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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2010 New York Auto Show.
Toyota Avalon
What is it? The Avalon is Toyota's flagship sedan, and has long been one of our top-rated large cars. Toyota calls the 2011 version a redesign, but aside from some new sheetmetal fore and aft, the overall dimensions and powertrain stay the same. The smooth 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission carry over from last year. The rear seat is one of this car's best features, as it affords lots of stretch-out room and seatbacks that recline.

Trim lines have been reduced to two: the base model will start at $32,245 and a Limited version will start at $35,485. For that you get leather upholstery, heated and cooled seats, a "smart key" that can stay in your pocket, rain-sensing wipers, and an eight-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat. New features include a touch-screen navigation system with real-time traffic information and Bluetooth music streaming. Toyota says the Avalon will qualify as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle and will get an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway.

What's new or notable? Addressing current safety concerns, Toyota says the new Avalon will have a redesigned accelerator pedal assembly and a brake override system.

When will it be available? Late April, 2010.

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