brake lockup, helps maintain steering control during sudden stops. And Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) minimizes body sway by optimizing the braking of each wheel during hard cornering.

Optional vehicle stability and traction control systems assist the driver in maintaining control during cornering or on slippery surfaces, and the brake assist system can detect an emergency braking situation, applying maximum brake pressure to activate the ABS.

The Avalon XL includes as standard a nine-speaker AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo system; dual zone, air-filtering automatic climate control; remote keyless entry and power door locks with anti-lockout feature; power windows, a power-adjustable driver’s seat; and a center console storage.

The XL’s steering wheel, with a tilt and telescopic column, has both audio and climate controls. Its information display supplies audio, climate, temperature, and trip information. All the Avalons have cruise control, engine immobilizers, and maintenance indicator lights.

The Touring adds, in addition to its firmer suspension, leather seat trim and leather wrap on both the steering wheel and shift knob, a power adjustable passenger front seat, and aluminum door scuff plates. The Touring has visibility-improving high intensity discharge lamps (HIDs), fog lamps, and a rear spoiler. Heated front seats, a moonroof, an in-dash CD changer, 360-watt 12-speaker JBL Synthesis audio system, and anti-theft system are all optional

The XLS’ standard equipment improves on that of the XL and Touring with a power moonroof and in-dash CD changer. Its outside mirrors are heated, and both the driver’s and rear-view mirrors have auto-dimming glass; the rear-view mirror includes a compass. The XLS is equipped with an anti-theft system. The JBL Synthesis audio system is optional.

The Limited adds driver and passenger front seats with heaters and cushion and seat back fans, and its driver’s seat can increase thigh support with its power-adjustable front cushion.

With a standard JBL Synthesis 12-speaker sound system and 6-disc CD changer, the Limited also has a power rear sunshade, rain-sensing wipers, high intensity discharge headlamps, and Smart-Key system. Its other standard features include auto-dimming side mirrors containing in-glass LED directionals, memory, and LED puddle lamps, which illuminate the vehicle when passengers approaching the vehicle engage the Smart-Key system.

The Limited’s standard cruise control can be upgraded to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead via a laser-distance-detection system.

All Avalon models but the XL have an optional driver-or-passenger-operable navigation system, with a seven-inch LCD color display; and a factory alarm system with a remote engine starter. The Avalon’s 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty covers all components for everything except normal wear and maintenance; it also carries a 5-year, 60,000 mile power train warranty and 5-year rust and corrosion warranty with no mileage restrictions.

2007 Avalon Specifications

Engine 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC with Dual VVT-i V6
Bore and Stroke 3.70 x 3.27 inches
Displacement 3,456 cc
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Valve Train 4-valve DOHC roller rocker
Horsepower (SAE)* 268 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque* 248 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Ignition System Toyota Direct Ignition (TDI)
Fuel System EFI
Recommended Fuel 87-octane unleaded
Emission Control ULEV
Transmission 5-speed Transaxle/Front-wheel drive
Gear Ratios 1st 4.235
2nd 2.360
3rd 1.517
4th 1.047
5th 0.756
Reverse 3.378
Differential Ratio 3.080
Suspension and Brakes
Front Suspension MacPherson strut suspension with
stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension Dual link MacPherson strut suspension
with stabilizer bar
Front Brakes Ventilated disc
Front Diameter 11.7 inches
Front Swept Area 248.6 square inches
Rear Brakes Solid disc
Rear Diameter 10.9 inches
Rear Swept Area 160.0 square inches
Parking Brakes Foot applied pedal
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Standard
Steering Type Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Steering Ratio 16.1:1
Turns (lock to lock) 3.22 turns
Turning circle 36.9 feet
Engine Oil 6.5 quarts
Fuel Tank 18.5 gallons

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (inches)

Wheelbase 111.0
Overall Length 197.2
Overall Width 72.8
Overall Height 58.5
Tread (front/rear) 62.2/61.6
Minimum Ground Clearance 5.3
Coefficient of Drag 0.291

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS (inches)

Headroom (front/rear) 38.8/37.5
Legroom (front/rear) 41.3/40.9
Shoulder Room (front/rear) 59.4/58.2
Hip Room (front/rear) 55.8/56.2
EPA Passenger Volume 106.9 cubic feet
EPA Cargo Volume 14.4 cubic feet
EPA Class Large

GAS MILEAGE

22 City/31 Highway (2007 EPA)
Curb Weight XL: 3,495 lbs. Touring: 3,545 lbs.
XLS: 3,560 lbs. Limited: 3,595 lbs.
Maximum Trailer Weight 1,000 lbs.

TIRES AND WHEELS

XL

Touring

XLS

Limited

Wheel size 6.5 x 16 inches

7.0 x 17 inches

7.0 x 17 inches

7.0 x 17 inches
Type and Material 7 spoke aluminum

8 spoke aluminum

8 spoke aluminum

9 spoke aluminum
Tire Size P215/60 R16

P215/55 R17

P215/55 R17

P215/55 R17
Tire Type All-season

All-season

All-season

All-season
Spare Full-size

Full-size

Full-size

Full-size

Safety features

Airbags: driver, front passenger (normal and side), side curtain airbags (front and rear seats), driver knee.

Seat belts: Adjustable shoulder anchors up front; driver-side ELR; front and rear passenger ALR/ELR

Daytime running lights; ABS with EBD and available VSC with TRAC and BA; tire pressure monitoring