2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

The 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid uses high-end materials throughout its interior, according to critics, who say that the cabin is arguably the nicest in the class. They add that the seats are spacious. Auto journalists praise the easy-to-use climate and audio controls and intuitive infotainment system. The Avalon Hybrid’s battery takes up space in the trunk, so its overall cargo space is low for the class.

  • "The Avalon Hybrid's interior is spacious and elegant, with high-quality materials throughout." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The dashboard design is much more modern than before thanks to flowing lines and a standard 6.1-inch touch screen display that controls the entertainment system." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The 2015 Toyota Avalon sedan offers perhaps the finest cabin in its class, with first-rate materials, user-friendly controls and impressive fit and finish." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The interior appointments of the new Avalon lineup qualify as both tasteful and sumptuous, with soft materials, two grades of leather upholstery, and designer color combinations." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Seating

The 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has seats for five and comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats. Upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, test drivers report, and the rear seats offer plenty of space for passengers. They add that the cabin is incredibly quiet.

  • "While the Avalon is 2.7-inches shorter overall than its predecessor, its cabin is as spacious as ever. There's ample room for five to sit in stretch-out comfort. …" -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Where the Avalon shines brightest is in its ability to coddle occupants and relax the driver. From the smooth ride to the whisper-quiet cabin to the user-friendly audio and infotainment controls, the 2015 Avalon should be the template for all big sedans." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The front seats are very comfortable and highly adjustable, with plenty of side bolstering and lumbar support for both the driver and the front passenger. As you'd expect for this class of car, the Avalon's rear seats are quite roomy." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Riders will find that the rear seat remains large and comfortable, though; Toyota believes it's spacious enough to test the waters of the livery market with the new model (orders accepted for black cars only, please)." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Avalon Hybrid include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, a rearview camera and Toyota's Entune infotainment system with voice recognition, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free and a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include wireless phone charging, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure alert and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation and the Entune App Suite.

The Avalon Hybrid’s infotainment system earns reviewer praise for its array of features. They note that the center stack is user-friendly and that the touch controls for audio and climate functions respond quickly. The Avalon’s wireless phone charger works slowly, critics say, but they appreciate this amenity.

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  • Toyota is among the first automakers to offer wireless charging for cell phones. We like its convenience, but it doesn't charge very quickly." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Toyota's latest batch of infotainment options such as advanced voice recognition, mobile application integration and hard-drive-based navigation should appeal to tech-savvy buyers. And, unlike the Ford Taurus, the Avalon's capacitive-touch switches for the audio and climate-control functions are responsive and straightforward." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "While we're sure there will still be major detractors (Consumer Reports for one), we found the Avalon's center stack intuitive and very easy to use." -- Autoblog (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 Avalon Hybrid has 14 cubic feet of trunk space. That's below average for a large car, in part because the hybrid battery occupies space. Although the Avalon Hybrid does not offer folding rear seats, there is a trunk pass-through that allows for longer items. Automotive writers say the Avalon Hybrid offers plenty of small-item storage throughout the cabin.

  • "Storage cubbies provide ample room for drinks and personal effects, and the center console is large. The front section of the center console acts as a convenient ‘eBin’ with power cords passing through a sliding panel for two cell phones and auxiliary and USB connections." -- Edmunds (2015)

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