2016 Toyota Avalon Reviews
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.