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BTW- I do agree that Toyota has made a huge mistake changing the ride. If they really wanted to attract younger buyers, it probably would have been smarter to make a sport model and a luxury model, as they did with the Camry (and with the Lexus LS). Then consumers could vote with their wallets.
My guess is that Toyota wants to push the older buyers over to the ES350. Before Toyota re-did the Avalon, the ES350 was based upon the Camry and was not as a good as the Avalon (IMHO). But, when they re-did the Avalon, they re-did the ES350, and it is now based upon the same platform as the Avalon (111 inch wheelbase), and has the cushy ride that older Avalon drivers are accustomed to.
My guess is that in 1-2 years, we'll see a redesign that will remove the interior chrome and change the suspension back to the floaty suspension that Avalon drivers are more accustomed to. Otherwise, the Camry will take over the 111 wheelbase platform and the Avalon will be discontinued due to "poor sales"...
Last edited by adv99; 06-17-2014 at 12:02 AM.