We are narrowing down our car choices and the final 2 contestants are the 2013 Avalon Limited and the 2013 Hyundai Azera with Tech Package. I test drove the Avalon yesterday and nothing, as far as ride quality, jumped out as being a possible problem after purchase. One thing I didn't do was mess around with Entune. For those that have this feature, do you like it? Do you use it often and is it quick when you navigate to other functions? The MyFord Touch was extremely slow when going from one app to the next, or at least in the 2013 Taurus we tested it was. The leather seats in the Hyundai Azera are definitely a better grade than the Avalon, but the upgraded leather is part of the Tech package, along with the panoramic sunroof. The Avalon has blind spot and cross traffic alert, which the Azera didn't have. The Avalon also had a larger screen. Any input on the Entune features, or anything else, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I have a 2013 Avalon Limited Hybrid. The car's entertainment options are multiple. I particularly like HD radio. It works well. Satellite radio works well too. You can also plug in a memory stick or iPod with your own playlists. Or just put a CD or DVD in the player. It will play DVD audio on the move, but video only if the car is parked. The car is very quick to accept driver input to switch between audio sources, the navigation system, bluetooth phone and the car's trip monitoring (and on the hybrid, energy management).
Entune is just another feature, but I don't value it too much and I don't have any need to use it. It is not an overall controller for the car's electronics like I think MyFordTouch may be. Basically, it's one corner of the electronics suite. Via Bluetooth, Entune uses your phone to access the internet. Entune has six apps at this time:
Saved Bing Destinations
I Heart Radio
The first four apps do nothing for me
. In fact, Bing is there to do location searches, but it's results are questionable in my testing of it in my neck of the woods. My lifestyle doesn't involve making movie ticket purchases or making restaurant reservations from my car.
I Heart Radio works on Toyota Entune pretty much like it does on your computer or phone. So does Pandora. Both sound good but are limited by the robustness of your cell phone's data connection.
Entune wouldn't be a reason to choose the Avalon over a different model. But the the blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert should be. I love those features. They really work as advertised and offer a safety advancement.
Also, I like the navigation system on the new Avalon. It has a very robust set of points of interest in the system.
Between voice commands, steering wheel controls and dashboard controls, I find it easy to control the car's electronics.
There has been discussion about the car's ride quality. I like it as have all but one commenter on this forum who actually bought the new Avalon. Be sure you take a bona fide test drive of any car you are going to buy.
I can't compare quality of leather in seats, but I can say the seat heater and cooler works. And the back seats in the Limited have heaters too.
I traded my 2006 Avalon for the new Limited Hybrid. The 2013 V6 with improvements is the same engine I had in the '06. That was a great engine with lots of power and for me 30+ highway MPG. Now I'm finding the hybrid factor to be a whole new dimension in rolling entertainment. I like watching the MPG readouts. Seeing the car kick into electric vehicle mode puts a smile on my face.
Good luck with your buying decision.