Avalon’s sporty 2185 LSZ Elite paired with a torque-laden Suzuki DF175 outboard features 43 mph top-end performance and 4.7 mpg (3.2 gph) fuel-sipping economy at a most economical cruise speed of 15 mph at 3,000 rpm. With the 38-gallon tank full, expect a range of over 250 miles at cruise speed for this Avalon pontoon. It’s quick too; we clocked 7.3 seconds from a dead stop to 30 mph. The triple-toon hull with lift strakes is responsible for the competitive performance and dry, stable ride even in windblown chop. Test conditions were not friendly to most lake craft, but the Avalon cut off the wave tops like a boss, carving turns flat and stable.
Avalon boats offer a unique look, harkening back to art deco designs popularized in the architecture, art and transportation of the early 20th century. Our test rig featured a subtle green and tan motif complemented by a two-tone tan and dark-gray interior, and a railing design resonant with echoes of the cubism that spawned art deco. Recessed chrome bow lights offer a custom look.
In front, the 2185 LSZ Elite’s layout features facing lounges, which will seat two guests each, curving in at the bow to surround a broad entry gate. Amidships, the pilot’s console features a low windscreen made from Lexan, and a complete dash layout with a digital information screen, Fusion stereo and Garmin graph. A tilt helm, hydraulic steering and custom steering wheel complete a crisp, businesslike helm station, with plenty of legroom under the dash, even for taller pilots. A manual Bimini top is standard. In-floor storage provides room for water toys and vests.
Aft, a portside love seat faces the tilting driver’s seat. Just behind in the stern, an L-shaped lounge dominates the layout, surrounded by the perimeter railing with a gate to provide access to the aft deck. Back there, the Suzuki 175 is well-rigged, with clean detailing and a beefy transom to hold it. This is a solid ride and a great value. At just under $82,000, the Avalon provides all the amenities, power, style and ride you’d expect.
- Optional Smart 80 touchscreen MFD.
- High-back, plush, reclining Sport captain’s chairs.
- Deluxe seat-frame underpinnings allow air circulation to reduce mold and mildew in storage.
How We Tested
- Engine: Suzuki APX four-stroke 175 hp
- Drive/Prop: Outboard/Suzuki 15 1/4” x 19″ 3-blade stainless steel
- Gear Ratio: 2.50:1 Fuel Load: 34 gal. Crew Weight: 250 lb.
Pricing and Specs
|Dry Weight:||2,200 lb.|
|Seat/Weight Capacity:||12/1,710 lb.|
|Fuel Capacity:||38 gal.|
Avalon Pontoons – Alma, Michigan; 800-334-2913; avalonpontoons.com