really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,243 miles

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problem #7

Aug 102017


  • 80,000 miles
2011 Toyota Avalon limited with 80,000 miles. The rear sunshade has begun operating on its own. It raises and lowers without my pushing button, it does this during daylight and at night. Hinders backing, especially at night. I have read on the "net" this is typical at this mileage.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #6

Aug 152016


  • 55,000 miles
This Toyota was in a six (6) car traffic crash list than 5 miles an hour. Air bags did not go off. This car was number 5. cars were slowing down for a red light. This car had front end and rear end damage. This car maybe total. One body shop person said it was totaled. Air bag in six car did go off which did hit this car in the rear end. The front of this car has heavy damage. This was less than 5 miles an hour.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #5

Jul 022014

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 45,222 miles
Purchase the 2011 Toyota Avalon on June 13, 2010 which on my first service date I complained about the steering column and harsh feeling of the car due to the steering column. Buena park Toyota kept telling me that there was nothing wrong right up to the last service that was done the end of June 2014. On June 30th went to victorville to visit my wifes sister. On July 2 2014 we started back home when the engine light and tracking light came on, fortatley the issue happened before coming down the cajhon pass on highway 15. We where only 2 miles away from the Toyota dealership in victorville and they found that the steering column was faulty and replaced column assy, steering and boldt steering lock. Plus PO500 trans speed sensor poss loose connections cleaned and tightened connections at speed sennsor. The dealership stated it showes a defect on the computer showing the steering column has a defect. Why isn't there a recall concerning the above this is very dangerous problem which could take a lot of innocent lifes. Thanks [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 032013


  • 16,500 miles
My car was flooded because of a blocked air conditioner drain which the dealer said was filled with debris. The car is only one and a half years old with only 16500 miles on it. It is driven on pavement and not parked under trees. A service representative intimated that this is a common problem and that the drain could have been designed improperly. I am concerned about mold forming because of this flooding situation.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles
2011 Toyota Avalon. Consumer states trunk opener switch is a safety hazard the consumer stated his vehicle has a sunshade and the switch is located next to the trunk opener. The consumer stated a few ago while driving, he wanted to lower the sunshade, but he accidentally hit the trunk opened instead and the lid opened. The consumer stated the trunk opener should not be active while the vehicle is in motion.

- Brewster, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 262011


  • 7,692 miles
Driver-side front door can not be opened - from the inside. Driver-side front door can not be opened - from the outside via key or remote.

- Tenafly, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 032010


  • 290 miles
Foot firmly on brake, shifting to reverse. Engine roared to life and vehicle thrust backward. Followed by four other episodes of sudden acceleration while foot on brake. The last of these resulted in light rear-end collision. No visible damage to struck pickup. Front grill of Avalon visibly crushed. These five incidents occurred over a period of about nine days. I have refused to drive it since.

- Belton, TX, USA