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2016 Toyota Avalon Review

The 2016 Toyota Avalon has a strong engine, engaging driving dynamics, an upscale interior, and one of the highest reliability ratings in the class. These positives help it score well in our rankings. The Avalon’s one flaw is its smaller-than-average trunk.

Pros & Cons

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

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Toyota Avalon's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Large Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Large Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2016 Best Large Car for Families award. Currently the Toyota Avalon has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Toyota Avalon Overview

Is the 2016 Toyota Avalon a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Toyota Avalon is a very good used car. It has a long list of high-tech features, agile handling, and a comfortable ride. Its cabin is spacious and has high-quality materials. The Avalon also has high safety and reliability scores.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 30 Toyota Avalon reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2016 Avalon. U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.  

How Much Is the 2016 Toyota Avalon?

Based on the 361 listings for this vehicle on our site, a used 2016 Toyota Avalon should cost you between $18,000 and $30,000. The average list price is $23,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Toyota Avalon Cost to Own?

The cost to own a car doesn’t end with its sticker price. Estimated five-year expenses for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Avalon are $24,798, which is below average for the 2016 large car segment. The 2016 Kia Cadenza will cost you an estimated $23,888 over five years, the 2016 Nissan Maxima will cost $26,572, and the 2016 Buick LaCrosse will cost $26,405. In comparison, the Avalon Hybrid has much lower costs of $21,665.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Avalon?

The 2018 Toyota Avalon starts at $33,500 and is our 2018 Best Large Car for the Money. A used Avalon is nearly $10,000 less. The two are similarly equipped, though the new Avalon has standard forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. You can find some of these features in used 2016s, however. In the end, you’re better off buying used.

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To find a new car that’s the same price as a 2016 Avalon, you’ll need to drop down to the midsize car class. The 2018 Toyota Camry starts at $23,495. It has as much front-seat legroom as the Avalon, but an inch less rear legroom. The Camry comes with standard active safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Avalon?

The 2016 Avalon has a reliability rating of four out of five, which is above average for the industry. It’s equal to other top-ranked large sedans, including the Kia Cadenza and the Nissan Maxima, but it lags behind the Buick LaCrosse (which scores a five).

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2016 Toyota Avalon Recalls

As of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2016 Toyota Avalon. Both have to do with the air bags: they may not deploy as intended, and the fasteners may loosen.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Avalon Is Best?

The 2016 Avalon is part of a generation that launched in 2013. There have been modest changes over the years (2014 made the rearview camera standard, 2017 added a number of active safety features), but all these vehicles do well, scoring between 8.3 and 9. We recommend buying the 2017 Avalon if you can afford it. You’ll pay about $2,900 more than you will for the 2016 model, but you get a nice range of standard active safety features.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Avalon comes in five trims: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring, and Limited. The best choice is the XLE Premium. It provides the ideal combination of comfort, tech, and safety features, including leather-trimmed and heated front seats, navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, smartphone integration, and blind spot monitoring.

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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?

The 2016 Avalon received five stars in its side crash tests and four stars in its frontal crash and rollover tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avalon earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest score of Good in all crashworthiness categories and was named a 2016 Top Safety Pick+.

A rearview camera is standard. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane departure alert.

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2016 Toyota Avalon Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Avalon or 2016 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2016 Buick LaCrosse comes standard with a V6 engine that puts out plenty of power. There is also an available eAssist model that comes with a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. This setup delivers poor acceleration and a noisy gas engine, but it does increase fuel economy. The LaCrosse isn't sporty, but it remains secure around turns. It also has an extremely comfortable ride. Similar to the Avalon, the LaCrosse has an easy-to-use infotainment system with smartphone integration features. There is plenty of leg- and headroom all around. Though the LaCrosse’s cabin is nice, it can't quite match the high marks of the Avalon’s. The cars are very similar, but the LaCrosse’s slightly better safety and reliability scores make it the vehicle to choose.

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

The 2016 Lexus ES is a luxury midsize car that shares the same chassis as the Avalon. It has a high reliability rating, a chic cabin, and a smooth ride. The two cars are very similar, but the ES' infotainment system is overly sensitive and frustrating to use. Its handling also isn't very athletic. If you can live without the luxury name, go with the Avalon to save money.

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

The 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has the same elegant interior and comfortable ride as the gas-only Avalon. While the nonhybrid Avalon gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, the Avalon Hybrid gets 40/39 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA. You’ll probably pay a bit more at the dealership, but you’ll spend much less money on gas.

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2016 Avalon Performance

How Does the 2016 Toyota Avalon Drive?

The Avalon's lone engine is a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard. The agile Toyota Avalon feels secure around corners and has no body lean. Its steering is firm, and you can throw it into Sport mode for a livelier ride. Acceleration is smooth and quick from a stop, and the engine feels very powerful.

Does the 2016 Toyota Avalon Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Avalon has an EPA rating of 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is good for the large car class. Need better fuel economy? The 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid (reviewed elsewhere) is rated at 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway – the best in the segment.

2016 Toyota Avalon Towing Capacity

The 2016 Avalon can tow up to 1,000 pounds.

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2016 Avalon Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Avalon Seat?

The 2016 Avalon has seats for five and comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable, heated front seats. Upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available. The front seats are very supportive, and the rear seats are spacious and provide ample leg- and headroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Toyota Avalon?

The Avalon has two full sets of LATCH connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether on the second-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Avalon an Acceptable rating for ease of use – the second highest offered. It noted that the lower anchors are positioned too deep in the seats.

2016 Toyota Avalon Features

Standard features in the Avalon include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker audio system, 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 are an 11-speaker JBL audio system, wireless phone charging, and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation and the Entune App Suite.

The audio and climate controls react quickly and are intuitive. Tech-conscious drivers will probably like the many advanced features the Avalon offers. However, the Avalon’s wireless charging capability, while a nice feature, is not very efficient.

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2016 Toyota Avalon Dimensions

Toyota Avalon Cargo Space

The 2016 Avalon has 16 cubic feet of trunk space. Most large cars offer more trunk room. The Avalon’s wide, low opening can easily accommodate broad items.

2016 Avalon Length and Weight

The 2016 Avalon is 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,461 pounds in the base trim up to 3,538 pounds in the Limited trim.

Where Was the 2016 Toyota Avalon Built?

The 2016 Toyota Avalon was built in Kentucky.

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