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2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

The 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid ranks in the top half of the hybrid and electric car class. It has an elegant interior, a smooth ride, and excellent fuel economy. A high reliability rating adds to this well-rounded sedan’s appeal.

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious, roomy interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Poky acceleration

New for 2016

  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Lane departure warning became available
  • Larger touch screen became standard


Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Hybrid Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Large Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2016 Best Hybrid Car for Families award. Currently the Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview

Is the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a good option among used hybrid and electric cars. It's comfortable to drive, and it boasts a roomy, luxe cabin. Fuel economy is good for a sedan this size, coming in at around 40 mpg. Still, other hybrids are better on gas. A good reliability rating, a decent score, and a slew of available safety features make the Avalon Hybrid a sensible buy. That said, you’ll need to look elsewhere if you want swift acceleration.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 28 Toyota Avalon Hybrid reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

You can expect to pay between $18,000 and $30,000 for a used 2016 Avalon Hybrid. These figures are based on 360 listings for the 2016 Toyota Avalon on our site. The average price is $24,100. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cost to Own?

The Avalon Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $21,700 – about $4,350 per year.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Avalon Hybrid?

The 2018 Avalon Hybrid starts at $37,500. A used 2016 Avalon Hybrid can save you thousands of dollars over the new model, especially if you want a base model with few options. However, there is one major benefit to buying new. Starting with the 2017 model year, Toyota began equipping all Avalon models with its Safety Sense P package (TSS-P). That means all 2017-and-newer models come standard with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning with brake assist. If these are must-have items, consider a new model so you don’t have to go hunting around for a 2016 with these features.

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You can also save money while still buying new. The redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid starts at just $27,800. It offers comparable seating space to the Avalon, but boasts many more standard safety features and superior fuel economy (up to 51/53 mpg).

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The Toyota Avalon has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are three safety recalls for the 2016 Avalon Hybrid. Toyota has identified a software issue with the car’s Occupant Classification System, which could prevent the front passenger airbag from properly deploying in a crash. A third recall covers an assembly error with the car’s driveshafts, which may cause them to separate. Finally, a very small number of vehicles were assembled with incorrect knee airbag hardware, which could affect the airbag’s performance in a crash. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before buying a used Toyota Avalon.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Is Best?

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid’s first generation spans the 2013 through 2018 model years. All of these models offer roughly the same features and performance, making them all good picks. Most changes pertain to styling and standard features. The 2013 to 2015 models have more sedate exterior styling compared to the later 2016 to 2018 models. More importantly, a number of previously optional safety features became standard on all 2017 models, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

An all-new Avalon Hybrid arrives for the 2019 model year, and it adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, sportier exterior styling, and a larger infotainment screen.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2016 Avalon Hybrid in three trim levels: XLE Plus, XLE Premium, and Limited. The XLE Plus trim has a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports, a CD player, satellite radio, cruise control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a moonroof, and alloy wheels.

The base model has plenty of features to satisfy most shoppers, but some may wish for more. The XLE Premium trim adds a navigation system, Entune app suite, and blind spot monitoring. The Limited trim adds heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a rear sunshade, a JBL stereo, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. A suite of active safety features is available.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Avalon Hybrid?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Avalon Hybrid a five-star rating (out of five) in overall and side impact safety, as well as four stars in front and rollover crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not test the 2016 Avalon Hybrid. However, the agency named the nonhybrid 2016 Toyota Avalon a Top Safety Pick+, giving it the highest rating of Good in each of the five tests.

All 2016 Avalon Hybrid sedans come standard with a rearview camera. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The optional Toyota Safety Sense P package (Limited trim, only) adds lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system (forward collision warning with brake assist).

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2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid or 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid are both great choices. Both cars feature the same hybrid powertrain, similar fuel economy ratings, and comparable interior space. However, the Camry is a much better buy if you’re looking to maximize your savings. Used Camry Hybrids are often thousands of dollars less than the comparable Avalon. The catch is that the Camry doesn’t feel as luxe as the Avalon, which has nicer interior materials and a more upscale design. Overall, the Camry Hybrid edges out the Avalon in our used hybrid and electric car rankings because it has a perfect reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid or 2016 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2016 Lexus ES Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid have many similarities. Both are close in size, they offer comparable safety and convenience features, and they share the same fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain. The Lexus stands out with sleeker styling and a higher reliability rating. However, the Avalon Hybrid is the better buy because it’s often much less expensive than the ES Hybrid. The Avalon’s infotainment system is also much easier to use, and there’s little difference in material quality between these cars.

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2016 Avalon Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Drive?

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor, which yield a combined 200 horsepower. It accelerates leisurely and offers merely adequate passing power on the highway. The trade-off, however, is that the hybrid system delivers class-leading fuel economy. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The Avalon has a smooth ride and precise steering. Operating the brakes feels natural, which isn’t always the case in hybrid cars.

Does the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Avalon Hybrid gets 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which is about average for hybrid and electric cars.

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2016 Avalon Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Avalon Hybrid Seat?

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid seats five in its elegant, airy cabin. The interior materials have a quality look and feel; the sleek dashboard would look right at home in a European luxury sedan. It’s a very comfortable sedan to take on long trips, and there’s plenty of room to stretch out. The Avalon’s front seats are nicely contoured and offer good lumbar support, and its rear seats have ample head- and legroom for adults. Heated front seats and leather upholstery come standard; ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

In each of its outboard seats, the Avalon has a full set of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Avalon’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable because some of the anchors are hard to access.

2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Features

All 2016 Avalon Hybrid models are equipped with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and satellite radio. Siri Eyes Free is also standard, which integrates an iPhone’s music, contacts, and navigation functions with the infotainment system. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs and has straightforward menus. The climate and audio functions are still accessible using buttons and knobs located next to the screen, making the system very easy to use. Available features include a navigation system, Qi wireless device charging, and the Entune app suite with Pandora, iHeartRadio, Yelp, and more.

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2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Dimensions

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cargo Space

The Avalon Hybrid has 14 cubic feet of trunk space, which is small for its class but still functional for everyday use. The rear seats don’t fold, but there’s a slim pass-through area to allow longer items to fit in the trunk.

2016 Avalon Hybrid Length and Weight

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is 16.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,594 to 3,638 pounds, depending on trim level.

Where Was the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Built?

The Avalon Hybrid was built in Kentucky.

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