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sedan that sparkles

Sadly, big comfortable sedans are about as popular these days as a new Nickelback album or the Dixie Chicks at a Texas veterans' fund-raiser.

Too bad because, as passé as big sedans are, they can move a family of five in smooth, quiet comfort and also beat the exhaust pipes off a big SUV or crossover for gas mileage. This week's test car, a beautiful Parisian Night Pearl (dark metallic blue) Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a sparkling example.

The Avalon does basically everything well. Its

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