2012 Toyota Avalon

MSRP $33,195 - $36,435

Ranked #1 in Sedan

8.4

Overall Rating

2012 Toyota Avalon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 11, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Toyota Avalon is a full size sedan from the house of Toyota which promises to offer luxurious features and comfortable ride quality. The 2012 Toyota Avalon comes with a refined engine that offers very good performance and the suspension is tuned towards comfort. However, the Avalon is not a cornering champion and must be handled with care around those twisties.

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Pros

Luxurious interiors

Refined engine 

Comfortable ride quality 

Cons

Expensive than rivals

Road noise at higher speed

What's New?

No major changes for the 2012 model 


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

5.3 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

19/23/28 mpg

highway range

518 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 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

2012 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

9.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


The 2012 model is available in two trims, namely the Avalon base and Avalon Limited. The price for the base trim starts at $33,195 and goes up to $36,435 for the Limited trim. Both the trims offer abundant headroom, excellent visibility, comfortable backseat and optional power rear sunshade. It faces stiff competition from the likes of Nissan Maxima, Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus. 


9.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2012 Toyota Avalon Features

9.0/10

The 2012 model is available in two trims, namely the Avalon base and Avalon Limited. We had expected more trims for a better choice and price range for the potential buyers. However, less number of trims skips the confusion and makes the decision part easier. Both the trims offer spacious interiors, comfortable ride and reliability. The 2012 Avalon comes in FWD configuration only.

Trims 

Base

Limited 

MSRP

$33,195

$36,435

Key Features 

3.5L V-6 engine 

Adds to or upgrades to the Base trim

 

Dual zone automatic climate control 

High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamp

 

Multi-Information Display 

Color-keyed heated power auto-dimming outside mirrors

 

Leather-trimmed and power adjustable seats 

JBL audio system

 

60/40 split reclining rear seats

Heated front seats

 

Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

Perforated leather-trimmed and ventilated front seats

 

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

Smart key system 

Which trim should you buy?

We would suggest the base trim as it is about $3,300 cheaper than the Limited trim. It offers most of the features of the Limited trim and priced considerably closer to its rivals. The rivals are less expensive than the Avalon. But considering the list of features, the base Avalon has on offer as standard, we would buy the base trim. 

2012 Toyota Avalon Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2012 Avalon is equipped with a 3.5L V-6 engine producing 268 hp of power and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and it can be had with sequential shifts as an option. The power is delivered to the front wheels only. The refined and smooth nature of the engine is quite lovable on long journeys. The engine is also known for a good reliability score. The acceleration times are good considering its dimensions and weight. It does 0-60 mph in about 6.2 seconds and a quarter mile drag is completed in 14.7 seconds.

Models 

2012 Toyota Avalon

2012 Nissan Maxima 

2012 Chrysler 300 

2012 Ford Taurus 

MSRP

$36,435

$35,120

$36,020

$32,155

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6 

3.6L V6

3.5L V6 

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

268 hp @ 6200 RPM 

290 hp @ 6400 RPM

292 hp @ 6350 RPM 

263 hp @ 6250 RPM 

Torque

248 lb.-ft @ 4700 RPM 

261 lb.-ft @ 4400 RPM

260 lb.-ft @ 4800 RPM 

249 lb.-ft @ 4500 RPM 

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.2 seconds

6.4 seconds

6.6 seconds

7.8 seconds

Quarter mile (seconds)

14.7 seconds

14.8 seconds

15.2 seconds

15.5 seconds

Top speed (MPH)

N/A

147 MPH

114 MPH

143 MPH

The Chrysler 300 and Nissan Maxima offer more fire power compared to the competition. However, their acceleration times tell a different story and can’t beat the Avalon. The Ford Taurus loses out the battle and comes last in the acceleration test. However, it offers a good top speed of 143 mph, slightly less than the Nissan Maxima.

2012 Toyota Avalon Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2012 Avalon is one of the most fuel efficient cars in its segment. It offers 19 mpg, 28 mpg and 23 mpg, in the city, on the highway and in combined driving conditions respectively. With a fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons it can travel up to 352 miles, 518 miles and 426 miles, in the city, on the highway and in mixed driving conditions respectively.

Models 

2012 Toyota Avalon

2012 Nissan Maxima 

2012 Chrysler 300 

2012 Ford Taurus 

MPG (city)

19

19

18

18

MPG (Highway)

28

26

27

28

MPG (Combined)

23

22

21

23

Fuel Capacity

18.5 gallons

20 gallons

19.1 gallons

19

Range (City/highway)

351.5/518 mi

380/520 mi

343.8/515.7 mi

342.0/532 mi

The Ford Taurus offers fuel economy of 23 mpg in combined driving conditions but owing to a slightly larger fuel tank, it offers better range than the Avalon. The Maxima and 300 offer 22 mpg and 21 mpg, in mixed conditions respectively. The Nissan Maxima is equipped with a larger fuel tank but can’t win the range battle. 

2012 Toyota Avalon Interior

7.0/10

The 2012 Avalon’s interior feels luxurious and upmarket in comparison to its competitors. The use of metallic accents and wooden trims make the Avalon look premium. The dashboard is well laid out with controls easily accessible to the passengers. The centre area is dominated by the infotainment display and its buttons. The design of the A/C vents could have been better though. The seats are trimmed in leather upholstery and come with heated functionality. 

The front seats are comfortable but the rear seats are more commendable. The sheer wideness and comfort of the rear seat, make this car to be a chauffeur-driven choice. The Panoramic moonroof grants some airiness in the cabin.The ride comfort is satisfying and refined. However, the road noise at higher speeds could take away that satisfaction. The cargo capacity is not the best one in the segment but is adequate for most buyers.

Models 

2012 Toyota Avalon

2012 Nissan Maxima 

2012 Chrysler 300 

2012 Ford Taurus 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.9/59.4/41.3

38.5/56.3/43.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

39/57.9/41.9

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

37.5/58.2/40.9

36.4/55.1/34.6

37.9/57.7/40.1

37.8/56.9/38.1

Cargo capacity (cu.-ft)

14.4

14.2

16.3

20.1

The Chrysler 300 comes with better cargo capacity than its competition. The Avalon offers better legroom across the second row. The 300 comes near in terms of leg space across the second row. The Ford Taurus offers class leading cargo capacity of 20.1 cu-ft. The Maxima offers the least cargo capacity and leg space across the second row. That said, some of the standout interior features of the 2012 Avalon are:

  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Multi-Information Display
  • Heated and ventilated front seats (Limited)
  • Optitron instrumentation
  • Wood-grain-style interior trim

How intuitive is the 2012 Avalon’s infotainment system?

The 2012 Toyota Avalon is equipped with easy to use infotainment features. It is not overloaded with features and comes with the many necessary features. It offers AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, AUX jack, SiriusXM satellite radio, USB port, bluetooth hands free phone capability as standard. 

As you move to the Limited trim, you get JBL Synthesis AM/FM 6-disc CD changer with 12-speakers including subwoofer in addition to standard features. You can also opt for an available Voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system with integrated backup camera display in addition to the standard features of the Limited trim. Some of the standout infotainment features are:

  • AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability
  • SiriusXM satellite radio 
  • JBL Synthesis with 12-speaker setup (Limited)
  • Optional Voice-activated touch-screen DVD navigation system
  • Optional backup camera 

2012 Toyota Avalon Exterior

9.0/10

The 2012 Toyota Avalon’s exterior design is minimalistic. It lacks the enthusiasm and modern looks of some of its competition. The Avalon’s front grille looks dominating with chrome finish and Toyota logo on it. The headlamps look different but do not add to better styling and the taillamps wrap around the quarter panel. The chrome on the window panes give it a premium look. The longer wheelbase gives it an executive sedan look. Overall, the exterior styling is a mixed bag. It might appeal to some and some might dislike it. 

Models 

2012 Toyota Avalon

2012 Nissan Maxima 

2012 Chrysler 300 

2012 Ford Taurus 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3616

3565

4235

4015

Length (in.)

197.6

190.6

198.6

202.9

Width (in.)

72.8

73.2

75

76.2

Height (in.)

58.5

57.8

59.2

60.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

N/A

4.8

5.1

Wheelbase (in.)

111

109.3

120.2

112.9

The Chrysler 300 is the bulkiest car of the lot and comes with less ground clearance. It also comes with a longer wheelbase. The longer wheelbase helps with better legroom in the second row. The Nissan Maxima is the lightest of the lot and comes with the shortest wheelbase. The Taurus is the longest of the lot and comes with 5.1-inch of ground clearance. The Avalon comes with 5.3-inch of ground clearance. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2012 Avalon are:

  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass 
  • Dual chrome-tipped exhaust
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps
  • LED tail and stop lamps 

2012 Toyota Avalon Safety

7.0/10

The 2012 Toyota Avalon is equipped with Star Safety System, an advanced suite of driver assistance features like Vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist and smart stop technology. The IIHS has rated the Avalon as “Good” in most of the safety parameters. In addition to standard safety features, you get front and rear crumple zones and side-impact door beams surrounding the passenger cabin for added passenger protection. That said, some of the standout safety features of the 2012 Avalon are:

  • Star safety system
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Head-impact protection structure
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • LATCH system
  • Side impact door beams 
  • Front and rear crumple zones

2012 Toyota Avalon Final Verdict

The 2012 Avalon is a well-balanced offering from Toyota. It gets luxurious interiors, good fuel efficiency and better performance as compared to its competition. It scores well in the safety department as well and you get the trust, reliability and better resale value of a known Japanese brand. It might be more expensive than some of its rivals but we believe it's worth the extra price and have no doubt in recommending it to you. 

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