All Avalon models feature one of the most powerful V6 engines that Toyota has ever offered in its U.S. model line-up. Equipped with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and a dual-stage variable intake manifold, the 3.5-liter, 24-valve V6 produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The dual VVT-i system optimizes intake and exhaust valve timing to increase high-speed torque and ultimately improve fuel economy.
The powerful V6 is teamed to a five-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission that allows the driver to enjoy a more involved driving experience by controlling gearshifts manually, when desired. The Avalon can effortlessly accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in just 6.6 seconds, and it also achieves admirable estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway. The 2007 Avalon is certified as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).
Responsive handling makes Avalon engaging to drive, yet ride quality remains a benchmark of smoothness. The XL model features 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, with 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels standard on the Touring, XLS and Limited grades.
Michelin Energy MXV4 P215/55 R17 tires were designed exclusively for the Avalon Touring and Limited models to improve control, responsive steering and sharpened handling.
The Touring model features a more firmly tuned suspension and higher coil spring rates than other Avalon models, and its wheels feature a graphite finish. All Avalon models are equipped with a standard full-size spare tire.
Toyota optimized the exterior design of the Avalon for minimal wind noise. Numerous small details contribute to lower cabin noise and vibration, including refining the shape of the A-pillar and side mirrors and lowering the position of the aerodynamic windshield wipers. In addition, the Avalon Limited model offers a specially designed acoustic windshield.
The Avalon body structure was strengthened to help meet the latest side impact standards. The supplemental restraint system (SRS) includes standard front seat-mounted side airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags that help provide protection in certain types of severe side impacts. The Avalon also features a driver’s knee airbag as standard equipment.
The standard anti-lock brake system (ABS) can help the driver maintain steering control during sudden stops by preventing brake lock-up. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) optimizes braking pressure at each wheel to help minimize body dive or sway during hard braking and cornering.
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is available with traction control (TRAC) and Brake Assist (BA) on all models. VSC helps control side skids under demanding conditions by detecting and helping to correct loss of lateral traction during cornering. The VSC system integrates traction control (TRAC) to help limit wheel spin on slippery road surfaces.
The Brake Assist system can help the driver take full advantage of the ABS in emergency situations. Brake Assist is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking and, if the driver has not stepped firmly enough on the brake pedal to activate the ABS, it applies maximum braking pressure until the driver releases pedal pressure.
The Avalon XL grade is extremely well equipped and includes as standard a premium AM/FM/cassette/CD stereo system with nine speakers; dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration; remote keyless entry; power door locks with an anti-lockout feature; power windows with driver and passenger automatic up/down with jam protection and retained power; a multi-adjustable power driver’s seat, and a center console storage area.
Additional standard features include a tilt and telescopic steering column; steering wheel mounted audio and climate controls; multi-function information display with audio, climate control, temperature and trip computer; cruise control; engine immobilizer security system, and a maintenance indicator light.
The Touring grade – in addition to its sporty suspension tuning – adds comfort features over the XL, including leather-trimmed seats; a power front passenger seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and aluminum door scuff plates.
Also adding to the XL standard features, the XLS grade includes a power moonroof; four-way adjustable power passenger seat; in-dash six-disc CD changer; dual heated outside mirrors with auto-dimming electrochromic driver’s side; auto-dimming electrochromic rearview mirror with compass; aluminum door scuff plates, and an anti-theft system.