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2016 Toyota Avalon: First Look
Competes with: Ford Taurus, Kia Cadenza, Hyundai Azera, Chevrolet Impala Looks like: Toyota turned the grille from a laugh to a frown

Drivetrain: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 or 156-hp, 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder hybrid, six-speed automated transmission or two-speed CVT (hybrid), front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2015

Toyota wowed crowds when it revealed the last form of its Avalon big sedan at the New York International Auto Show in 2012, turning the big sedan from something frumpy and boring into a classy, emotionally styled cruiser. It's the perfect time for an update, so Toyota is trotting out the refreshed 2016 Avalon at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, offering the car an extremely, very makeover that is mild and out — good thing the present model currently looks appealing.

Changes are restricted to front that is new and rear-end styling with a wider and lower front side grille, new change signals and redesigned LED taillights. The changes join updated 17- and wheels that are 18-inch depending on which of five V-6 or three Hybrid trims going for. The appearance is equivalent for the XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Limited trims, only changing when you pick the Touring trim, whenever that front bumper and grille are changed by a sportier version. Additionally a new chrome rear bumper accent that all models now wear.

Inside, all 2016 Avalons now get gray accent stitching with the light gray interior, while the XLE and XLE Plus trims get new woodgrain dashboard trim, the 7-inch Entune Audio Plus multimedia screen and a tire-specific tire-pressure monitoring system. The XLE Premium grade now adds Entune Premium sound with navigation and Toyota's app suite, as well as Qi wireless charging as standard. Upgrading to the top-of-the-line Limited brings a whole lot of optional safety equipment, including automatic high-beam headlights, radar-based dynamic cruise control, a collision caution system and lane departure alert.
Under the Hood

The powertrains are unchanged from the previous Avalon, with the exact same 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 as standard, powering the front tires through a six-speed automatic transmission. For the fuel-economy minded, the Hybrid version makes use of Toyota's Synergy Drive, pairing a 156-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric drive system. It employs a continuously that is two-speed transmission as opposed to the six-speed automatic, but still capabilities only the front wheels. The actual only real mechanical differences for the 2016 model are the switch to two available suspension tunes — all models use a new tuned suspension system aimed at an even more comfortable ride, but the Touring trim includes a more aggressive suspension upgrade meant to provide a sportier experience that is driving.

The refreshed Avalon should hit dealerships sometime this fall.