2012 Toyota Avalon

Rating8.3

Ranked #1 in Fullsize Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$33,195 - $36,435

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Key Spec of 2012 Toyota Avalon
fuel economy

19/23/28

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

268 hp @ 6200 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Luxurious interiors

Expensive than rivals

No major changes for the 2012 model 

Refined engine 

Road noise at higher speed

Comfortable ride quality 

2012 Toyota Avalon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 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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Over All Rating

8.3

Out of 10

8.00
9.00
9.00
8.60
7.00
8.70
7.50
8.90
6.00
Notable Rankings

#1 in Fullsize Sedan

#2 in Sedan


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Trims

Base$33,195 onwards

  • 17-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Limited$36,435 onwards

  • Front passenger Lumbar support
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Rain sensing windsheild wiper

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2012 Toyota AvalonHome Delivery
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2012 Toyota Avalon

4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$14,990
Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,026 Below market
RMV: $18,016
Eugene, OR
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2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$11,995
Est. $162/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,428 Below market
RMV: $14,423
Spokane, WA
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2011 Toyota AvalonHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $1067
Previous Price: $1290005 Dec 2021

2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$11,833
Est. $160/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,371 Below market
RMV: $14,204
Saint Paul, MN
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2012 Toyota Avalon
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Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $999501 Jul 2022

2012 Toyota Avalon Limited

Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$9,495
Est. $128/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,872 Below market
RMV: $11,367
Paterson, NJ
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2013 Toyota AvalonHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $2066
Previous Price: $1306513 Jul 2022

2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring

XLE Touring 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$10,999
Est. $149/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,174 Below market
RMV: $13,173
Austin, TX
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2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring

XLE Touring 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$16,500
Est. $224/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,126 Below market
RMV: $19,626
Orangevale, CA
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2011 Toyota AvalonHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $840002 Apr 2021

2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$7,900
Est. $107/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,456 Below market
RMV: $9,356
Houston, TX
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2011 Toyota Avalon
12
Price Drop, $1500
Previous Price: $1049509 Jul 2022

2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$8,995
Est. $122/mo
Excellent Deal
$1,575 Below market
RMV: $10,570
Southfield, MI
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2011 Toyota AvalonHome Delivery
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Price Drop, $986
Previous Price: $1465417 May 2022

2011 Toyota Avalon Limited

Limited 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

$13,668
Est. $185/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,281 Below market
RMV: $15,949
Minneapolis, MN
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Colors and Styles

2012 Toyota Avalon in Agate Black color
Agate Black

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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. 


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. 

Engine and Performance
8.6/10

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.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

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. 

Interior
8.7/10

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 
Exterior
7.5/10

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 
Safety
8.9/10

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
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. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$36435

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

211 cu in

horse power

268 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

248 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic w/Overdrive

dimensions
length

197.6 in

wheelbase

111 in

width

72.8 in

curb weight

3616 lbs

Height

58.5 in

Ground Clearance

5 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

106.9 cu ft

cargo volume

14.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

19/23/28 mpg

highway range

518.00 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Toyota Avalon 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$40,309
5 Year Cost To Own
$54,933
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $54,933
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$9,214$2,721$2,612$3,047$2,891$20,485
Insurance$1,501$1,496$1,523$1,569$1,691$7,780
Fuel$1,837$1,902$1,922$1,984$2,028$9,673
Maintenance$59$458$452$1,143$2,630$4,742
Repairs$13$-15$78$284$364$724
Financing Interest$2,541$1,996$1,542$901$304$7,284
Taxes and Fees$3,375$212$204$264$190$4,245
Total Cost-To-Own$18,540$8,770$8,333$9,192$10,098$54,933
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