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8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2013 Toyota Avalon Review

If you’re looking for a large car, consider a used 2013 Toyota Avalon. It ranks high because it does many things well, though it doesn’t stand out in any one area. It has a comfortable, spacious interior; handling is composed; and ownership costs are reasonable for the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin materials
  • Good fuel economy for the segment
  • Dull touch-screen display

2013 Toyota Avalon Overview

Is the 2013 Toyota Avalon a Good Used Car?

A 2013 Toyota Avalon is a good used large car. It has a powerful V6 that delivers strong acceleration, and the ride is tuned for comfort. The Avalon is also filled with many standard features, premium materials, and a large back seat.

Used 2013 Toyota Avalon Performance and Interior

There’s only one powertrain in the front-wheel-drive Avalon: a potent V6 engine with a silky smooth six-speed automatic transmission. The Avalon has poised handling while still maintaining a comfortable ride. It earns 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway – one of the higher EPA-estimated fuel-economy ratings among large cars.

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The 2013 Avalon has room for five on leather upholstery. Heated front-row seats are standard, and both rows are comfortable. The top-of-the-line Limited trim comes standard with heated and cooled front seats, as well as a heated second row. The Avalon has two complete LATCH child-seat systems on the rear outboard seats, as well as a middle-seat tether anchor.

The standard Avalon is well-equipped with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.1-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming. A navigation system is available in models equipped with Entune – Toyota’s multimedia system, which also incorporates apps like Pandora. The touch screen works well and uses smartphonelike technology for the climate controls and infotainment system, but its graphics could be better. As technology continues to change, note that modern devices may not connect smoothly with 2013 systems.

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Used 2013 Toyota Avalon Prices

The price of a used 2013 Toyota Avalon ranges from about $15,900 for the XLE trim to around $18,400 for the Limited trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We analyzed 20 Toyota Avalon reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2013 Avalon.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Toyota Avalon?

The Avalon has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is above average for the auto industry as a whole and better than most scores in the class.

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How Safe Is the Avalon?

The 2013 Avalon received five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA awarded it five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover and front crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Avalon a Top Safety Pick. The sedan earned the IIHS’ highest rating of Good in all four crash tests: moderate overlap front, side, roof, and rear. The Avalon has no standard active safety features, but you’ll get a rearview camera in XLE Premium models and above. The XLE Touring trim comes with a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, and a pre-collision system is available only in the Limited trim.

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Is the 2013 Avalon the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Toyota Avalon launched a new generation. To the 2014 Avalon, Toyota added a standard rearview camera, while 2015 models received an upgraded Entune system and paddle shifters. In the end, sticking with a used 2013 model will likely save you money without sacrificing much in the way of features.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Avalon comes in four trims: XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited. The base XLE is well-equipped with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, an infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver's seat, a four-way power adjustable front passenger seat, push-button start, and three 12-volt outlets. The Toyota Avalon XLE Premium trim adds a power moonroof, a rearview camera, and keyless trunk entry. The XLE Touring comes with a nine-speaker Entune infotainment system with navigation, satellite radio, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. The top-of-the-line Avalon Limited adds features like rain-sensing windshield wipers; tri-zone automatic climate control; and an 11-speaker, HDD (hard disk drive) Entune infotainment system with a 7-inch split touch screen. The HDD allows you to download system updates via your smartphone. The Avalon Limited also has heated and cooled front seats. You should find the XLE Premium meets most of your needs, but you might want to consider the XLE Touring for its additional standard safety features.

Even with the Avalon’s above-average reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Toyota Avalon and Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for better fuel economy from a large sedan, check out the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. It has a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine and a pair of electric motors that earn an EPA-estimated 40/39 mpg city/highway.

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Avalon or 2013 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse and 2013 Avalon are similar top-flight large cars. Each has an upscale interior, roomy back seats, a comfortable ride, and outstanding safety scores. The biggest difference is with the powertrain. The Avalon’s only engine is a V6 that offers an excellent balance of power and fuel economy. The LaCrosse has a standard four-cylinder modified hybrid that has less power but exceptional gas mileage, in addition to an available V6 that ups the power quotient but delivers the worst fuel economy of the three. The Toyota has more cargo space, but you’ll probably pay considerably less for the Buick.

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Avalon or 2013 Chrysler 300?

The 2013 Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon are both good large cars. Each has good cargo space, an upscale interior, and a decent base V6 engine. For sportiness and technology, the 300 is your best choice. It has a range of available, potent V8 engines, and the standard rear-wheel-drive setup delivers sportier handling. The infotainment system has a large, user-friendly 8.4-inch screen that’s considered one of the best in the class. For reliability and comfort, look to the Avalon. Its front-wheel drive provides consistent traction regardless of weather, and it has an above-average reliability rating in contrast to the 300’s below-average score.

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