The 2013 Toyota Avalon has their Vice President, Bob Carter, excited more than ever. At the press conference he said, “While the 2013 Avalon’s primary demographic won’t likely call the ful-sized sedan ‘cool,’ the new sheetmetal is definitely a big departure from the outgoing model.” What does this mean for the people who want to buy an Avalon? Read more below.

Exterior: The new Avalon does have some new design to it. Great… Basically the lower air dam in the front bumper looks like the exhaust port of the Death Star, there is chrome everywhere, and subtle Camry hints everywhere. Toyota decided to act all Audi-like with the rear tailights having LED‘s now, and there is more….you guessed it….chrome. Nothing special here, just looks like a fancy Camry.

Interior: The interior is a much needed improvement and is welcomed. A new and uniquely-designed dashboard has a floating center stack with….more chrome. The new navigation in the information system is now touch-screen based with capacitive buttons. You will find a lot of fake wood-like material and soft-touch plastic. Thankfully, there is very little hard plastic found in most of Toyota’s cars. There are plenty of options to add to the luxury, including the option to walk across the street and buy a Mercedes-Benz for the highest trim of luxury. Throw in $2,000 more, and you can even have the showroom people of Toyota pretend to beg and plead you not to buy a Mercedes-Benz.

Power: No official word from Toyota yet. However, it can be assumed that it will have the 3.5 liter V6 engine with 268 HP and 248 lb-ft of torque found in so many other of Toyota’s lineup. Expect the 6-speed automatic in there as well. New suspension and stiffer springs help with the body roll, as well as a new “sport” mode that increases throttle response and have a more weighted feel from the steering system. AND!!!! Shift paddles for the steering wheel! Yes, you can now feel sporty in a Toyota! I know you still want that Mercedes……

Pricing: Prices will mostly likely start at $33,955 from the base price. Add some more ammentities, and you can officially own the worst car on the market!

Why are we hating on the Avalon?: Well, we never liked Toyota at all. We prefer anything American-made first, then German. But the fact is, you are just driving a Camry that went to get a makeover. The “sport” mode is what you can get out of a lawnmower and 3.5 liter V6 with a 6-speed surely won’t be
giving you the great MPG’s Toyota is known for. Our opinion: Pay that $2,000 fee and walk over to Mercedes-Benz or even go to BMW and try out that awesome X1.

For price specifics, you could get a Mercedes-Benz C o Class for the same base price, or even an Audi A5, a BMW 3-Series, or a Cadillac CTS.