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See How The Toyota Avalon Changed My Mind About Cars

I’ve said it over and over again,  I’m a SUV kind of girl. It’s what I like and I make no apologies for it. On the other hand, if I had to choose a car, I would definitely choose the Toyota Avalon! A few weeks ago, I got the chance to test drive the 2016 Avalon all over Chicago and I loved it.  It was the first time I got in a car and forgot how much I love SUVs. I guess a good car will do that to you. Let me just say this: the Avalon totally changed the way I look at cars and the Toyota brand. I’ve been around Toyota since I was kid, so I’m definitely no stranger to the brand. However, up until a few weeks ago I never paid the Toyota Avalon any mind.

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As soon as Toyota dropped off the car, I knew there was something special about this car. The Toyota Avalon is a full-size luxury car, that will make any driver feel like royalty.  I knew immediately the Avalon was going to be my new favorite vehicle and boy was I right. After driving around in the Avalon for a week, I wasn’t quite sure how I would be able to give it back.


Favorite Features:

  • Room: The Avalon comfortably seats 5 people. There’s so much room in the Avalon that you almost feel like you are riding in an SUV.
  • Ride: If there is such a thing as the perfect ride, that’s what you will find when you drive a Toyota Avalon. The car rides so smooth, there were times when I actually forgot I was riding around in a vehicle. Perfect on those days when you need to go on a drive to clear your mind or hit the road for a road trip with the fam.
  • MPG: The Avalon gets an estimated 21 city miles and 31 highway miles, which is way better than the car I’m currently driving.
  • Security: The Avalon comes equipped with a anti-theft engine immobilizer in case someone tries to steal your car.
  • Blind Spot Monitor/ Rear Cross-Traffic Alert: Because you can never be too safe!
  • Heated Outside Mirrors w/Turn Signals for those of us who live in colder climates.
  • Sunroof: The Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof makes seeing the Chicago skyline at night worth it! A great sunroof will brighten anyone’s mood.
  • Dual Zone Auto Climate Control w/ Air: Because I’m always hot and my family is always cold.

These are just a few of my favorite features…

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Overall, I’m obsessed with this car, I just like the way it feels. The Toyota Avalon is perfect for the experienced driver who is looking for luxury with a realistic price tag. The Toyota Avalon is what a car should be and worth every penny, my only regret is not discovering this car sooner.



About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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