Largest Toyota’s sedan isn’t as successful as its smaller cousin Camry, but this doesn’t make it less attractive. In fact, the 2016 Toyota Avalon is better in almost every single way, and this 4th-generation full-size sedan offers a mid-cycle mild refresh which promises to keep it going strong for a few more years.
2016 Toyota Avalon Redesign
Mild redesign doesn’t bring that many changes, but a keen eye will notice them nevertheless. Instead of the previous soft hexagonal grille, the 2016 Toyota Avalon gets a trapezoidal grille. Outgoing model had quite a large open-mouth intake, but new model manages to surpass even that. That’s one of the reasons why fog lights are now thin, angular and vertically positioned as they would have had a hard time fitting otherwise in already cramped space. Upper airdam and headlamps have remained unchanged, and so have handsome profile and beautiful rear end which still exhibits large, sharp taillights and a short chrome garnish between them.
Interior remains largely intact, and that shouldn’t pose a problem. The 2016 Toyota Avalon can have a borderline luxury cabin if you decide to go with top grades, and it got that directly from its predecessor. All models get leather seats, but top, Limited grade manages to up the ante with perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front and hated rear seats. They even offer natural wood accents, leather-covered dashboard and door panels, and aluminum door sills. Dashboard itself could have looked better, but at least its instrument panel features a smaller 6.1-inch or larger 7-inch touch screen, depending on the chosen tier.
Top grades, again, benefit from a 11-speaker JBL sound system, GPS navigation and HD radio, while rest of the lineup gets a Bluetooth wireless technology, iPod integration and USB port. Apart from offering a rich convenience list, the 2016 Toyota Avalon offers premium comfort and noise-free ride. Add to that advanced safety systems like a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control, and you’ll see how Avalon is rightfully considered as a borderline luxury car.
Engine, Specs, Performance, MPG
Every single 2016 Toyota Avalon is still powered by a 3.5L V-6 engine which puts up 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. This powerful unit is capable of almost everything and it is tied to a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, this is not all. It also has a hybrid lineup. There, a 2.5L engine with four cylinders does the job, together with permanent magnet A/C synchronous motor. Net hybrid output amounts to 200 horsepower which are sent towards front wheels via ECVT gearbox. Large sedan even gets solid fuel efficiency. The V-6 models are rated at 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while hybrids manage to return 40/39 mpg in the city/hwy and 40 mpg on average.
The 2016 Toyota Avalon is not your typical affordable full-size sedan. It is one of the best limos out there which is almost able to compete with luxury badges. Apart from handsome design, long list of available features and comfy cabin, the sedan offers very good fuel efficiency for its class. Finally, hybrid models complete the lineup and offer compact car economy in a full-size car. Entry-level models still start from around $32,500, while the Hybrid Limited costs at least $42,000.