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2016 Toyota Avalon Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.4

The 2016 Toyota Avalon's V6 engine is powerful and delivers quick acceleration, according to reviewers. They add that the ride is comfortable and quiet. Critics find that the Avalon is competent on curvy roads.

  • "Overall, the Avalon provides an impressive blend of comfort, performance and efficiency. It's also just plain easy to drive." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "While Toyota's 2015 full-size Avalon sedan is thrilling to drive, it's not your typical thrill ride. The thrill comes from discovering a big, comfortable car that is still agile enough at high speed to instill confidence. The steering is firm, the brakes strong and the V6's ability to accelerate is undeniable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The structure is stiffer than that of the previous version, too, which has helped make powertrain, suspension, and road noise even more hushed than before-and decidedly Lexus-like." -- Car and Driver (2013)
  • While it's not too much of a stretch to call the 2013 Avalon's appearance ‘sporty,’ I hesitate to apply the same term to the car's performance. Sure, this Avalon's handling is predictable and its engine feels potent, [but] this is still a comfortable ride first and foremost." -- CNET (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Avalon features a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 268 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Avalon gets an EPA-estimated 21/31 mpg city/highway, which is slightly above average for non-hybrid models in the class.

The Avalon's engine is smooth and provides good power, according to test drivers. They add that it has good pickup from a dead stop and doesn't feel strained at highway speeds. Critics praise the engine for its quiet power delivery.

  • "The carryover engine is a surprisingly powerful 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque - that's enough to propel the big sedan from zero-to-60 mph in just over six seconds." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The 2015 Toyota Avalon's V6 engine is smooth and powerful and should provide more than enough acceleration to please most drivers. Furthermore, that performance is delivered in a very quiet, unruffled manner, which adds to the Toyota's appeal as an effortless open highway cruiser." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The V6 provides brisk acceleration-Toyota forecasts 6.7 seconds to 60 mph." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Handling and Braking

Front-wheel drive is standard on the 2016 Avalon. Test drivers say the Avalon delivers a quality ride. It is composed when cornering, has suitable steering and good braking response, they say.

  • "Though it still isn't a sport sedan, the Avalon now leans less in the corners and feels suitably responsive without a significant decrease in ride quality." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Compared to the last-generation car, the newest Avalon benefits greatly from better feel in the steering and brakes." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Previous Avalons appealed primarily to drivers who thought cornering should be preceded by an environmental impact statement. With improved chassis and firmer suspension, the new Avalon attacks corners, changes direction readily, and limits rock and roll body motions--in contrast to the lifeboat dynamics of earlier generations." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)
  • "The steering now requires effort, and even more weight can be dialed in by hitting the Sport button located between the seats. Jack LaLanne himself would be pleased by the Avalon's transformation from flabby and sloppy to tight and athletic." -- Car and Driver (2013)

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