The Lincoln Town Car limousine was for the longest time a symbol of American consumption, with thousands of the well-to-do, business leaders, entertainers, and high school prom dates conveyed by these long wheel-based beauties. But Ford discontinued the Town Car, leaving the livery niche open and ripe for competitors’ models.
Toyota is throwing its hat into the ring with its all-new 2013 Toyota Avalon sedan. Two models are available: the V-6 Toyota Avalon livery model and its hybrid trim. With the former, Toyota begins with the XLE trim as the base, and then adds rear climate control and heated seating. Pricing begins with the 2013 Toyota Avalon livery model at $32,155. This includes the $795 for delivery, processing, and handling. The Toyota Avalon livery model with hybrid engine builds on the Hybrid XLE Premium model and includes similar features. Pricing for the hybrid Avalon livery model starts at $34,545. Biggest difference between the two sedans, of course, is their fuel economy. The Toyota Avalon V-6 gets 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. The hybrid Toyota Avalon achieves an EPA-estimated 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 40 mpg combined. According to the automaker, livery companies can save substantially at the pump with its models. (The average livery service averages 50,000 miles on its vehicles while in service.) Note there’s currently no long wheel-based version of either Toyota Avalon model at the time of this post.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon livery models go on sale in December. Other competitors in this segment include the Cadillac XTS and Chrysler 300 sedans, and the Lincoln MKT crossover. The former is the “spiritual” descendant to the Town Car.