2011 Toyota Avalon

MSRP $33,195 - $36,435

Ranked #1 in Sedan

8.6

Overall Rating

2011 Toyota Avalon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Executive sedans like the Toyota Avalon are a rather unchartered segment, for they bear a price tag where compact and midsize luxury sedans make an entry into the market. Yet, the position these vehicles command is relevant for the carmakers as they provide buyers with a higher feature load, jaunty engine options, and a commodious cabin that can give them an advantage over counterparts like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Pros

Lively and smooth ride

Powerful engine

Extensive list of standard features

Cons

High price point

Rear-seats cannot be folded

What's New?

Revised front and rear fascia

Revamped dash design


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33195

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

268 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

248 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

197.6 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

58.5 in.

curb weight

3572 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

106.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

870 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/29 mpg

highway range

536.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$33,195 onwards

Limited$36,435 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Toyota Avalon in Agate Black color
Agate Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.6

Overall Rating


The Toyota Avalon has been curated for unparalleled pleasure and comfort. Drive it on your own or be chauffeured around, the ride feels engaging, regardless. With 2011 MY, the full-size sedan undergoes several changes with the most essential being a revision of its interior and exterior design. However, it continues to suffer from its big-budget price sticker. In its segment, it competes with the likes of the Nissan Maxima, Ford Taurus, and the Buick LaCrosse.


8.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2011 Toyota Avalon Features

8.5/10

The 2011 Toyota Avalon is now offered in two trims only, namely the base and Limited variant. Both these trims share amongst them a standard powertrain setup and are distinguished by the features that they possess. While the base set of features on both trims feel price adequate, optional specifications like a voice-activated navigation system with traffic reporting allow the sedan to compete with cars above its class.

Trim

Base

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$33,195

$36,435

Key Features

Remote Trunk Release

Adds or retains features of ‘Base’

 

Rearview Camera

HID Headlights

 

Cruise Control

Keyless Ignition

 

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

Rain Sensing Wipers

 

Fog Lamps

Heated and ventilated seats

 

Daytime Running Lights

Memory Seats

 

Premium Sound System

Auto-leveling headlights

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At a premium of almost $3,000, the 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited trim comes with improved features like rain-sensing wipers and heated mirrors. The standard V6 engine is powerful in its performance and the ride quality with either of the trims is appreciable. However, we suggest the top-tier variant as it gets standard all specifications you will have to equip additionally on the base trim.

2011 Toyota Avalon Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The vigorous and dynamic engine that sits under the hood of the 2011 Toyota Avalon is a 3.5L V6 unit that delivers likable performance similar to the segment standards. It belts out 268hp and 248lb.-ft of torque and comes mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The duo of these units, transfer the power directly to the front wheels of the vehicle and bestow a comfortable and supple ride that does not compromise on luxury.

The acceleration of the 2011 Avalon in a straight line is phenomenal and one of its strongest suits, despite being a gigantic sedan. It sprints from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile run in 14.7 seconds. The only drawback in its performance, perhaps, is the evident body roll while cornering.

Model

Toyota Avalon

Nissan Maxima

Ford Taurus

Buick Lacrosse

MSRP

$33,195

$31,750

$27,755

$33,900

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

268hp

290hp

263hp

280hp

Torque

248lb.-ft

261lb.-ft

249lb.-ft

259lb.-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7 seconds

6.3 seconds

7.1 seconds

6.7 seconds

Quarter mile (mph)

14.7 seconds

14.2 seconds

15.5 seconds

15.2 seconds

Top speed (mph)

147 MPH

147 MPH

146 MPH

152 MPH

While each sedan has a similar powertrain setup, the 2011 Nissan Maxima makes use of a CVT unit and produces the highest power and torque output of 290hp and 261lb.-ft of torque. It is the quickest to the 60mph mark and clocks 6.3 seconds. The other competitors, the Ford Taurus, and Buick Lacrosse are similar in the acceleration test, however, lose out in the quarter-mile run taking 15.5 and 15.2 seconds, respectively.

2011 Toyota Avalon Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Despite housing a potent engine, the 2011 Toyota Avalon averages efficient figures and is rated at 23 MPG, combined. In the city, it can manage 20MPG, which increases significantly to 29MPG on the highway. By being the most frugal sedan on option, even the least voluminous tank of the Avalon that can hold 18.5-gallons, allows the vehicle to average a range of 370 city miles and 537 highway miles.

Model

Toyota Avalon

Nissan Maxima

Ford Taurus

Buick Lacrosse

MPG (city)

20

19

18

17

MPG (Highway)

29

26

27

27

MPG (Combined)

23

22

21

20

Fuel Capacity

18.5-gallons

20-gallons

19-gallons

18.4-gallons

Range (City/highway)

370/537 mi

380/520 mi

342/513 mi

313/497 mi

The Nissan Maxima is the next best option available in the segment averaging 20 MPG, it also features the largest fuel tank of 20-gallons and manages better mileage in the city of 380 miles than the Toyota. The Ford and Buick, continue to lag behind their competitors averaging 21 and 20 MPG, respectively.

2011 Toyota Avalon Interior

7.0/10

The 2011 Toyota Avalon’s interior screams luxury from the minute you step inside. The dashboard has been upgraded to look more ergonomic and now looks refined and sophisticated. The touchscreen display unit sits centrally and features a digital unit beneath that displays vital information pertaining to the air conditioning and temperature. The wooden accents on the central console and dashboard look upmarket and plush and so does the standard leather upholstery.

In terms of space, both the front and rear-seat passengers receive abundant space for a leisurely ride. Even with three adults seated at the rear, the cabin will not reek of a claustrophobic environment. The only visible we then see is that the front seats might be a bit flat as per few passengers and also that the rear seats do not fold down to increase the existing 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Model

Toyota Avalon

Nissan Maxima

Ford Taurus

Buick Lacrosse

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/59.4/41.3

38.5/56.3/43.8

39/57.9/41.9

38/57.4/41.7

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/58.2/40.9

36.4/55.1/34.6

37.9/56.8/38.1

37.3/56/40.5

Cargo capacity (cu.-ft)

14.4

14.2

20.1

12.8

When compared to the competitors, the 2011 Buick Lacrosse has almost proportional space for both the rows, while the Nissan Maxima has restricted movement at the rear due to its cramped legroom. In terms of the cargo capacity, it is the Ford Taurus that has a total trunk volume of 20.1 cubic feet, without cutting into the rear seat room, leads the segment. While space differs on each sedan, the refinement of each cabin is noteworthy.

Some of the salient interior features of the 2011 Toyota Avalon include:

  • 8-way powered driver seat with lumbar support
  • 4-way powered passenger seat
  • Dual-zone Climate Control
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Speed-proportional Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2011 Toyota Avalon?

The 2011 Toyota Avalon comes equipped with an ultra-modern infotainment system that is user-friendly and highly intuitive. With the base trim, it gets Bluetooth Connectivity and a 9-speaker sound system. While the Limited trim replaces the base sound system with a 12-speaker JBL system, both trims get a navigation-compatible touchscreen system. Some of the salient infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • USB Connection
  • Radio Data System
  • Diversity Antenna
  • Satellite Radio
  • Voice-activated Navigation System (Optional)

2011 Toyota Avalon Exterior

9.0/10

Perhaps, the biggest update with the current MY comes with redesigned front and rear fascia, that allows the sedan to look statelier and more ostentatious. It looks on par with its competitors and has a domineering aura to it, making it a perfect daily driver for the business tycoons wanting to make an impression. The 2011 Toyota Avalon now features subtle design cues throughout. The head and taillamps have unsaid familiarity to them but adorn the modernity in the design with grace. The grille continues to look imposing and is cladded with chrome.

Look at it from the side and the 2011 Toyota Avalon looks extremely long. Yet it sports a rather short wheelbase of 111 inches in comparison. It is also less wide and tall than its competitors measuring 72.8 inches and 58.5 inches, respectively. The ground clearance feels fitting for a sedan in its segment and its lighter curb weight of 3,572 lbs aids its performance.

Model

Toyota Avalon

Nissan Maxima

Ford Taurus

Buick Lacrosse

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,572

3,540

4,015

4,045

Length (in.)

197.6

190.6

198.6

196.9

Width (in.)

72.8

73.2

76.2

73.1

Height (in.)

58.5

57.8

60.7

59.2

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

111

109.3

112.9

111.7

The 2011 Ford Taurus is the longest sedan and sports a wheelbase of 112.9 inches. It is also the tallest and widest sedan measuring 60.7 and 76.2 inches. On the other hand, the Buick Lacrosse is the heaviest vehicle weighing 4,045lbs, while the Nissan Maxima that has a curb weight of 3,540lbs is the lightest. In terms of design, all four sedans look rather professional vehicles with defined curves and edges without an iota of quirkiness in design.

Some of the salient exterior features of the 2011 Toyota Avalon include:

  • Fog Lights
  • Sunroof
  • Paint Protection Film
  • Rear Spoiler
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Xenon Headlights (available with Limited trim only)

2011 Toyota Avalon Safety

9.0/10

The 2011 Toyota Avalon has not been tested by the NHTSA, but it bags the “Top Safety Pick” recognition from IIHS, which speaks volumes about its capabilities. It is durable and sturdy in its build and comes with a large number of standard features that make it undeniably reliable. These include side airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, and integrated turn signal mirrors. Some of the other standout safety specifications include:

  • Anti-theft Alarm System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Self-leveling Headlights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Dusk-sensing Headlamps
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

2011 Toyota Avalon Final Verdict

The 2011 Toyota Avalon is a niche sedan that caters to a targeted set of buyers wanting to be in the lap of luxury without sacrificing performance and space. In its fit and finish, it reeks of sophistication and has a superior feel to it. It looks palatial when on the go and commands attention with its redesigned exterior. Even on the inside, the commodious cabin that features a clutter-free dash setup alongside class-leading specifications makes the sedan an alluring proposition. However, its expensive price tag is a barrier in its likability, and if you are restricted by budget, the Ford Taurus could be one vehicle to look out for. 

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