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2012 Toyota Avalon Trims

Base

Avg. Price: $24,338

For those who need a 5-passenger sedan that actually seats 5, the 2012 Toyota Avalon should fit the bill. This 4-door family automobile packs 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space on its full-size frame, not to mention an admirably comfy and cavernous cabin and peppy V6 power. Feature-wise, this entry-level sedan boasts a power sunroof and heated power-adjustable mirrors outside, while the cabin sports leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, reclining rear seats, and leather, simulated wood and simulated alloy cabin accents.

Full power accessories are, of course, part of the Base Avalon’s standard goodies, as are cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, a universal remote garage door opener and a rear-view camera. Dual-zone climate control will keep everyone comfy, while Bluetooth hands-free calling keeps passengers current. Finally, a 9-speaker audio system boasting a single-CD player, satellite radio and a USB port will ensure that one and all remain entertained and enlightened.

Optional equipment, meantime, includes a Preferred Accessory Package and a Protection Package, each with carpeted floor mats. The former with glass breakage sensor, while the latter sports a rear bumper applique and door edge guards. The available navigation suite, meantime, will help guide the way, with remote engine start, an upgraded 495-watt JBL audio system, heated front seats and an available rear spoiler returning as standalone options.

The peppy variable-valve-timed (VVT) 3.5-liter V6 engine remains standard in the 2012 Avalon Base, with the smoothly competent 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission ensuring 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. If towing a small trailer is in order, this full-size trim allows up to 1,000 pounds of towing when properly equipped, while gas mileage in this front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) 4-door is estimated at 19 mpg city/28 highway.

Noteworthy standard safety features remain 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Additional safety equipment delivered with this entry-level Avalon includes front fog/driving lights, daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors and a remote antitheft alarm. Optional safety equipment, finally, includes an Emergency Assistance Kit with various emergency supplies.

Limited

Avg. Price: $25,920

Toyota’s top-shelf 2012 Avalon Limited is the quintessential 5-passenger full-size sedan. Packed with 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, passenger room galore and V6 power and pizzazz, this family-oriented 4-door also flaunts a power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable mirrors on its handsome frame.

Inside, look for premium leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, reclining rear seats, a power rear sunshade, leather, simulated wood and simulated alloy accents, full power accessories and memory for driver's settings. Cruise control and tilt-wheel steering also adorn the high-end Avalon Limited, with a standard universal remote garage door opener, rear-view camera and auto-dimming rear-view mirror also thrown in.

Techno-goodies, meanwhile, include standard Bluetooth hands-free communications, as well as a 495-watt JBL premium audio system with an MP3-capable 6-CD changer, 12 Surround Sound speakers, a USB port, satellite radio and auxiliary iPod integration.

Optional equipment available to the flagship Avalon Limited includes the Preferred Accessory Package and the Protection Package, with carpeted floor mats, glass breakage sensors, rear bumper appliqués and door edge guards all available with one package or the other. Finally, remote engine start, a rear spoiler and a navigation suite are all available as standalone options.

Powering the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2012 Avalon Limited is a variable-valve-timed (VVT) 3.5-liter V6 engine that mates with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. If, for some reason, towing capacity is a factor, look for a maximum of 1,000 pounds with the proper equipment, while mileage is again estimated at 19 mpg city/28 highway.

Finally, the 2012 Avalon Limited boasts standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front headrest whiplash protection and front side-mounted airbags as part of its notable standard safety equipment. Further standard safety items include daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors and a remote antitheft alarm, with an optional Emergency Assistance Kit providing a number of handy roadside emergency aids.