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Oh Yay: Toyota Celebrates the Avalon's 20th Birthday With a Limited-run Touring Sport Edition

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On: Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 9:22AM | By: Teddy Field

Oh Yay: Toyota Celebrates the Avalon's 20th Birthday With a Limited-run Touring Sport Edition

It’s apparently been 20 years since Toyota first decided to build a better Buick. The fullsize Toyota Avalon was designed specifically for the American market, so they gave it patriotic features like an available front bench seat, column shifter, front-wheel drive, a reasonably powerful V6, and a trunk that was big enough to swallow a wheelchair/lawn mower. But unlike a blue-haired Buick, the big Yoda wouldn’t break down every other Tuesday. 20 years later, the Toyota Avalon is still a popular bingo shuttle. And the Buick LeSabre has finally gone to the shuffleboard court in the sky. To celebrate, Toyota is building 2,500 sport-themed special edition Avalons. So break out those Depends, because things might get exciting...

Making a sport version of the 2015 Toyota Avalon is like putting racing stripes on a pair of orthopedic shoes. They might look sporty, but they’re still soft and supportive. And that’s the best way to describe the 2015 Toyota Avalon Touring Sport Edition. It’s got an Attitude Black paintjob (seriously), and black 18-inch wheels wrapped in low-pro 45-series tires. But the rest of the car exudes the same squishy memory-foam goodness that Avalon buyers have come to expect.

To impress the guys on poker night, the 2015 Toyota Avalon Touring Sport Edition comes with HID headlights, LED running lights, blue denim-looking dash and console trim, aluminum door sill plates, lots of ‘Avalon Touring Sport Edition’ badges, and supportive heated front seats with perforated black leather upholstery and blue accent stitching.

The 2015 Toyota Avalon Touring Sport Edition gives buyers the warm-fuzzy satisfaction of driving a rare car. But that’s the only emotion that this $37k boat will stir. Unless you dare to turn the seat heaters on Hi...

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