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2013 Toyota Avalon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Toyota Avalon was new.


Interior: 8.0

The automotive press agrees that the redesigned 2013 Toyota Avalon has one of the nicest interiors you’ll find in the class. They note that the cabin boasts an attractive interior design and premium materials, which gives the Avalon an upscale feel. Additionally, critics say that the Avalon excels with a comfortable, spacious interior and a large back seat.

  • "The redesigned interior represents a massive upgrade. Leather upholstery covers the seats in every Avalon, and a vinyl-wrapped dashboard gives the appearance of real hide." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Even in the plain XLE, the Avalon's cockpit is gorgeously detailed, roomy and shockingly comfortable." -- Edmunds 
  • "A subtle but distinctive element is the beautiful done-by-hand stitching that distinguishes the dashboard and seats. It's the kind of thoughtful touch that reinforces the owner's purchase decision every time he or she opens the door." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "Inside, there's a new interior aesthetic that is very high-tech and high-design. Capacitive controls on the floating center stack, which pushes the audio and climate controls into easy reach from the steering wheel, lend a futuristic look and surprisingly do not suck." -- CNET


With such a spacious interior and ample seating, test drivers say you’ll be comfortable in the Toyota Avalon no matter where you sit. The Avalon seats five, and comes with leather-trimmed seats and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats come with the Limited trim.

  • "Riders will find that the rear seat remains large and comfortable, though; Toyota believes it's spacious enough to test the waters of the livery market with the new model (orders accepted for black cars only, please)." -- Car and Driver 
  • "The rear seat even has some shape to it that should keep it comfortable over long cruises." -- Edmunds 
  • "In terms of comfort, the front seats are more supportive than in years past, while rear seat passengers are treated to an abundance of legroom and headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Like its predecessors, the latest Avalon was designed around Camry architectural elements, but it's bigger-based on interior volume, the EPA classifies it as a large car-with adult-size roominess front and rear." -- Popular Mechanics 

Interior Features

The base 2013 Toyota Avalon XLE comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and Toyota’s Display Audio sound system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, eight speakers, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an auxiliary input and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include tri-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded stereo with navigation and satellite radio, a backup camera and radar-based cruise control.

The Avalon doesn’t have buttons for its audio and climate controls. Instead, these functions are selected using capacitive touch switches, which work similarly to a smartphone’s touchscreen. One reviewer writes that the Avalon’s capacitive switchgear is easy to use, noting that the Ford Taurus has a similar system that doesn’t work as well. The optional JBL stereo also receives praise for its excellent sound quality; however one reviewer says that the sound system rattled the door panels in his test car.

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  • "Toyota's latest batch of infotainment options such as advanced voice recognition, mobile application integration and hard-drive-based navigation should appeal to tech-savvy buyers. And, unlike the Ford Taurus, the Avalon's capacitive touch switches for the audio and climate control functions are responsive and straightforward." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Avalon is also available with a few different audio rigs. At the top is an 11-speaker JBL Synthesis system that uses an external amplifier and a pair of powered subwoofers. This system sounded pretty good during my road testing, but I noticed a rattling coming from the door panels in our test car." -- CNET 


The 2013 Avalon has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit less than you’ll find in the Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus. However, some test drivers are impressed with the amount of space provided. A split-folding rear seat is standard on all models.

  • "This roofline disguises the trunk's hugeness (16.0 cu ft in the V-6 models and 14.0 in the Hybrid), but the roomy backseat is obvious from afar." -- Automobile Magazine 

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