While the full-size Avalon has always been classified as a luxury car, but was historically much more a Toyota than a Lexus. The new third generation model, released in 2005, narrows t...
While the full-size Avalon has always been classified as a luxury car, but was historically much more a Toyota than a Lexus. The new third generation model, released in 2005, narrows that gap considerably.
The new Avalon is quite similar in appearance to the 2005 Lexus ES 350, which has also been redesigned. The Avalon's antiquated front bench seat has been discontinued this year. Toyota's flagship sedan has grown in all dimensions, and the previous commonplace styling has vanished in favor of a bolder look.
The Touring trim is the second tier in Avalon's four-model 2005 lineup. This model is intended as sporty variation, adding 17-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension system. The Touring interior includes leather seating and aluminum trim. Other standard features include a power driver's seat, a cabin air filter, automatic climate control, a nine-speaker CD audio system, full power accessories, and cruise control.
The 3.5 liter engine is new this year, replacing the prior 3.0 liter 210 hp V-6. It is paired with a five-speed electronically controlled transmission. This DOHC, VVT-enhanced power plant generates 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, and sends the Avalon from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.