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2010 Toyota Avalon Trims

Limited

Avg. Price: $21,160

At the head of the Avalon lineup is the 2010 Toyota Avalon Limited. It overcomes its somewhat small 14-cubic-foot trunk (standard through the lineup) by adding such standard amenities as power lumbar supports, multi-level front-seat heating, keyless ignition, memory for driver’s settings, and a power rear sunshade to those items common to its lower-level brethren. This high-end trim also offers radar-guided adaptive cruise control as a trim-exclusive option, while added safety features include turn-signal-integrated mirrors and self-leveling HID headlights.

As with its less-expensive siblings, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2010 Avalon Limited packs a highly regarded 268-hp, 248-lb-ft/torque 3.5-liter V6 and silky-smooth six-speed auto-manual transmission. Variable valve timing nets an estimated 19/28 mpg with the overreaching V6, placing it among the most efficient engines in the sedan market.

XL

Avg. Price: $18,298

Though listed as the base trim of the lineup, the 2010 Toyota Avalon XL is about as far from basic as a family sedan gets. Despite its relatively tiny trunk (14 cubic feet), this masterful highway cruiser offers such standard appearance, comfort, and convenience amenities as 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, power driver’s seat, reclining rear seats, power accessories, cruise control, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, dual-zone climate control, simulated alloy cabin trim accents, and a 6-CD changer with nine speakers. Options include many of the features found standard on the higher trims, as well as a power moonroof. Safety is not overlooked, of course, with standard four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, active front headrests, and daytime running lights, not to mention an optional remote anti-theft alarm.

Boasting a highly regarded 3.5-liter V6 engine and standard six-speed auto-manual transmission, the 2010 Avalon XL will put out 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. With variable valve timing, the V6 is estimated to get 19/28 mpg. All Avalon trims are available only in front-wheel drive (FWD).

XLS

Avg. Price: $19,875

The family-oriented, front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2010 Toyota Avalon XLS sedan represents the mid-level trim in the lineup. As such, this large automobile adds such standard amenities as 17-inch alloy wheels, trip computer, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, power sunroof, heated outside mirrors, universal remote garage door opener, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and simulated wood and alloy cabin accents. Options for the XLS are amped up to include voice-activated DVD navigation and JBL audio components, while a standard remote anti-theft alarm and front fog/driving lights get added to the list of safety equipment.

As with its siblings, the 2010 Avalon XLS is delivered with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and its accompanying six-speed auto-manual transmission for some 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Mileage remains at 19/28 mpg with the V6’s variable valve timing, and the Avalon uses unleaded regular.