2012 Toyota Avalon Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Blizzard Pearl
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$12,087 - $14,854
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
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MPG (up to)
19 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
268
Seats
5

How 2012 Toyota Avalon Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.9 Overall Score
Performance 3.2Comfort 4.4Styling 3.2Value 3.8

Editor's Overview

The 2012 Toyota Avalon is Toyota's take on what a large American sedan should be. Based on Camry mechanicals including the V6 engine, the Avalon is roomy, comfortable and eschews any pretense of performance. Instead, it rests its head on Toyota's stellar reputation for reliability.

Toyota Avalon Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $12,977 - $14,854
Horsepower: 268 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Limited $12,087 - $13,994
Horsepower: 268 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.56
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Amazing vehicle that I recommend.

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This is an amazing car that is very reliable and has style. It gets me from point A to point B all the time. I take it to work and it never gives me problems. It has leather seats so they are very easy to clean. It also has a navigation system and surround sound.

Bella B
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It's a joy to drive and the best vehicle I ever owned

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It's quite and has a superior sound system. The ride is smooth and comfortable and the vehicle has every option I desire. It has been dependable with its only flaw being less than great gas mileage

Ralph S
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Front piano-black grille with sport mesh insert and active grille shutter

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it is very reliable,comfortable,eco-friendly,led reflect headlights,Front piano-black grille with sport mesh insert and active grille shutter

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$12,977 - $14,854
$12,087 - $13,994

Horsepower

Horsepower
268 (hp)
268 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L DOHC EFI 24
3.5L DOHC EFI 24
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Alarm

Alarm
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Standard
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Not Available
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Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 (in.)
41.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.9 (in.)
38.9 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
40.9 (in.)
40.9 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.5 (in.)
37.5 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
14.4 (cu. ft.)
14.4 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional
Optional
Optional
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Leather
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
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Not Available
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Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Optional
Optional
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3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
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
P215/60R16
P215/55R17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
111 (in.)
111 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.9 (ft.)
36.9 (ft.)

Length

Length
197.6 (in.)
197.6 (in.)

Width

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

Weight

Weight
3572 (.lbs)
3616 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
268 (hp)
268 (hp)

Torque

Torque
248 (ft. lbs.)
248 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 (.lbs)
100 (.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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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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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
24 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

City

City
19 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
28 (mpg)
28 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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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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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

HID Headlights
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Not Available
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Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
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Not Available
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Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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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

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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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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Good
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Acceptable
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Marginal
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Poor

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS)
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) w/brake assist (BA)
  • Vehicle stability control (VSC) w/off switch *
  • Traction control (TRAC) *
  • Daytime running lights
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Side-impact door beams
  • Driver & front passenger advanced airbags -inc: occupant sensor
  • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags
  • Front & rear side curtain airbags
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Back up camera w/integrated rearview mirror display *
  • 3-point seatbelts for all passenger seating positions -inc: front adjustable shoulder belt anchors, emergency locking retractor (ELR), passenger automatic locking retractors (ALR)
  • Outboard front seatbelt pretensioners w/force limiters
  • Child restraint system w/rear seat lower anchors, tether anchor brackets
  • Child protector rear door locks
  • Direct tire pressure monitor system
  • Internal trunk-release handle
  • Head impact protection structure
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (2)

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Air Bags, Seat Belts Aug 29, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 29, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V569000
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2012 Toyota Avalon vehicles. During a vehicle repair, the seat belt inner buckles may have been replaced with parts that may incorrectly tell the air bag management system that the seat belt is always buckled.
Consequence:
If the seat belt is falsely interpreted as being buckled, in the event of a crash, the air bags may not deploy appropriately, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the seat belt assembly to verify that it is properly detecting being unbuckled, replacing the inner seat belt assembly as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 17, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is J0S.
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Air Bags , Electrical System , Equipment Oct 17, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 17, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V442000
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Avalon, Avalon HV, Venza, Camry, and Camry HV vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the drain hose for the air conditioning condenser may become clogged causing water to accumulate at the bottom of the air conditioning condenser unit housing. The accumulated water may then leak through a seam in the housing onto the air bag control module potentially resulting in a short circuit of the module.
Consequence:
A short circuit may cause the air bags to become disabled or inadvertently deploy. An inadvertent airbag deployment can increase the risk of injury or the possibility of a crash. An inoperative airbag can increase the risk of injury in a severe crash. The power steering assist could also become inoperable resulting in increased steering effort and can increase the risk of a crash at low speeds.
Remedy:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will seal the air conditioning condenser unit housing and install a protective cover on the airbag control module, 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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