2016 Toyota Avalon Preview

Jeff Youngs | Feb 13, 2015
  • Revised trim levels
  • Reworked styling details
  • Subtle interior changes
  • Additional standard equipment
  • Expanded availability of infotainment technology
  • Retuned suspensions
  • Available LED headlights
  • New lane-departure warning system


The 2016 Toyota Avalon is a full-size sedan with seating for 5 passengers. For the 2016 model year, the Avalon receives a number of subtle changes to improve the vehicle's appeal. Competitors include the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, and Nissan Maxima.

Exterior Features

Toyota makes subtle changes to the 2016 Avalon's front styling, with a revised grille and new turn signal locations. A set of LED headlights with LED running lights is available.

Five trim levels are offered for 2016: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring, and Limited. Each includes new aluminum wheel designs; those on the Limited are set apart by a new Superchrome wheel finish.

In the back, the Avalon's standard LED taillights are updated. A new chrome rear bumper accent sets this version of the Avalon apart from those sold in previous years.

Interior Features

New standard equipment on the 2016 Avalon includes woodgrain interior trim, a 7-in. version of Toyota's Entune touch-screen infotainment system, and new gray accent stitching for Avalons with light gray seats.

Optional Features

For 2016, the Avalon XLE Premium includes a premium version of Entune that includes navigation, Entune App Suite technology, and wireless smartphone charging.

The new Avalon Touring includes LED headlights and LED running lights, sportier styling cues, special 18-in. aluminum wheels, and unique suspension tuning designed to make the car more engaging to drive.

As part of the Technology package for the Avalon Limited, a lane-departure warning system is added to complement the dynamic cruise control system, pre-collision technology, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Under the Hood

A 3.5-liter, 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard equipment for the 2016 Avalon. The car is also offered with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain employing a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, electric motor, and a battery that recharges via regenerative braking. Combined, these components produce 200 horsepower and deliver a substantial increase in fuel economy, according to Toyota.


Toyota expands the Avalon's safety technologies for 2016 by adding a new lane-departure warning system to the Limited's optional Technology package. It joins features including a blind-spot monitoring system, dynamic cruise control system, and a forward-collision warning and autonomous braking system called Pre-Collision.


Another feature that Toyota offers for the 2016 Avalon is Safety Connect, which automatically contacts emergency rescuers in the event the car is involved in a collision and the air bags deploy. This is in addition to Toyota's Entune App Suite technology, which makes it easier to operate smartphone applications right from the car's infotainment display screen.
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