Toyota is an expert in creating successful cars, you cannot believe it? Look by yourself at every online ranking and see who is winning in almost every segment. However, with the development of the Avalon years ago, the Japanese automaker saw an opportunity in the middle of this sedan fever. A quiet and luxurious cabin, fused with an exhilarating performance were the ideas that drove the creation of the Avalon.
The quiet and comfortable cabin is compound by one of the most comfortable seats in the market and includes a silent driving experience by reducing the external noises almost to zero. Also, the cabin is spacious enough to accommodate five passengers without any issues.
The 2016 Avalon has an affordable price for its features and traits. Despite that, if you are looking for a car intended to be more entertaining to drive, you should go for other options such as the 2016 Nissan Maxima. The luxurious and sleek stylish Avalon offers a hybrid powertrain option as well, which boosts the efficiency incredibly. Vulnerabilities? It doesn’t offer an all-wheel-drive option in any trims.
Let’s review this Japanese car.
Hybrid Powertrain and Incredible Gasoline Performance
The Avalon counts with two engine options. It features a six-cylinder engine with fantastic performance and an efficient, above-average hybrid powertrain.
The 3.5 L V6 produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque with a fuel economy of 21 mpg in city and 31 on a highway. It comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that allows the V6 Avalon to go from standstill to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. By the way, it is one of the fastest in its segment.
The greener hybrid powertrain produces 200 horsepower combining the motors, batteries, and a four-cylinder engine. The hybrid Avalon goes from standstill to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. The performance is not striking but the fuel efficiency is, being rated at 40 mpg in city and 39 on the highway.
But Toyota did something very badly: they eliminated all-wheel drive in all the trims. Toyota’s fans in snowy states will be disappointed with this decision.
Compelling Styling and Incredible Interior
From the exterior, the contemporary silhouette of the Avalon is evident. It is a well-done work by designers, delivering a comfortable, efficient and powerful car with an athletic shape. The front fascia shines with a huge grille and sharp LED headlights. The general design of the car makes it look interesting and almost coupe-like thanks to the roofline. From the rear, the car is not as impressive as it is from the front but is not ugly at all.
The cabin is elegant and spacious, probably one of the best on its segment. Basically, they get rid of all buttons and turn it into capacitive-touch switches, making the center console an minimalist and user-friendly one. The front seats are comfortable with plenty of side bolstering and lumbar support. Also, both legroom and headroom of rear row are abundant. The trunk is dotted with the same capabilities, with a space of 16 cubic feet.
All Avalon models comes with a 7-inch Toyota’s Entune infotainment system with swipe capability, a customizable home screen, and voice recognition. The Japanese car has lots of storage cubbies which are large enough to storage your belongings.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Avalon is a five-seat luxury sedan with enough space and comfortableness to all of the passengers. The elegance and upscale materials are abundant on it, so expect one of the best interiors in the segment.
You will not like the lack of an all-wheel-drive system if you live in a snowy state. The handling is good but not as good when it comes to aggressive driving.
It’s your bet if you are looking for a fully efficient car with great performance and without any lack of luxury or comfortableness. None can match with the Avalon’s records of resale, durability, and owner satisfaction.
Starting price at $32,650.