2016 Toyota Avalon Sedan Drive Review

2016 Toyota Avalon Sedan Drive Review
- its been twenty-two years for Toyota Avalon and is still one of the best choices in this class, cabin is well-built and spacious, suite of active safety features is standard, optional exclusive hybrid powertrain

- 2017 Toyota Avalon comes with no major change, while 2016 included a revised suspension, updated front-end styling, XLE trim

- Touring level includes a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and daytime running lights, black woodgrain interior, unique chrome and piano-black front grille

- $38,585 Touring level that undercuts competition from the Kia Cadenza and the Nissan Maxima

- V-6, hybrid powertrain is an efficient option, front wheels, sleepy six-speed automatic transmission, or a continuously variable automatic (CVT)

- hybrid, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a pair of electric motors, the CVT

- standard Avalon earns impressive fuel-economy ratings from the EPA,

- a Lexus like ride, composed handling

- below-average braking performance, unhurried hybrid acceleration cost

- hybrid models have a smaller four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, 68 horsepower less than the V-6 is slower

- Avalon easily outhandled by sportier rivals, namely the Nissan Maxima SR

- soft brake pedal fails to inspire confidence

- roomy back seat, subtle interior design, good outward visibility, lacks in class-leading front space, cheap plastics on the doors and center console, nicely sculpted dashboard

- central digital display with two large gauges for speed and the tachometer, the latter is replaced by an eco-driving reminder on the hybrid

- large windows provide a good view, Nissan Maxima provides a higher degree of rearward visibility

- 7.0-inch Entune infotainment touchscreen, with redundant buttons, navigation is available on XLE Premium, Touring, Limited trims

- small-item storage bins, good trunk volume, lack of a folding rear seat reduces capacity

- standard 17-inch wheels, chrome detailing and integrated exhaust tips, slack jawed grille, a sunroof is standard on all except the base XLE trim, a backup camera is standard

- Toyota Avalon provides Lexus-level comfort

Pros standard active safety technologies, best hybrid fuel efficiency, strong V-6
Cons missing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto