2016 Toyota Avalon

#3 in 2016 Affordable Large Cars Overall Score: 8.6 / 10
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2016 Toyota Avalon Overview

The 2016 Toyota Avalon has solid performance, an upscale interior, and one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in the class. Aside from its smaller-than-average trunk, the Avalon has few flaws.











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Pros & Cons

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

Notable for 2016

  • Bigger infotainment touch screen

Toyota Avalon Rankings and Research

The 2016 Toyota Avalon ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Large Cars category. Currently the 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.


Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.4
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 4_0

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2016 Toyota Avalon Review

By Alexa Lardieri July 7, 2017

The 2016 Toyota Avalon has solid performance, an upscale interior, and one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in the class. Aside from its smaller-than-average trunk, the Avalon has few flaws.

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 and a ride that's both agile and comfortable. Its cabin is spacious and has high-quality materials. It also has high safety and predicted reliability scores.

Used 2016 Toyota Avalon Performance and Interior

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 Avalon gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class.

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.

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The floating center stack design adds flair to the 2016 Toyota Avalon. Fine materials and styling round out the design. The Avalon’s front seats are supportive, and rear-seat passengers can stretch out while enjoying plenty of head- and legroom.

The Avalon has an array of high-tech features, like a voice recognition system that allows you to enter addresses into the navigation system. Audio and climate controls use capacitive touch technology, which allows them to respond to your touch. Upgrade to the available 11-speaker audio system for robust sound.

While most large cars offer more trunk room than the Avalon, its space is easy to load. The wide, low opening can easily accommodate broad items.

For installing child safety seats, the Avalon has two sets of lower anchors and three top tether anchors in the second row. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Avalon's LATCH system a rating of Acceptable for its ease of use.

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Used 2016 Toyota Avalon Prices

A used 2016 Avalon begins around $29,900 for a base model XLE. The Limited trim tops out at around $37,000. Exact prices vary depending on the model’s features, condition, location, and mileage.

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We Did the Research for You: 30 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews aren’t based on our own tests and opinions. Rather, we collect and analyze a variety of data, including safety and reliability scores, fuel economy ratings, other published automotive reviews, and total ownership costs. For this 2016 Avalon review, we analyzed 30 data points.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Avalon?

The 2016 Avalon has a predicted reliability rating of four out five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is an above-average score across all vehicles.

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How Safe Is the Avalon?

The 2016 Avalon received an overall safety rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also received five stars in its side crash tests and four stars in its frontal crash and rollover tests. 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+. 

Though it has high safety scores, the Avalon doesn't come standard with any advanced safety features. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used Avalon?

The 2016 Avalon is part of the model's fourth generation, which launched in 2013 and includes the 2017 model year. There have been some changes since the Avalon’s 2013 redesign, including the addition of an upgraded infotainment system and a new trim for 2015. Shop around the Avalon's fourth generation before making a final decision.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon 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, heated front seats, navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, smartphone integration, and blind spot monitoring.

You may consider buying a certified pre-owned Avalon, though it will likely cost you more. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2016 Toyota Avalon and Other Cars to Consider

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

The Lexus ES is a luxury midsize car that shares the same chassis as the Avalon. It was a finalist in our 2016 Best Upscale Midsize Car for the Money award, thanks to its high predicted reliability rating, chic cabin, and 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 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has the same elegant interior and comfortable ride as the gas-only Avalon. While the gas-only Avalon gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, the Avalon Hybrid gets 40/39 mpg city/highway. This could save you hundreds of dollars at the pump annually, but the hybrid will likely cost you more upfront. When the hybrid was new, the base model was about $4,000 more than the nonhybrid Avalon.

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

The 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 Avalon has better overall package, making it the vehicle to choose.

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