The Avalon is a great vehicle for Toyota fans looking for a bigger and classier full size sedan. To many people, when they think of Toyota, certain expectations come in mind e.g. reliability, quality and excellent performance. If there is a model that remains true to this Toyota foundation is the recently launched 2016 Toyota Avalon.
The new 2016 Toyota Avalon comes with an elegant style, luxury amenities and a great performance. It comes in five trim levels which are XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Limited and Touring on the regular petrol powered variant, while the hybrid variant will be available in XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Limited.
Exterior of new Toyota Avalon 2016
The new front has received a dose of modernization and features a larger grille, new LED headlights and daytime running lights; the rear also features LED taillights. All trim levels will come with a lower front grille with narrow upper grille design, new turn signals which have replaced the previous fog lights, redesigned LED taillights and a new chrome rear bumper accent. However, the front bumper of the Touring has been redesigned to feature a sportier look.
For motorists looking for extra features, they should turn to the Touring trim which comes with 18-inch alloy wheels that have a touch of dark-gray paint, a sportier fascia and the Touring badging. They can also turn to the Limited trim which offers 18-inch alloy Super Chrome Wheels on petrol powered models; the hybrid models will feature 17-inch Super Chrome alloy wheels.
2016 Toyota Avalon Interior
When you get into the interior of the new Avalon, you will be met by luxurious and premium materials that have been innovatively and contemporarily designed to boost your comfort, entertainment, connectivity and safety. All Toyota Avalon models feature gray accent stitching and light gray interior.
Other standard features for all models will include the automaker’s Entune audio system and a 7-inch touch screen. Higher trim levels such as the XLE and XLE Plus will feature a new woodgrain dashboard, a tire-specific pressure monitoring system while the XLE premium adds a navigation system, Toyota’s app suite and Qi wireless charging to its interior as standard features. The top-of-the-line Limited trim comes with optional safety equipment such as automatic high-beam headlights, a collision warning system, a lane departure alert system as well as a radar-based dynamic cruise control system.
Engine, Specs and Performance
Toyota still retains the 3.5 L V6 engine on the previous Avalon; this engine produces 268 hp with 248 pound-feet of torque and is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission system. When it comes to the Hybrid variant, the manufacturer has gone with the Brand’s Synergy Drive which is a 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine that comes with an electric drive system. The engine will produce 156 hp and will be mated with a two-speed continuously variable transmission which has replaced the six-speed automatic transmission and powers the front wheels only.
All trim levels except the Touring will use a new standard suspension for a more comfortable drive while the Touring comes with a more aggressive suspension that delivers a more responsive and sportier driving experience. The V6 engine will have a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg and 21 mpg and 31 mpg for city and highway respectively while the Hybrid variant will have a combine fuel economy of 40mpg. The Avalon will be one of the quickest full-size sedans with an acceleration of 0-60 mph in only 6.7 seconds for the V6 engine while the Hybrid will attain 0-60 mph in about 8.2 seconds.
Price and release date
The base trim will have a start price of around $ 31,000 while the highest trim level in the gas i.e. the Limited trim level in the petrol category will cost as much as $ 42, 000. On the other hand, the Hybrid trims will cost around $ 35.000. The vehicle will hit the showrooms this spring.
In the competition of full-sized sedans are Buic Lacrosse, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300.