Toyota’s premium midsize sedan, the 2016 Avalon

2016 Toyota Avalon
2016 Toyota Avalon interior

The Toyota Avalon has for 20 years been one of the leaders in the premium midsize sedan category. With a starting MSRP of $32,650, the 2016 Avalon is available in eight models: XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Hybrid XLE Plus, Touring, Hybrid XLE Premium, Limited and Hybrid Limited.

Avalon’s sleek profile is accented by a new front grille and tasteful chrome trim. Inside, the cabin offers comfortable seating and a spacious 16-cubic-foot trunk (14 cubic feet in the hybrid).

 

Avalon interior

A comfortable, quiet cabin has been an Avalon signature since the model debuted more than two decades ago. Premium amenities and design touches define the Avalon interior, which is available in three color themes: almond, light gray and black, with the light gray gaining gray accent stitching for 2016.

The standard equipment level starts out generously. The Avalon XLE grade includes as standard, medium-grain leather seating and the Smart Key System with push-button start. The Limited trim adds perforated leather, along with the Limited’s automatic climate control system, which operates in three zones, including the rear seat area. (Other grades have a dual-zone system.)

With seating for five, rear legroom is listed at 39.2-inches, rear shoulder room is 57-inches and rear hip room is 54.6-inches.

 

Under the hood

The Avalon’s standard 3.5-liter, DOHC V6 with Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) produces 268 horsepower and 248 foot-pounds of torque. Teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the V6 features an average fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined.

 

Avalon Hybrid

The Avalon Hybrid is the only hybrid in its segment. The Hybrid Synergy Drive system combines output from a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and an electric motor.

The system produces a combined 200 horsepower and varies power between the gas engine and electric motor, or combines both, as needed. Fuel economy averages are 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

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To learn more about the Toyota Avalon, visit your local Southeast Texas Toyota dealer, or log on to www.toyota.com.

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