By Ted Orme
So what do you do when you suffer a spate of unprecedented bad press over sudden acceleration lawsuits, recalls and some critical reviews of mundane products? If you’re Toyota, you set about making people forget about this negative blip by building even better cars and trucks. A fine example – and I do mean fine – is the all-new flagship 2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring sedan I just spent a most pleasurable week in.
No longer just a gussied up, soft-riding Camry, the new Avalon has clearly moved into Lexus ES350 territory and bested it with stunning new styling, performance and technology. Let’s start outside and work our way in.
This is a fine looking car. I know that’s a subjective judgment but I loved the new coupe-like flowing roofline, lower beltline, sculpted flanks, and new front-fascia design with larger grille and headlight cluster. It gives the Avalon a fluid, athletic stance that earns it a sleek 0.28 coefficient of drag that begs you to get in and drive.