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2016 Toyota Avalon: Chicago Auto Show


author photo by Doug DeMuro February 2015

What Is It?

The Avalon is Toyota's full-size sedan, which provides a more luxurious and more spacious alternative to the highly popular midsize Camry. The updated 2016 Toyota Avalon, officially revealed in Chicago, is refreshed with styling tweaks, improved suspension and a few new features for the new model year.

The most obvious change to the 2016 Avalon comes to the sedan's front end, which features a wider, lower grille design. Other changes aren't as substantial, although the Avalon still boasts a few further revisions including updated headlight and taillight styles, new LED taillights and a slightly revised front bumper.

Beyond its stylistic updates, the Avalon offers a few other upgrades for the latest model year. There are new 17-inch alloy wheels, for example, along with a larger standard touchscreen. There's also new wood dash trim and a tire-pressure monitoring system that lets drivers know exactly which tire is low on air. Finally, the Avalon offers improved suspension designed to give the car a slightly more dynamic and responsive driving experience.

How Much?

Although Toyota has not yet announced official pricing, we don't think that the 2016 Avalon will deviate much from today's base price of around $33,000 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

This year

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

The 2016 Toyota Avalon slightly improves on a full-size sedan that we already very much appreciate. Indeed, we like the Avalon for its comfortable ride, roomy cabin and reasonable pricing, not to mention its impressive reputation for reliability and durability. Although we haven't driven the updated Avalon, we suspect that changes for the 2016 model year will only enhance the sedan's luxurious appeal.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Hyundai Azera -- The newly redesigned Hyundai Azera offers a similar package to the Avalon: high-end appointments without the expense of a high-end brand name. While we're impressed with the Azera's powertrain, equipment and interior quality, the Hyundai's resale value won't be as strong as the Avalon's.

2015 Lexus ES -- Consider the ES as Lexus's version of the Toyota Avalon. Based on the same chassis as the Avalon and sized similarly, the ES combines many of the Avalon's features with a premium brand name, and it isn't dramatically more expensive.

Used Cadillac XTS -- Cadillac's luxurious XTS sedan offers a comfortable ride, roomy interior and surprising array of modern technology. We like the XTS, but we'd suggest a pre-owned model because new ones can get far more expensive than the Avalon.

Used Lexus LS -- If you're interested in an upscale sedan with excellent appointments, you may want to consider the Lexus LS full-size luxury sedan. Powered by a muscular V8 and available with rear- or all-wheel drive, it's an excellent car for most luxury shoppers, though you may want to consider a used model to avoid its high pricing.

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