A couple of weeks ago I had a brand new Toyota Avalon (I believe it was the sport version) for loaner. Very nice car. Interior looked great, well built, exterior is OK. It did lack power though but the thing that most surprised me was Toyota's attempt at executing a manmatic tranny. This thing was terrible!!! First of all, the shift gate is not configured at all for easy shifts - down shifts or upshifts never get you to the next gear, always a gear higher!!! Then it was very stiff to shift into the gears. It felt so unlike a Toyota thing that I wondered why they didn't just copy the Benz's. Anyone else driven Toyotas with this feature?