Avalon Owners Say They Would Not Switch To 2023 Toyota Crown…Why?
Over the past weekend, we have covered a lot of stories on the new 2023 Toyota Crown which will be the first time Japan has sold it in the U.S. With the ever-growing market for fuel efficient luxury sedans and compact SUVS growing, experts say this could be Toyota’s next Camry or Corolla. However, the average person says otherwise. I personally like the new Crown and out of the three, I would probably choose the Sedan Type sense it looks more VIP-ish.
Now according to Toyota, the new 2023 Crown in all 4 variants are supposed to replace the very successful Toyota Avalon. The Avalon has been known to be Toyota’s non-Lexus Lexus if that makes any sense. Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, sells in the U.S but all their cars are very expensive. The Toyota Avalon was manufactured to provide a reliable affordable luxury sedan for American buyers. I remember my father drove one a few years ago and I distinctly remember how cushiony the seats were on a 10-year-old car.
Here's the kicker…a lot of Avalon owners say they are not happy with the new Crown and would not change over if money was not a problem. On Facebook’s Toyota Avalon Owners group, I posted a poll to see if people would switch over to the new 2023 Crown if money was not the question. Surprisingly, 88% of participants who own a Toyota Avalon said they would not switch over to the Crown if money was not an issue. I keep saying “if money is not an issue” because we do not yet know any of the prices for the 2023 Toyota Crown. Let’s take a look and see why these owners would not switch.
Greg Smith said, “Keeping the Avalon. I don’t need to sacrifice 5 mpg for AWD and an extra 25 hp.” It’s true that the 2023 Toyota Crown makes less than the Toyota Avalon despite having a new hybrid battery. Now whether or not a different drivetrain ill come out, hopefully an EV, we don’t know but I can say that I highly doubt Toyota would purposely make their new Crown less efficient than the existing Avalon even though they are taking the Avalon out of sale.
Dorothy Patel said, “Yes! I love my Avalon, but the ground clearance is just too low for Houston, where we regularly have high water issues. (When we’re not having a drought!).” this is a great point. Remember that the funky looking crossover is not the only Crown out there. There are also the Estate, Sport, and Sedan types as well which offer different versions of the Crown experience on different body styles.
Regardless of what the Crown is going to replace, I think that the 2023 Toyota Crown will certainly open up a new market segment in efficient luxury sedans and SUVs.
What do you think? Would you switch? Let us know in the comments below.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.