Toyota Avalon
2013 toyota avalon

Another late-year rollout, the Avalon also suffers under the twin handicaps of being a Toyota, which is unpopular with jurors, and the Avalon name, which is associated with cars for old people. The slick new design may hasten the day when the "Japanese Buick" appeals to a wider audience, but it won't be this year.

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