Best Bet
  • (4.9) 37 reviews
  • MSRP: $32,650–$40,450
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 24
  • Engine: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2016 Toyota Avalon

Our Take on the Latest Model 2016 Toyota Avalon

What We Don't Like

  • No folding rear seat
  • Touch-sensitive controls

Notable Features

  • Refreshed midsize sedan seats five
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Available hybrid model
  • Two new suspensions, including sporty Touring
  • New electronic safety systems now available

2016 Toyota Avalon Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Toyota has given its full-size Avalon a mild makeover inside and out for 2016.

ExteriorChanges are limited to new front- and rear-end styling with a wider and lower front grille, new turn signals and redesigned LED taillights. The changes join updated 17- and 18-inch wheels, depending on which of five V-6 or three Hybrid trims you opt for. The look is the same for the XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Limited trims, only changing when you choose the Touring trim, when that front grille and bumper are replaced by a sportier version. There's also a new chrome rear bumper accent that all models now wear.

InteriorInside, all 2016 Avalons now get gray accent stitching with the light gray interior, while the XLE and XLE Plus trims get new woodgrain dashboard trim, the 7-inch Entune Audio Plus multimedia screen and a tire-specific tire-pressure monitoring system. The XLE Premium grade now adds Entune Premium audio with navigation and Toyota's app suite, as well as Qi wireless charging as standard. Upgrading to the top-of-the-line Limited brings a lot of optional safety equipment, including automatic high-beam headlights, radar-based dynamic cruise control, a collision warning system and lane departure alert.

Under the HoodThe powertrains are unchanged from the previous Avalon, with the same 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 as standard, powering the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. For the fuel-economy minded, the Hybrid version uses Toyota's Synergy Drive, pairing a 156-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric drive system. It employs a two-speed continuously variable transmission in place of the six-speed automatic, but still powers only the front wheels. The only mechanical differences for the 2016 model are the switch to two available suspension setups. All models use a new tuned suspension aimed at a more comfortable ride, but the Touring trim comes with a more aggressive suspension upgrade meant to provide a sportier driving experience.

Consumer Reviews

(4.9)

Average based on 37 reviews

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What a beautiful car!

by JulieRae Grace from Ida Grove, Iowa on November 4, 2017

I have wanted this car for several years and finally took the plunge. I am so thrilled to finally get to own one. It's a dream to drive and ride in every way.

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5 Trims Available

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2016 Toyota Avalon Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Avalon Limited

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Avalon Limited

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
A

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Small overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
A
Small overlap front
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Avalon Limited

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Avalon Limited

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $1,400 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

24mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

24mo/25,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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