Consumer Reports Doesn't Like the 2013 Avalon's Ride [Video]
When they designed the new generation, Toyota wanted to retain the old model's strengths, while also putting in more of the "fun" they talk about all the time nowadays. Where this is really apparent is in the exterior styling, which is a bit daring.
It's kind of like the 40-year old guy who just got out o a divorce, went to the gym and tried wearing pressed shirts and designer jeans for a change, instead of sweats.
Not to be overlooked in the ever more competitive large sedan segment, Consumer Reports decided they need to take a closer look at the Avalon, so they bought two of them to find out what's what.
As they found with the Lincoln MKZ, touch controls aren't really the way to go. However, the Avalon's interior receives good marks for quality and refinement.
Since the old Avalon was kind of boring to drive, Toyota changed the suspension with mixed results. The car still isn't sporty, but the ride is choppy, especially on models with the larger wheels.