2008 Toyota Avalon User Reviews

2008 Toyota Avalon Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 8 reviews
"comfortable car" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 5 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 14 2008 Toyota Avalon reviews.

TWFarrington writes:
2008 Toyota Avalon Limited Review
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5

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Great car for road trips.  Very comfortable, quiet, and reliable.  Love the laser guided cruise control!

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I like the styling but others have told me it's an "old person car".  It has navigation, but it is difficult to program in destinations, particularly outside of the zones of which I live (you have to select the other zone first).  I don't know what the maps cost these days, but in the past, it was several hundred dollars (6-700).

TWFarrington
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Great Driving Car — This is my 3rd Avalon. I purchased this 08 used because I traded in my 05 for an SUV back in 2010 and I missed the Avalon. If you like gadgets, you are going to like the Avalon. I like the LED turn signals in the mirrors, the puddle lamps, heated and cooled front seats (if you go on long trips in hot weather, you will be amazed what a difference it makes to have air circulation on your back). The back seat is enormous, so when we go places with friends, there is plenty of space for them to put their legs out even with the front seats all the way back. The back seats also recline a bit and the doors open very wide. The trunk is huge and even with all the space offered in this car, it still gets 23-30 mpg. I typically average about 22, but I also let it idle a lot (eating lunch in the car). The laser guided cruise control allows you to set a speed (in 5mph increments) and it will automatically slow you down if you come upon another vehicle going slower than you. It will maintain your distance and speed from the vehicle ahead of you until they are no longer an obstacle. The car will then speed back up to your preset. If you are interested in the laser guided cruise control, it is available in the 05-09, then in the 13 and newer models. You can identify the models with this option by the under-bumper grille. The car's right hand side near the fog light will look differently than the left. There will also be an extra button on the steering wheel under the “speak” button. If you happen to purchase an Avalon with the laser cruise, you can disable it and use the conventional cruise instead but pushing the cruse control lever forward for 1 second. The laser cruise does not stop the car. It will only slow you to about 27 mph and then will alert you that it is shutting off. Downsides are that it may slow you more than it needs to in merging traffic. This can be over ridden my lightly pressing on the gas, but it can be an annoyance. Also, it will not work if you have your wipers on ... about 3 swipes of the wipers and it shuts the system off. If you live in a snowy area, I would recommend that you purchase designated snow tires. It handles well in the snow with the appropriate tires, but acceleration and deceleration can be problematic with all-season tires.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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dasta248 writes:
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5

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Very roomy and comfortable car. Plenty of power when you need it and lot's of amenities; heated/cooled front seats, reclining rear seats, rear shade, good sound system, hands free - very reliable

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Brakes appear a little soft/undersized

dasta248
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Excellent Value — The Avalon is a very complete full sized luxury vehicle - we where pleasantly surprised by the options available in the limited trim level as well as the fit and finish both inside and out. Tremendous value and investment! Highly recommend.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Brent writes:
2008 Toyota Avalon XL Review
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3

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The car has a very smooth ride and when you get over 20 mph, the audio system gets slightly louder to make up for the engine noise. Nice feature. Very roomy.

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The mpgs on the car suck. At most I've gotten 23 mpg highway. Modern day sports cars get more than that depending on the trim.

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The Typical Family Car — This car gave me mixed emotions. I enjoy the abundance of room and the audio compensation system(read pros to know what I'm taking about). I also enjoy the fact that its a four door, so I can drive my friends around in it easily without them complaining for more room. I don't like the mpgs that the car gets. It's terrible. I live in a big city, I get on a good day 17 mpg.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Trucster writes:
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Ride, comfort, reliability.

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Hmmmmmmmmm, let me think.  Nope.  Oh --- I miss the instantaneous fuel efficiency digital reading that I had with my 2000.

Trucster
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Enjoyable Driving — My 3rd used Avalon after a '95 and a 2000, because Toyota continues to give me confidence in the combination of fuel efficiency, ride and reliability. I could have a dinner party in the spacious back seat!! A true family car.

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rksampat writes:
2008 Toyota Avalon Touring Review
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Loaded, very spacious, very reliable car

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Nothing

rksampat
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Simply A Great Car — The Avalon is a highly reliable car with decent gas mileage. 5 passengers can sit very comfortably. It has brand new Michelin tires. Ideal for family and professionals. Toyota reliably is unsurpassed and it is clearly demonstrated in this Avalon.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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ncee writes:
2008 Toyota Avalon Touring Review
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The 2009 Avalon

Cons

not owning one

ncee
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2008 Avalon Is A Fine Car — It's a wonderful car. Yes there are things I'd like to see different, added to the car, such as the coin tray on the dash (like Camry's). I'd like to see some of the controls on the center console a bit different, and maybe more on the steering wheel (yes most of what I'd like to see is on the XLS model). The car is smooth, pretty quiet on the road. It gets pretty good gas mileage considering the V6 and size. I guess if it could be even more quiet at highway speeds, then I'd be as happy as I could be. I have 2500 miles on it so far, hardly enough to give a good review, but so far, so good. I just did have it in for service. It appears the VSS sensors got hit by some ice or whatever, and caused some issues. They had the car for the morning and said it was all set … time will tell. I'm thinking of driving an XLS model to see if it's any better, but I may just wait until the next new model comes out, or maybe start looking at an LS Lexus model. Yes I would recommend this car to anyone I know, looking for a great car.

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nulife210 writes:
2008 Toyota Avalon Limited Review
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Fun and confortable to drive

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If you have money to burn on a Lexus

nulife210
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29 Mpg On Regular Gas. Have You Seen Gas Prices Lately — Toyota is well know for quality. This car delivers both quality and comfort with low maintenance. Smooth accelaration with all creature comforts Oh yeah it's also fun to drive.You will not be dissapointed with this vehicle. 29 MPG on regular gas.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Hassan writes:
2008 Toyota Avalon XL Review
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very powerful

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THE BRAKE

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Nice Car — excellent performance 280 bhp Maximum speed 260 . I tried myself 220 km I recommend this car for all my friends. I believe it is the best car in Toyota. i mean the best saloon car. I LOVE THIS CAR A LOT

Primary Use: Family transportation

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SteveO writes:
2008 Toyota Avalon Touring Review
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Understated luxury. Efficient with scores of space.

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Boring.

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A Very Nice Car. Good Bang For The Buck. — Though I don't get to drive it often, it is a very nice ride. It has been above average in reliability in our first year of ownership. It performs ok (for a front wheel drive) looks very nice and is actually fairly efficient (31 highway MPG) considering size. Ride is a little stiff because of the touring package, but we liked the other options that came with it. Though the performance, ride, and luxury are not as good as my E class that is nearly 10yrs older. I would highly recommend this based upon its superior reliability. PS - Verdict still out based upon sticky gas pedal (yet to have an issue).

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Rocky writes:
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Ultra spacious, classy interiors, smooth ride

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Low on entertainment options

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Toyota Avalon 08 — If u like class along with speed, this is the car to own. The drive is better than a lexus and its the best in its class. Like an economical BM or Merc. the legroom is unmatchable, i nickname it as a moving bedroom :D

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1995 Toyota Avalon Reviews

It's Good If You Take Care Of It And Put Money In It, Not Good If You Have No Money. By Eliezer

Quality is good, but pieces are kinda bad like the door handles and stuff. Performance is good but motor takes a while to kick in. Its a good car to put your friends in and driving around town. Get it... Read More

Solid Reliable. By Sterling

It runs and handles like a dream. 13 years old and no major mechanical problems. 162000+ miles on it and no reason to get rid of it. It can fit 6 adults with pleanty of room in the back seat. Only ... Read More

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1996 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Great Car And Extremely Reliable. By PiercedArmor

I had a friend who retired and was moving to Hawaii. He didn't want to pay to have it shipped, since it was an older car (91,000 miles), He made me a great deal on it and I retired my Acura Legend and... Read More

Sold On This Avy!!! By tjack

Dependable, reliable, descent looking 17 yr. old vehicle. Toyota was spot on with this build. Got it with 255,xxx and 2 yrs. later @ 281,xxx and $2200 in maintenance for suspension parts, my $$ has be... Read More

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1997 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Excellent Value For The Money By Kannnangator

Nothing. I love it. If it were not for the maintenance, I would like to run it till 500,000 miles. Recently changed the catalytic convertor. Next - new tires. That is normal I think. That is all that ... Read More

Awesome Older Car By Dominick

I love this car. It's very reliable, had personality and is a nice place to be on long drives. It has plenty of power for overtaking and merging, or just when you're late to work. It has a velvety smo... Read More

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1998 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Amazing Space Inside And Amazing Gas! By Russell

I bought this car with 198k miles on it for $700, I'm at 207k and have replaced the rack n pinion ($350). A deer ran into the side of this car, need to replace the fender, grille, and the headlamp an... Read More

Toyotaaaa By lovejdmlife

i had a toyota avalov xls turbo and it was grea car to mess with but i traded for a honda and it was really good carr to drive and smashed on mustangs and honda but now i got a honda now i cant say n... Read More

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1999 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Just A Great Family Car By Patrickok

The Avalon has been a great car to own, with few repairs necessary if maintained properly. The car always felt safe, handled well and we enjoyed the quiet and smooth ride. With good tires, it perfor... Read More

Good Overall. Very Smooth Ride By Dan

parts are expensive. i like the car a lot other than that. gets up and scoots well. stops well. has a lot of body roll in corners. there is a squeak out of the rear struts, and a rattle out of the fro... Read More

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