2003 Toyota Avalon Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$3,608 - $5,515
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
21 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
210
Seats
5-6

How 2003 Toyota Avalon Ranks In Its Class

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#12
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#2
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Toyota Avalon Models & Trims

chevronDown icon XL $3,608 - $4,941
Horsepower: 210 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0 (in.) - Alloy, Aluminum, Steel
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Horsepower: 210 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 x 6.0, 16 x 6.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.22
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1 star
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15 Years and Still Going Strong!

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The Avalon is comfortable, reliable and economical. My Avalon is 15 years old and still in great shape. I have it serviced regularly and make sure the tires are properly inflated and in good shape. It still gets close to 30 MPG highway. After 15 years, it is getting some body rust. This could be easily repairable but I'm planning on trading it in within the next 3-4 years.

Kirk R
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It is durable and long lasting. My car is 15 years old and still going great!

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I have a used car that is very old, but it is still in great shape and rarely has engine troubles. For being a sedan, it is very spacious and has a ton of room in the trunk. It is very long, which makes it hard to park sometimes, but that comes with the spaciousness I suppose. I have rarely had a complaint about this car. Very reliable.

Rachel H
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I have loved my moonroof. The splurge was worth it!

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I have loved this car since I bought it new. Has had regular maintenance-new tires, rear brakes, oil changes, etc.. The exterior has a few dings and bad places from regular wear and tear. It has been hit in the rear once and was fixed and the I got hit again. Haven't bit he bullet to have it fixed just yet. Runs well and is a good car.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$3,608 - $4,941
$3,994 - $5,515

Horsepower

Horsepower
210 (hp)
210 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.0L DOHC MPFI 24
3.0L DOHC MPFI 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Optional
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
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Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Not Available
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Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Not Available
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Not Available
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Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
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Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.7 (in.)
41.7 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.7 (in.)
38.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
40.1 (in.)
40.1 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.9 (in.)
37.9 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.9 (cu. ft.)
15.9 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional
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Not Available

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
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Standard
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Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Not Available
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Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Standard
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Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5 - 6
5 - 6

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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Not Available
Optional
Optional

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P205/65R15
P205/60R16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
107.1 (in.)
107.1 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.6 (ft.)
37.6 (ft.)

Length

Length
191.9 (in.)
191.9 (in.)

Width

Width
71.7 (in.)
71.7 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3417 - 3428 (.lbs)
3428 - 3439 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
210 (hp)
210 (hp)

Torque

Torque
220 (ft. lbs.)
220 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
200 (.lbs)
200 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.5 (gal.)
18.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

City

City
21 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
29 (mpg)
29 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Standard
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Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control
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Optional
Optional

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Side
N/A
Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
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Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) *
  • Driver & front outboard passenger airbags (SRS)
  • Driver & front outboard passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags (SRS)
  • 3-point front shoulder belts w/pretensioners, adjustable anchors *
  • 3-point front outboard shoulder belts w/pretensioners, adjustable anchors *
  • Front center lap belt *
  • 3-point rear shoulder belts
  • Child seat tether anchors w/rear seat outboard lower anchor
  • Child-protector rear door locks
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Crumple zones
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Internal trunk release handle

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (2)

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Air Bags Jan 28, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Jan 28, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V043000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla vehicles manufactured December 28, 2001, to May 2, 2004, 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix vehicles manufactured January 6, 2002, to April 29, 2004, 2003-2004 Avalon vehicles manufactured June 5, 2002, to December 20, 2004, and 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe vehicles manufactured January 18, 2002, to April 27, 2004. Due to electrical noise, a component in the air bag control module may fail, causing the front air bags, side air bags, and/or seatbelt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.
Consequence:
Inadvertent deployment of the air bags or the seat belt pretensioners increases the risk of an injury or crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify their owners. Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM. Dealers will replace the air bag control module, free of charge. These parts are not currently available, however, an interim repair is available, free of charge, that reduces the risk of an inadvertent deployment. This recall remedy was applied during earlier recall campaigns of these vehicles under safety recalls 13V-029 and 14V-147. All owners that have not had a recall repair performed under safety recalls 13V-029 or 14V-147 are strongly encouraged to have it performed and not wait for the final remedy to be deployed to the field. The replacement ECU parts needed for the final remedy are not expected to be available until the latter part of 2015. Owners will be mailed an interim notification in late March 2015 and will be mailed a follow up notification when new air bag control modules are available. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac owners may call 1-800-620-7...
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Recall Mar 27, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 27, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V147000
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Avalon vehicles manufactured June 5, 2002, through December 20, 2004. In these vehicles, the supplemental restraint system (SRS) circuits are susceptible to internal shorting. The electrical short may create an abnormal current flow and increased heat which can damage the circuits. This could result in an inadvertent deployment of the front air bags and/or seat belt pretensioners.
Consequence:
Inadvertent deployment of the air bags or the seat belt pretensioners increases the risk of an injury or crash.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners and dealers will install a noise filter between the air bag control module and the wire harness, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

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