With its 2013 redesign, the Avalon became more stylish and engaging to drive. This rethought big sedan is impressive in many ways, with a spacious interior, improved handling, and powerful yet efficient powertrains. But some of the changes eroded the car's luxurious and easy-going nature. It no longer has the pillow-soft ride of its predecessor, which was one of its more remarkable features.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC available from 2000, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags standard from 2005. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2013, standard from 2017.
Road Test

With its 2013 redesign, the Avalon became more stylish and engaging to drive. This rethought big sedan is impressive in many ways, with a spacious interior, improved handling, and powerful yet efficient powertrains. But some of the changes eroded the car's luxurious and easy-going nature. It no longer has the pillow-soft ride of its predecessor, which was one of its more remarkable features. The sharp new styling also took its toll on visibility, access, and the notably large backseat, which is now narrower and provides less legroom.

We tested two Avalons in the top Limited trim. The first is powered by a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The other is a hybrid, powered by 200-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with electric assist, mated to a continuously variable transmission. Fuel economy was impressive in both cars: We averaged 24 mpg overall with the V6 and 36 mpg overall in the Hybrid. Both powertrains operate with silky smoothness and provide good acceleration.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
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Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (200 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (268 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Toyota Avalon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Drain line for moon roof was clogged, caused water stain on roof liner"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"tiny drops of water come through the sunroof when I go through a car wash. molding pops off under seat when seats adjusted"

Malcolm T., IL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Poor design of the roof/door line. When it rains and you open either of the front doors, water streams into the car, onto the dash (into the front, side air vents), and on the driver or passenger. When the doors are shut, there is no water leakage. H"

Douglas A., CA (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"No water leaks just air"

Michael D., FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"skylight"

Robert B., SC (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"a leak in the firewall area created a water problem on the passenger side floor"

D C., NJ (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Some of the wind noise has to be frominsufficient seals"

Doug K., WI (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"back deck rattled - fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, AR (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattle in the Dashboard"

Anonymous, AR (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Moon roof had a loose connection--Fixed by dealer immediately"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Bad rattles in headliner around rear window"

Ronald M., WA (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"A lot a squeaks and rattles in interior"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattle in the center console. First attempt to resolve it failed. Another attempt tomorrow, 5/20/15"

Sandra Z., FL (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE)

"Clicking in steering wheel when turning"

Mary S., NY (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"body squeaks when temperatures change"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"There was a knocking or rattling around the passenger front seat. It took several tries for the dealership to figure out that it came from the area around the glove box. The dash had to be taken apart. It was fixed with padding"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"loose packing material was discovered in the roof assembly by the dealer. It was removed and the problem was solved"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Loose ceiling panel. Toyota quickly fixed the problem"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Interior is plagued with various rattles. One from dash, one from front door which is present when bass is played in sound system, and another from rear deck while driving over bumps"

Michael P., FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Interior door panel on Passenger side had a long term rattle that evaded Toyota Techs for multiple visits. We discovered source with door open and noticed blank plugin hole in upper left of door .Advised Toyota, they installed plug and rattle was re"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattle in rear window shade & and now does not work part ordered"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I put up with the slight annoying rattle for a year before the mechanic and I could hear it at 70 MPH. It happened when letting up on gas. Mechanic and garage had never had it happen before. It was under the motor area, some pan had to be retighten"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rear Sunscreen does not seat itself properly"

Phil B., LA (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Rattles in the door. Addressed by Toyota by trying to lock parts into place with expandable foam or other adhesive"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Have rattle that dealer can't stop"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"whole roof liner replaced 3 times. windshield damaged by replacement. roof rattles in heat. plastic molding under seat somewhere rattles in cold. roof liner a real problem for other owners. droops in back near rear window"

Malcolm T., IL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Taking foot off brake peddle fast , the peddle slaps on the stop pad. Sounds like an old Ford pickup!"

Jack E., PA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Dash and drivers door have rattles. Been to dealer twice with issue and it still remains"

Sue S., NJ (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Traded 2009 Maxima because of rattles. After 2000 miles this Avalon has as many rattles. Very disappointed. Not near the quality of a previous Avalon we had"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"There was a noise behind the dash that continuously squeaked until the dealer took the dash apart to repair"

Larry F., GA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle behind the audio system could not be replicated by the service dept. at my dealer facility. It has gotten a little more prominent and will perhaps be detected next time I go in for service; our roads in OK are very full of potholes; MO's are n"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Squeak from RF strut assembly. Identified by dealer but not repaired due to cost. Not a safety hazard....just annoying"

Bill C., VA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"The back sunshade had random rattles. Toyota replaced the system after 3 other attempts at repair"

Michael M., OK (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger side rattle"

Lee J., AR (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rear deck behind rear seat rattled. Fixed by placing tissue under plastic to keep from vibrating"

Mark H., IL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaks very noticeable when driving slow and going over bumps"

Barbara K., WI (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Suspension is making noise, might be the shocks"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Dashboard materials squeak during driving"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"R R window leaked wind"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Comes from B pillar on drivers side Toyota has been unresponsive Said all seals were fine"

Anonymous, AR (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Road noises are loud in the car"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise through side mirror"

Anonymous, OH (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"every time we drove on a windy day, something would "rattle""

Anonymous, CO (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Seems to have more than normal wind noise and some road noise"

Anonymous, MS (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Road and wind noise is bothersome even after getting aftermarket undercoating"

Doug K., WI (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Has a lot of road noise. Wind noise around front doors. I have had 3 other Avalons and this is the worst one"

Michael D., FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Occasional/unexplained loud whistling noise from RF dash area at speeds of 45+MPH. Unable to find source"

Bill C., VA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"loud enough,that sometimes I think door is ajar"

Ronald M., TN (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Dealer could not fix. bring it back later. It will cost about $1500 to repair"

Joe L., AR (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittently the view from the backup camera would be upside down. This issue has not returned since the connections to the enfotainment system were corrected/reseated"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Blindspot sensor went our shortly after purchase. They replaced the system"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"The expensive unit failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Can't read come of the controls because they are so dim. Impossible to read in sunlight"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"outside temperature is too small to see"

Anonymous, MT (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Multiple times - the Entune system just freezes. I have had the firmware updated too"

Jeffrey S., TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Difficult to use, touch screen is constantly accidentally activated when using another control"

Anonymous, MT (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Occasionally loses track of current position"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"System is VERY confusing & consumer unfriendly. On occasion, incorrect info is dispensed. In order to make a left turn, system advises to drive past destination, make U turn, return to location, & then make a right turn"

Paul B., IL (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"System continues to " go off on it's own " after a destination has been loaded. Several times on a highway without any exits near the system was telling me to turn left. I loaded an address in York Pa. and it set up the route from a saved location in Florida I have visited 6 months ago"

Randy G., MD (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The nav system has not performed correctly since the car was purchased.I contacted Toyota Corp. and after some attempt to convince me it was working properly, which it was not, I purchased a Garmin. I ran a test running both on parallel on trips on varying duration. The In dash nav system gave me wrong directional info or got me to a wrong location about 10 times more than the Garmin"

Michael O., GA (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"CUMBERSOME KEPT TRYING TO SEND US TO WRONG ADDRESS REPLACED TWICE UNDER WARRANTY NEED TO SCRAP THIS SYSTEM I NOW USE MY SMART PHONE"

Paul B., ME (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The voice microphone doesn't always work. I've taken it to the dealer and they won't replace it until they "run tests". Yet when they took it off and put it back, it worked perfectly...for 3 months. I plan to take it back. Again. I am annoyed"

Patricia A., CA (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"wouldn't pair. dealer replaced radio under warranty. now pairs"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"despite repeated repairs by the dealer (4) it still does't work properly. I can hear the other person,but my transmission is garbled"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"The radio shorted out, this caused my rearview mirror to break and the voice controls to stop working. I had to take it to the dealer 3 times to get it all to work right as they kept fixing one issue and creating another"

Benjamin M., TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Bad speaker"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)

"Base and Treble not adjustable"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"HD radio is not the quality of the JBL system in our 2007 Avalon. Sounds tinny. Cutting in/out of HD and repeating. Speakers buzz at normal volumn"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Speaker was bad. Warranty repla it and it is okay"

Anonymous, MS (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Speakers

"Sub woofer speaker in drivers side door cracked and Dealer/Toyota would not replace under the warranty period"

Duane C., NV (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Steering wheel controls

"Steering wheel controls would not properly operate the Nav system or volume controls of the enfotainment system. After a few trips to the dealer, they found an issue with the connection/wiring to the enfoatianment system. Fortunately we purchased an extended warranty & service contract so it was covered"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Telematics computer failed and even though I did not use the SOS system, the microphone for voice commands goes through this module and prevented the mic from working for voice commands and for bluetooth phone. Fixed under warranty"

Ed L., SC (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Moldy smell from a/c vents"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Often it cannot understand my voice commands"

William O., WI (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Often misunderstands me and I do not have any type of accent. Also, if you are calling somebody and it's ringing loud if you turn the volume down it automatically disconnects the call"

Scott E., FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Often does not recognize names or verbal instruction"

W C., TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Door molding and window trim were loose and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, AR (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"front grille pop out at bottom missing body screw in rear bumper"

Brian P., BC (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rear AC vent keeps breaking when kids put their feet on it"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"this is the sunroof inside cover previously addressed"

Edward B., CA (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"seatbacks came loose-said factory recall-not fixed yet"

Jesse P., TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Front seat (both) backs fell off, or, came loose at top"

Henry H., FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Panels on back of front seats had inferior retention clips, resulting in rattling followed by complete panel disengagement"

Robert D., CA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"2 Recalls involved backs of front seats and were replaced"

James B., NC (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Back of driver's seat plastic molding fell off, but Toyota issued a recall and it has since been replaced"

Todd M., CO (2013 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)

"recall for seat back covers passenger seat covering came loose"

Don-Pat R., VA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Interior headliner became partially detached requiring re-attachment. Front seatbacks became detached and broken requiring replacement"

Michael P., FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the backs of both front seats. I had to replace the headliner twice"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Outer side of driver's seat broke or somehow came off (lower shield that has contols on it)"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Plastic part break clips and parts back of seats, sun glass holder, plastic grommets hold covers in trunk and cargo net"

John S., NY (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The headliner came off and was completely replaced, in the process they broke the satilite radio antenna. The seatbacks also came off. The drivers seat leather had to be replaced because it was not attached right"

Benjamin M., TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"headliner detached and required replacement. Front seat back panels detached and required replacement. Back window sunscreen rattled requiring replacement"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"molding around the doors have started coming off Hood liner as well"

Fred C., MD (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"seat back recall"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Headliner became loose and was replaced by Toyota"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Body has about 10 small (less than dime size) areas where the paint has been chipped or damaged"

Todd M., CO (2013 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)

"Numerous paint defects all over the car. Look like smudges"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Rust spot on trunk - dealer will have toyota rep look at it and decide if toyota will pay for the repair"

Robert Y., VT (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"alarm goes off on its own just sitting in the driveway or parking lot"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"fog lights - glass broke on both at same time; not sure what cause lens to break. no exterior damage' there appears to have scraped under front fender"

Anonymous, LA (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Automatic high beams would not turn off when faced with oncoming traffic"

Lee J., AR (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Automatic bright light dimming often fails on meeting other cars at night"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Toyota fixed problem"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Heat would come on without me turning it on. Would happen in the summer months but a couple of times during the cold"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Seats don't cool! Lumbar support won't stay inflated. Toyota would not warranty the lumbar seat bladder that failed during the warranty period"

Duane C., NV (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"When the heat is adjusted to max for the rear seat, the duct, which runs through the center console gets extremely hot and is apparently not insulated. It makes the side of the console extremely hot to the touch"

Robert M., VA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"The lever for the cars lights and wipers do not light up. When driving at night, you cannot see these levers. I feel this is a safety hazard. Even though these levers have "auto" settings, they can easily be accidentally moved into other positions"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"rear passenger side lock failure"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Low tire light comes on for no reason and the dealer must reset it. I was told I should have the tires inflate with something other than air todolve the problem at at a cost of $50. Not covered by warranty"

Bill L., IN (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

"sensor indicating engine needed service had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Warning light associated with a recall relating to the sensor system"

Jean G., IL (2013 Toyota Avalon Premium 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Dealer's periodic inspect. revealed out of alignment. Considered normal wear, so not covered under warranty. Outrageous"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"My car got out of alignment and quickly wore out the tires and even though I had it serviced regularly at the Toyota Dealership I was never informed of the issue until I noticed the tires were slick on the inside"

Andrea M., LA (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

"Little shock absorption on rough roads"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"I have owned several Avalons in the past and this one drives like a truck. You feel every bump"

Steve S., TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"excess noise on road due to first 1" of movement in one front strut"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Car provides very bumpy ride on uneven surfaces (road corrugation, ruts, bumps, potholes, etc.)"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The ride is very rough on other than very smooth roads. You feel every bump and dip in the road which is jarring to the driver and passengers"

Larry F., GA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"Upper strut bearing failure"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Casing needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Tires were down to 4/32 after less than 3 1/2 years and 23000 miles. They were original equipment Michelin tires. Very poor quality"

Bob N., CO (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Wheel balance

"car has 'shutter' at 50 mph- have had dealer balance 3 or 4 times with no solution. Claims it is possible the wheel rim is bent causing problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Smell"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Everytime I move my hand toward the center control area, the system changes some thing like air speed, temp control, etc. It is much too sensitive and should be replaced. Toyota has refused to do that"

Steve S., TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"We drive about one hour thirty minutes to work. During cold mornings, we set the temp and the car interior warms up fine. After about 55 minutes (very regularly), it feels like the system "shuts off." While the electronic displays don't change nor do"

Douglas A., CA (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Condenser

"Car always smells when you turn on air"

Fred C., MD (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Failed to hold refrigerant . Two Rpr estimates 1400 and 1700"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Recall from Toyota"

Thomas H., TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"there was NO heat in the back seat"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Refrigerant leaks

"Evaporator was bad, $1700.00 to fix"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust fumes come into cabin when the engine is loaded such as climbing a hill or accelerating. Toyota sent a master mechanic and I demonstrating the problem. They did not find the cause, the technical manual did not recognize the problem, therefore Toyota will neither warrant the problem nor take responsibility for it. I have traded the car for the Highlander"

Michael M., OK (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"I think Entune is a poor system. It is no where near the state of the art. I do not care about several of the Apps such as Open Table. Just make it work. Also, a Garmin GPS is vastly better than the Entune system"

Jeffrey S., TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Almost impossible to operate without dealer assistance. Have returned to a Toyota dealer, @ least 5 times for help & still have unworkable difficulties"

Paul B., IL (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Didn't work from beginning"

Charles B., MD (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Very hard to set up. When it's set up it often crashes. I finally just gave up on it"

William O., WI (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"I had to have the radio replaced due to malfunction on the screen. When I did they put in a (refurbished radio) per Toyota's policy they say. As a result, my 3 year commercial free Pandora was lost"

Scott E., FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Hard to program. Drops Bluetooth pairing on regular basis"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Recall"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"The car made a noise when the brake pedal was released. The dealership tried lubricating the boot on the brake pedal which did not fix the issue. Toyota technical support was contacted by the dealership and advised changing the master cylinder, brake"

Daryl Z., MI (2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Parking brake

"Parking brake would not stay on"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Given our very low milage on the 2013 Avalon, we were surprised to encounter such an expensive ($800) brake repair"

Billy H., VA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Right rear rotor had premature rust on it. Dealer replaced under warranty with no cost to me"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The rotor problem was part of the unexpected bill ($800) that related to our unexpected braking bill"

Billy H., VA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

"according to the Toyota service department at the local dealer, rust build-up on a rotor was the cause for my brake problem"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Gas cap door would not open, required part and repair"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"The manually operated slide cover on the inside of the sunroof will not stay closed. It works its way loose after several days - so Toyota cannot replicate the problem - so they do nothing"

Edward B., CA (2013 Toyota Avalon Touring 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Trunk finish pieces are plastic and have come loose, rattle and require frequent reattachment"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rattles in rear window shade auto arms fixed under warranty. Piece in trunk intended to secure tension (spring) rods broke. Fixing under warranty for second time now. Dealer says piece should not be plastic and is poorly designed. Expects a recal"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"Windows Keep Freezing In The Winter Still Not Working In The Winter"

Bob P., NJ (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"engine sometimes,not often, does not respond to pedal, may be a linkage or computer issue dealer casn not recreate the problem"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"found oil spots on ground dealer replaced a gasket"

Ruth E., FL (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Transmission would not shift smoothly into 6th gear. Torque Converter was determined to be the problem. the Dealership rebuilt/installed new Torque Converter to fix the problem this was covered under my Extended Warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Rough shifting and slight stalling after placing car in park over a period of three months. Toyota reportedly replaced the transmission for a new one; 60,000 mile or 5 year warranty"

Debra D., TN (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Oil leaking into cylinders causing blue smoke upon starting"

Kl D., LA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"the seal around the Timing Belt area was leaking oil that sprayed over the engine. This was discovered when I took the car for a oil change at the Toyota dealer. Toyota kept the car for three days"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota Avalon Limited 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Went to put fuel in car and could not get the body gas cover to open. Checked manual and learned of a latch in the trunk. Pulled the latch and it did not work. Ended up going to a garage and they popped the door off for me (I did not have enough gas"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"A local service station jumpstarted the car for me and I drove it to the dealership 50 miles away. They replaced the battery without charge"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Engine would stop"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Avalon XLE 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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