FULL 2016 TOYOTA AVALON REVIEW
What’s New for 2016
Touring brands now come with a sport-tuned suspension. The XLE Plus version slots between base XLE and XLE Premium trims, while the Touring Sport has been relaxed.
The standard for a solid full-size sedan are pretty straightforward: a roomy cabin, a long list of comforts feature and a quiet, controlled ride. Those expectations are found on every 2016 Toyota Avalon engineer, because the latest version fulfills those needs and then some other ride desire.
The vast, airy cabin gives more than enough room for passenger’s front and rear. It has this Lexus-like wood and soft-touch plastic trim, while the extremely comfortable seats are perfect for long-distance pleasure cruise. Noise from the road, wind and tires is practically and completely not found. Luxurious features, including ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, tri-zone automatic climate control and a power rear sunshade are all found therein
Hiding styles is a characteristic of the Avalon, but under that cover is a sophisticated sedan with a luxurious interior.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
There are five trim levels for the 2016 Toyota Avalon: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring and Limited.
The base XLE comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED taillights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with wheel-mounted paddle shifters, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar support) and a four-way power front passenger seat. Electronics features include keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen with Toyota’s Entune interface with voice controls (including Siri Eyes-Free for iPhone users) and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.
Like most sedans in its category however,, the Avalon presents exceptional rear seat comfort and a sizable trunk.
Upgrading to the XLE Plus gives additional functionality to the keyless entry system, a sunroof and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The XLE Premium steps it up another notch with driver memory settings, Qi wireless charging, and navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, smartphone app integration, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic detection.
The Touring comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a sport-tuned suspension and unique interior trim.
With the top-of-the-line Avalon Limited you get equipment from the Touring trim (minus the interior accents) in addition to xenon headlights, auto-dimming side mirrors with puddle lamps, automatic wipers, ambient cabin lighting, tri-zone automatic climate control, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated rear seats, a rear power sunshade, Safety connects and an 11-speaker JBL premium sound system.
The Limited also gives other Toyota Safety Sense package, inclusive of adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system, lane-keeping assist, frontal collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking and automatic high-beam headlight control.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2016 Toyota Avalon comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 268 hp and 248 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
In a certain testing, an Avalon XLE sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars in its category.
The Touring Avalon features unique interior trim along with a sport-tuned suspension.
Standard safety features for the 2016 Toyota Avalon are inclusive of traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front and rear seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and a rearview camera. The XLE Premium, Touring and Limited come with blind spot monitoring systems with rear cross-traffic alert. Also standard on the Limited is Toyota’s Safety Connect service, which includes roadside assistance, stolen vehicle location and automatic collision notification. The Limited’s optional Toyota Safety Sense package includes a frontal collision warning system, automatic pre-collision braking and lane-keeping assist.
In a test, an Avalon XLE came to a stop from 60 mph in 127 feet, a few feet longer than the normal range.
In government crash tests, the Avalon received five stars for overall crash protection. In a test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Avalon scored a “’Good’’ score; the highest possible. The Avalon’s seat and head restraint design was also rated “Good” for whiplash protection in rear impacts.
Interior Design and Special Features
The Avalon’s interior is spacious and elegant, with high-quality materials all though. The front seats are very comfortable, with plenty of side bolstering and lumbar support for both the driver and the front passenger. As with most cars in this category, the Avalon’s rear seat is quite roomy. The cavernous trunk offers 16 cubic feet of space, and its wide opening and low lift over height make it easy to load heavy bags.
Extremely materials added with a sleek design give the Avalon the look and feel of a luxury car.
All Avalon has a 7-inch touchscreen, Toyota’s Entune infotainment system and iPhone integration with Siri Eyes-Free. The Entune system was upgraded last year to include swipe capability, a customizable home screen, voice recognition and cache radio that can rewind up to 20 minutes.
Storage partitions provide ample room for keys and wallets, and the center console is large. The front section of the center console acts as a convenient, with power cords passing through a sliding panel for two cell phones and auxiliary and USB connections. This area is also home to the available Qi wireless charging system. We like its convenience, but it doesn’t charge very quickly.
The 2016 Toyota Avalon’s V6 engine is smooth and powerful and should provide more than enough feature to please most drivers. Furthermore, that performance is given in a very quiet, unruffled manner, which adds to the Toyota’s appeal as an effortless open highway cruiser. The Avalon exhibits a slight amount of body roll through corners, but overall it is surprisingly composed when the road gets twisty.
Generally, the Avalon provides an impressive blend of comfort, performance and efficiency. It’s also just plain easy to drive. The ride quality is firmer than that of Avalons of older models, though, so if you’re coming out of an older Avalon, make sure you give this new car a thorough test-drive
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