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UPDATED: Jul 1, 2019

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U.S. News and World Report explains that the 2011 Toyota Avalon’s reason for being is simply to provide drivers with a comfortable car that has lots of space.

It has no aspirations of competing with the BMWs and Mercedes of the world when it comes to driving experience, and U.S. News says that the Avalon is a great car for drivers who get this.

If you like the Avalon, but really can’t live without sporty handling, the Hyundai Genesis may be your ride. It’s still luxurious and fairly large, but it’s a bit more athletic than the Avalon.

Keep reading to learn more about Toyota Avalon auto insurance rates and much more!

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Pricing and Trims for the Toyota Avalon

For the 2011 model year, the Toyota Avalon only offers two trims: the base trim, which starts at $33,195, and the Limited trim, which begins at $36,435. Both of these Toyota Avalon models are built with the same engine, a 3.5 liter V6 that generates 211 horsepower.

The differences between the two trims are found on the inside. The base model Avalon is well equipped, with keyless entry, a leather steering wheel, and steering wheel-mounted controls.

It’s even equipped with a backup camera and a rear parking aid. This Avalon’s premium audio system has a CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, and an input jack for auxiliary devices like smartphones.

If you pay the additional $3,000 to upgrade to the Toyota Avalon Limited, your vehicle will be outfitted with heated mirrors, mirror memory to accommodate different drivers, and push-button start. It also pampers its occupants with heated and cooled front seats and a memory function for the driver’s seat.

An optional navigation system is available for both the base model and the Avalon Limited.

How much is auto insurance for the Toyota Avalon?

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) projects that the average annual cost of auto insurance for a 2011 Toyota Avalon will be just north of $1,150 per year.

If you select the Limited trim, the NADA expects that your premiums will be just a few dollars more than they would have been if you had purchased the base model instead.

Auto insurance rates for vehicles in the large affordable sedan category are typically low compared to those for SUVs and pickup trucks. This is most likely due to the fact that large cars generally have better safety ratings than other types of vehicles.

If you choose a Ford Taurus over the Avalon, you’re likely to save over $150 per year, the NADA reports.

Estimated annual rates for the 2011 Taurus are just $995. The predicted auto insurance rates for the Buick LaCrosse are also lower than the Avalon’s, at $1,020.

The Chrysler 300’s projected annual cost of auto insurance is $1,185 – slightly higher than the Avalon.

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Toyota Avalon Maintenance Costs

The NADA reports that Toyota Avalon owners are likely to save a few hundred dollars on routine maintenance costs during the first five years that they own their sedans.

At just $1,947, the Avalon’s 5-year scheduled maintenance estimate is about $400 less than the NADA’s $2,347 maintenance cost estimate for the Chrysler 300. It is also quite reasonable when compared to the NADA’s $2,464 estimate for the Ford Taurus, and its $2,515 estimate for the Buick LaCrosse.

Repair Costs for the 2011 Avalon

Though the Toyota Avalon’s estimated 5-year maintenance costs are higher than those of its competitors, this large sedan’s repair costs are very competitive. Compared to the Chrysler 300’s anticipated 5-year repair bill of $1,835, Avalon drivers will save over $300.

The NADA projects that Avalon owners will only spend about $1,500 to repair their sedans during the vehicles’ first five years in operation.

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Estimated 5-year repair expenses for the Ford Taurus and the Buick LaCrosse will also be higher than the Avalon’s, the NADA reports. Its projections indicate repair costs totaling $1,627 for the 2011 LaCrosse, and $1,774 for the 2011 Taurus.

2011 Avalon Fuel Economy

Another area in which the Toyota Avalon is a good value is fuel efficiency. The Avalon’s 19 city mpg rating is the highest in its class, and it is matched only by the Hyundai Azera.

On the highway, the 2011 Avalon can go 29 miles on a single gallon of gas. This highway gas mileage is identical to the Chevrolet Impala’s, and the Buick LaCrosse is the only vehicle to best it. The 2011 LaCrosse gets 30 highway mpg.

Toyota Avalon Safety Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) only conducted one crash test on the Avalon.

In this rollover test, the 2011 Avalon earned four out of the five possible stars. This means that it has just over a 10 percent chance of rolling during dangerous evasive maneuvers.

The 2011 Toyota Avalon earned a “Top Safety Pick” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This is a great honor, but large cars tend to be very safe, and the Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300, and Ford Taurus all earned this designation as well.

In order to be crowned a “Top Safety Pick,” a vehicle must have standard electronic stability control, which adjusts brake pressure to prevent loss of control in dangerous driving conditions. It must also earn top scores in the following crash tests:

  • Frontal offset
  • Rear crash protection
  • Side impact
  • Roof strength

In addition to its electronic stability control, the 2011 Toyota Avalon’s other safety equipment includes side curtain airbags for front and rear seats, as well as driver’s knee airbags and anti-lock brakes.

The Avalon also features traction control and tire pressure monitoring.

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