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2016 Toyota Avalon Interior Review

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

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

The 2016 Toyota Avalon has an upscale cabin replete with top-quality materials, according to auto journalists. They praise the seats for being roomy and supportive. Critics like the user-friendly audio and climate controls and the center stack's overall layout. The Avalon has slightly below-average trunk space for the class.

  • "The new 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
  • "The Avalon's interior is spacious and elegant, with high-quality materials throughout." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Inside, there's a new interior aesthetic that is very high-tech and high-design. Capacitive controls on the floating center stack, which pushes the audio and climate controls into easy reach from the steering wheel, lend a futuristic look and surprisingly do not suck." -- CNET (2013)
  • "The redesigned interior represents a massive upgrade. Leather upholstery covers the seats in every Avalon, and a vinyl-wrapped dashboard gives the appearance of real hide." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Seating

The 2016 Avalon 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. Test drivers enjoy the Avalon's hushed interior and report that the front seats are very supportive. They note that the rear seats are spacious and provide ample leg- and headroom.

  • "A number of NVH-focused additions, such as new sound-quelling materials, acoustic glass and redesigned exterior mirrors help reduce road noise and give the Avalon a library-quiet interior." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "In terms of comfort the rear-seat passengers are treated to an abundance of legroom and headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The front seats are very comfortable, with plenty of side bolstering and lumbar support for both the driver and the front passenger. As you'd expect from a car in this class, the Avalon's rear seat is 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 include 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. Available features 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.

Reviewers say the audio and climate controls react quickly and are intuitive. They add that tech-conscious drivers will probably like the many advanced features the Avalon offers. Critics like the Avalon’s wireless phone charging capability, but they note that it's not very efficient. According to some test drivers, the available JBL sound system is good, but the speakers can make the door panels rattle.

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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)
  • At the top is an 11-speaker JBL Synthesis system that uses an external amplifier and a pair of powered subwoofers. This system sounded pretty good during my road testing, but I noticed a rattling coming from the door panels in our test car." -- CNET (2013)

Cargo

The 2016 Avalon has 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly below average for the class. Automotive writers praise the wide trunk opening, saying that it allows for easier loading of broad items. They add that the trunk's low positioning makes it relatively easy to place heavy objects inside.

  • "The generous trunk offers 16 cubic feet of space, and its wide opening and low liftover height make it easy to load heavy bags." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Trunk space in the regular Avalon has improved significantly, measuring a competitive 16 cu ft versus the outgoing trunk's subpar 14.4 cu ft." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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