Reliable, but don't expect too much of it
There should be an oil storage compartment in the trunk as this engine burns the same amount of oil as a Russian truck would burn, 1 litre per 5000 km as average. (Owner handbook says 1 litre per 1000 km is acceptable! OMG...)
After 35k Km, it started to release black thick smoke behind it every time I try to get some power out of it, and I feel like I'm driving second hand junk.
Brake disks on the front wheels wore prematurely; after 42k there is more than a millimeter groove.
The rain sensor for the wipers acts strange, let alone the poor wiper speed management options.
Front lights could be designed more carefully; they collect dirt, and once they get semi opaque, there's no option but driving slow and careful.
The fuel tank cap leaks, and I got a permanent stain of fuel under it.
Same problem with the oil cap on the engine.
My Avensis is an SW, so I got an huge trunk.
Plenty of space on the inside too.
Decent interior design and finish.
Fuel consumption as mentioned in technical data, 6,2/ 100km on average.
Intelligent gizmos not more than necessary: ABS, EDS, ESP, TRC and they are working well.
Excellent safety features (9 airbags).
Dark rear windows factory fitted (even so, it's getting very hot inside on summer sunny days).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th May, 2010