All offer plenty of room and luxury for the money. Money Magazine scored them, point by point, to see which came out on top.
Toyota Avalon
Design - The interior should be taught at Big Sedan School; the exterior, less so.

Luxury - What exactly do you get in a Lexus that you don't get here?

Performance - A polite vehicle that will happily transport you anywhere -- just please let it do all the work.

Quality - We get it, Toyota. You're really good at this whole building-cars-rock-solid thing. Now stop showing off.


Each car was judged in four categories with a maximum score of 25 points for each. To account for cost differences, we awarded bonus points in reverse order of price (the least expensive car received four bonus points, while the most expensive received none).
2nd place
Toyota Avalon
Price: $37,563 as tested

Power: 3.5-liter 268-horsepower V6

Fuel economy: 22/31 mpg

Considering buying a Lexus ES350? Stop. Buy this Toyota instead. Made by the same company, it's a roomier car that will save you $5,000.

If you want to know why Toyota is doing so well in almost every corner of the auto industry, this would be a good place to start. The Avalon is a spacious, comfortable and capable sedan that sets new standards in the class for fit and finish and interior comforts. Heated seats are commonplace, but the Avalon ups the ante by offering cooling seats as well. Voice-activated controls? Yep. Radar-based cruise control used to be available only on cars costing almost twice as much, and yet here it is in the Avalon.

So much praise, and yet a second-place finish. What gives?

The Avalon is perfect in almost every way, save passion. It's a detached driving experience. Everything works well, but you feel the car is doing all the driving and you're merely a passenger. On the highway, you could engage the adaptive cruise control and almost curl up with a novel while the car drives you to your destination.

The Toyota provides unparalleled levels of refinement: The cabin is nearly silent, the transmission shifts imperceptibly, the steering is hyper-accurate. You can't help but admire it, but you don't love it.

True, passion is not a word you'd normally associate with this category, but it's why the car that has it takes first place.


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