Who gets to do burnouts in the middle of Manhattan? Who gets to stand on full ABS stops on empty side streets? Who gets to do all this and more without anyone noticing? The Toyota Avalon driver.
[For reasons beyond my understanding, Toyota exported the American-made, second-generation Toyota Avalon back to Japan and sold it as the 'Pronard.' Toyota did not repeat the process for successive generations of the Avalon. Photo Credit: Toyota]
It's been a long while since any Toyota could claim cool cred, but with a some fancy bodywork and a few interesting colors, anything is possible, right?
Here's the scenario: You're shopping for your dream car, a Toyota Camry, but you come to realize it is hardly "an experience above all else." You find that it lacks "superior comfort," "refined driving performance," and is not "built exclusively in America."
Car enthusiasts don't particularly care about the Buick-wannabe Avalon. It's an expensive FWD car for older people. Judging by this teaser of a new American-designed sedan for the New York Auto Show next month, Toyota's at least trying to shave the average buyer age in the sub-AARP zone.
Few vehicles ever came closer to the pinnacle of beige than the Toyota Avalon, an attempt to out-Buick Buick. Yet with some bodywork one Avalon has become the ToyUteA. Lose some doors, add a bed, get a reason to exist.
Toyota to voluntarily recall 373,000 2000-2004 Avalons to fix the steering lock bar. It could break and cause... fiery death! [Toyota]
When Buick's latest version of its big Lucerne sedan hits dealerships in April, it will no longer be called CXS but instead "Super," following in the footsteps of little brother LaCrosse, which received a similar designation last year. According to GM, the Lucerne Super will be priced just south of $40K. The main…