2016 Toyota Avalon

Overall Score: 8.6 / 10
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2016 Toyota Avalon Overview

You may not think of a large car as being agile, however, the Avalon’s confident cornering ability proves that you can have the best of both worlds. You will be more than pleased with ride comfort if you buy the 2016 Toyota Avalon, according to our analysis of auto reviews. Adding to its impressive performance is the Avalon's strong engine that gets the large sedan moving quickly and effortlessly. The Avalon has an elegant cabin that can be equipped with the latest technology and safety features. The Avalon excels in most areas, has one of the best predicted reliability ratings in the class, and has few drawbacks aside from its below-average trunk capacity.

SEATING


5

MPG


21

  CITY


30

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


268
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Pros & Cons

  • Upscale, high-tech interior
  • Potent engine
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Agile handling for its size
  • Very good predicted reliability score
  • Smaller-than-average trunk

Notable for 2016

  • Bigger infotainment touch screen

Toyota Avalon Research and Awards

The 2016 Toyota Avalon has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_5

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2016 Toyota Avalon Review

By Courtney Jones May 9, 2017

You may not think of a large car as being agile, however, the Avalon’s confident cornering ability proves that you can have the best of both worlds. You will be more than pleased with ride comfort if you buy the 2016 Toyota Avalon, according to our analysis of auto reviews. Adding to its impressive performance is the Avalon's strong engine that gets the large sedan moving quickly and effortlessly. The Avalon has an elegant cabin that can be equipped with the latest technology and safety features. The Avalon excels in most areas, has one of the best predicted reliability ratings in the class, and has few drawbacks aside from its below-average trunk capacity.

Performance Summary

From a stop, acceleration of the Avalon is smooth and quick, and its engine feels very powerful. It can move from a full stop to 60 mph in a little over six seconds, which is impressive for a large car. The engine is also not likely to give you a great deal of trouble, as its predicted reliability score is high.

While the Toyota Avalon's ride is decidedly geared toward comfort, you may be surprised at just how agile it handles for a sedan of its size. When you turn a corner, the Avalon feels secure and doesn't lean to one side. Its steering is pretty firm, and you can add more weight to it by throwing the Avalon into Sport mode when you want a livelier ride.

The Avalon gets an EPA-estimated 21/31 mpg city/highway. That’s pretty good considering there are only a couple of cars in the class that beat those estimates, and then not by much.

Safety scores are good, though a tad below average for the class. The Avalon earned top ratings in all five of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests and four stars in the two crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the Kia Cadenza, Nissan Maxima, and Hyundai Azera performed better.

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Interior Summary

Fine materials and styling are present inside the 2016 Toyota Avalon. The floating center stack design adds flair to the Avalon's cabin, and the front seats offer great side and back support. Passengers seated in the rear seats can stretch out while enjoying plenty of head- and legroom. The cabin is also quiet.

Technology buffs will be wowed by the Avalon's array of high-tech features, like an advanced voice recognition system that allows you to enter addresses into the navigation system, verbally. Audio and climate controls use capacitive touch technology, which allows them to respond to your touch the same way your smartphone does. While the Avalon's wireless charging capability might sound like a neat feature, keep in mind that it won't charge your phone very quickly, so you will probably need to use the USB port when you need some cell juice in a hurry. Upgrade to the available 11-speaker JBL stereo that comes with an amplifier and two subwoofers, and you will enjoy robust sound quality. However, note that the speakers can make the door panels rattle.

While most large cars offer more trunk room than the Avalon, its space is easy to load. The wide trunk opening allows you to store broad items, and the trunk is positioned low, so lifting heavy items into it won't strain your back.

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  • "Where the Avalon really excels, however, is in its overall feeling of solidity, comfort and safety. From its multiple driver-assist features to the user-friendly infotainment and navigation controls, the 2016 Toyota Avalon sets the bar high for those attempting to one-up it." – Kelley Blue Book
  • "With its combination of style, comfort, overall quality and willing performance, the 2015 Toyota Avalon is a very smart choice for the full-size sedan buyer." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Looking to appeal to buyers outside of the Avalon's traditional septuagenarian base, Toyota recently gave the sedan a retuned suspension for more responsive handling, along with a thorough restyling that resulted in a newly distinctive look. Those qualities, in combination with refinement worthy of Toyota's Lexus luxury division, transform the Avalon into a highly competitive offering." – Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Unlike its predecessor, the 2013 Avalon makes sense in the Toyota/Lexus hierarchy, and it's better to drive than both the Lexus ES and the Camry while also delivering luxury and refinement that neatly splits those two cars." – Car and Driver (2013)

Other Cars to Consider

The Chevrolet Impala has more trunk space than the Avalon, allowing you enough room for a few extra bags. The rear seats in the Impala are split-folding, opening up even more storage space. Small-item storage spaces are also abundant, and there's a convenient hidden storage compartment behind the touch screen. The Impala's interior boasts luxurious materials and handsome styling, and you can easily see the road ahead thanks to its great forward visibility. The Impala offers a little more trunk space than the Avalon, allowing you to pack a few extra bags.

The Buick LaCrosse has a V6 engine that delivers satisfying power. If you prioritize fuel savings over speed, the Buick LaCrosse eAssist model has a four-cylinder engine that earns an impressive 25/36 mpg city/highway, which is significantly better than others in the class. The LaCrosse's interior is quiet, and its materials are top-notch. Seats are roomy for all occupants. The LaCrosse's infotainment system is incredibly user-friendly. Its sharp screen means you can see it in all lighting conditions, and there are several ways to control the system, including knobs, voice recognition, and steering wheel controls.

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Details: 2016 Toyota Avalon

The 2016 Toyota Avalon seats five and features a 3.5-liter V6 engine. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The Avalon is available in five trims: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring, and Limited. The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is reviewed separately. The Avalon was last redesigned for the 2013 model year and sees few major changes this year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 through 2016 model years.

Standard equipment in the 2016 Avalon includes push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, 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. Options include a power moonroof, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, wireless phone charging, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure alert, and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation and the Entune App Suite.

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