2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 Toyota Avalon
2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 Toyota Avalon


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 31 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 268 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 2 Years / 25,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver:
  • Side Passenger:
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Toyota Avalon

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: Entune Audio Plus AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA Playback -inc: 6.1-inch high resolution touch-screen display, 8 speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB port w/iPod connectivity and control, advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, SiriusXM Radio w/3-month complimentary trial, HD Radio and HD traffic and weather in major metro areas
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Window Grid Antenna
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" x 7.0" 10 Silver-Painted Alloy
    • Tires: P215/55R17 AS
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Chrome Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Chrome Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • LED Brakelights
    • Laminated Glass
    • De-Content Grade Package
  • Interior Features
    • Multi-Stage Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power adjustable driver's seat w/power lumbar and 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat
    • Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather/Chrome Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
    • Leather Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Inner Mirror EC Delete
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Garage Opener Delete
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L DOHC 24V V6 w/Dual VVT-i -inc: Sport, ECO and Normal modes
    • Transmission: 6-Speed ECT-i Automatic (U 660E)
    • Transmission w/Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.24 Axle Ratio
    • 575CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 100 Amp Alternator
    • 4590# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 17 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Strut Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.7
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.1
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 16
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 575
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 100
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/211
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 268 @ 6200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 248 @ 4700
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 111
    • Length, Overall (in) - 195.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.5
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.6
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.2
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.5
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 17
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 103.6
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.5
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.1
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.2
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.2
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 54.6
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 31
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 37.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Toyota Avalon
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Strut
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/55VR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/55VR17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.30
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.90
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.42
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.71
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.61
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.15
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.24
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3505
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Toyota Avalon is among the best of the large sedans, competing closely with the highly ranked Chevrolet Impala. The current-generation was launched as a 2013 model, but it has been updated for 2016.

For 2016, Toyota Avalon is distinguished by a new, larger grille, new taillights, slimmer parking lights and turn signal lights, a new chrome accent on the rear bumper, and new wheel designs. The suspension on the 2016 Avalon XLE and Limited has been retuned for comfort, while the 2016 Avalon Touring model gets sportier settings.

Avalon is a satisfying car to drive and offers lively response. It’s quiet and comfortable underway. It’s an attractive car, sleek and neatly styled.

All models are equipped well and Avalon Limited models offer Lexus levels of luxury. The cabins are roomy, attractively designed and trimmed well with superb materials.

The standard 3.5-liter V6 is rated at 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque and comes with a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Toyota claims 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, quite quick. It’s EPA-rated 21/31 mpg City/Highway.

Avalon Hybrid boasts an EPA-estimated 40/39 mpg City/Highway. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, according to Toyota, which is respectable performance.


The 2016 Toyota Avalon comes standard with a 268-hp 3.5-liter V6, while the Avalon Hybrid is rated at 200 horsepower. The base Avalon XLE is well-equipped. Limited models come with perforated leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, 785-watt JBL.


Avalon looks upscale with its flowing lines. It’s intended to look both elegant and athletic and we think it succeeds. The styling revisions for 2016 give the front of the car a more angular look, though not to the extent of other Toyota models.

Touring models are distinguished by a unique front fascia and gray wheels.


The Avalon cabin is modern and thoughtfully composed. Inside, it has a premium look and feels like a luxury car. Interior materials are excellent, with matching wood grains, metallic trim and attractive striated surfaces.

It’s roomy and open-feeling, with plenty of headroom, and the sunroof design takes up little space.

Seven-inch touchscreen is used to control audio and to monitor vehicle systems. The climate and audio controls are relatively close to the driver.

The front seats are comfortable. They don’t have a lot of lateral support, but they’re supportive enough for the back on longer trips. The seats are upholstered in supple leather with real stitching.

The back seats may be the best in the class. They’re contoured well for adults and have relatively long lower cushions for thigh support. There’s plenty of legroom and headroom, even for tall adults. You’ll need to tuck your feet and duck your head a little bit when getting in and out, though.

Cargo space is 16 cubic feet. The trunk has a flat floor and the opening is wide, important for large items. The Hybrid has a smaller trunk, 14 cubic feet.

Cubby storage includes door bins front and rear, a roomy center console, and a leather-lidded bin for smartphone stowage. A small, hinged, felt-lined bin ahead of the driver’s left knee is perfect for holding the key fob.

Driving Impressions

The standard 3.5-liter V6 is smooth and strong. It’s the most popular choice.

Avalon Hybrid uses a combination of motors, batteries and a four-cylinder engine to produce 200 horsepower.

Underway, Avalon feels composed, capable and controllable. The ride quality feels refined, sorted, firm but not harsh, with the just enough compliance to filter most road roughness.

It’s also very quiet inside. It’s quiet while cruising, with no noticeable engine noise. Only during hard acceleration does the Hybrid model reveal itself with a more coarse engine note. The only other exception is a bit of motor whine that makes its way inside in the Hybrid, when in Sport mode or making quicker takeoffs.

The 3.5-liter V6 puts out 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The 6-speed automatic offers a sport-shift mode, and incorporates throttle blipping for smoother downshifts. Paddle shifters are standard. Eco, Normal, and Sport driving modes adjust steering, throttle, and shift feel. Toyota says the V6 versions hit 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds, which is fairly quick.

The Hybrid uses a four-cylinder engine, a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle, teamed with two motors tucked into the transaxle, which are fed by nickel-metal hydride batteries. Power is routed through a planetary power-split continuously variable transmission. The system combines for 200 horsepower and coaxes 0–60 mph times of 8.2 seconds out of the Hybrid four-door, which is competent performance but not quick. Three driving modes are offered: EV, Eco, and Sport. EV mode allows running on battery power alone at speeds of up to 25 mph, while Eco mode cuts down on throttle response and HVAC output. Sport mode sharpens the Avalon Hybrid’s throttle and transmission responses to feel quicker, even if it’s not actually much quicker.

The efficiency of the Hybrid works well in stop-and-go traffic, and it can go 680 miles on a tank of Regular gas.

Avalon drives like a smaller car than it is, with a precise, natural feel even on curvy, imperfect surfaces. Sport mode firms up the steering somewhat on V6 models, more dramatically in the Hybrid.

Special shock absorbers and large anti-roll bars result in supremely capable and controllable handling. The suspension has been retuned for 2016 on all models, with the XLE and Limited versions getting a comfort-oriented setup and the Touring getting its own unique sporty calibration.

The brakes provide strong stops, but the pedal felt spongy on the V6 in particular.


Toyota Avalon is an excellent choice among large sedans and a good alternative to the Chevrolet Impala. It’s quiet, has a well-controlled ride. The V6 is refined and responsive and the Hybrid is an excellent choice for commuting through heavy traffic.

Marty Padgett filed this report.

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