2004 Toyota Avalon XLS 3.0 from North America
Non looker, non performance, reliable as all get up, and smoother than glass
When I bought the car, the steering was just a little off from aligned.
Every day I kick myself for selling this car. Sure it's not that pretty, and it's nowhere near the fastest car. But you can't get a better ride, comfort, space.
Only reason I sold it is because I thought I needed a faster car.
This is car is just as good as any Lexus ES300; in fact I like it more.
I love the interior layout. The rear room is outstanding. It's definitely got an old person feel to it, but hey I love to be comfortable.
This is the perfect highway sedan.
It had automatic windshield wipers; never knew how much I'd miss that once it was gone.
I put some Michelin tires on this car, absolutely no road noise at all driving this thing. Smooth as glass.
There is only one car I can think of that I want before this car on the highway, and that would be the Lexus LS400, but that just isn't a fair comparison, that thing costs twice as much.
I've had about every car maker: Ford, Toyota, Nissan, and Honda.
Toyota during mid 90s and on, just know how to deliver a great product; you can't go wrong.
18 city, 27 highway MPG.
The engines go forever. If you can find a 2003-2004 XLS, jump on it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th June, 2015
26th Oct 2018, 21:33
About 3 years after this review, went and bought another Avalon for my 45 mile round trip highway commute I make 3 days out of the week. Couldn't be happier. It's a 2001 with 330K on it, that's not a typo, 330K, still silky smooth drivetrain. Once I put some new suspension parts on front & rear, it will be as good as new.
27th Oct 2018, 17:33
Toyota was really at a peak during these years and built some great vehicles. The problem is that these vehicles were so reliable many people didn't do any maintenance on them and they suffered for that. Later years were good, but Toyota had to start cutting corners, on materials... plastics... seats and other items to keep that profit margin going. If you are lucky enough to get one of these older models and are handy with mechanics, many of these vehicles still have a lot of life in them. And the salvage yards and eBay sites are filled with parts to keep them going. But there is a caution to over the top smog states like California. Passing smog is a key factor in keeping these vehicles on the road. Make sure the seller gets the smog and the numbers look good on the smog report.