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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 automatic transmission or two-speed CVT (hybrid), front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Fall 2015

Toyota wowed crowds whenever it revealed the very 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 of the refreshed 2016 Avalon during the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, providing the car an extremely, very makeover that is mild and out — good thing the present model currently looks appealing.

Changes are limited to new front- and rear-end styling with a wider and lower front grille, new change signals and redesigned LED taillights. The changes join updated 17- and 18-inch tires, according to which of five V-6 or three Hybrid trims you go searching for. The appearance is exactly the same for the XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Limited trims, only changing when you choose the Touring trim, whenever that front grille and bumper are replaced by a sportier version. Additionally a chrome that is new bumper accent that all models now wear.

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

The powertrains are unchanged through the previous Avalon, with similar 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 as standard, powering the front wheels through a six-speed automated transmission. For the fuel-economy minded, the Hybrid version uses Toyota's Synergy Drive, pairing a 156-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor with an electric drive system. It employs a continuously that is two-speed transmission instead of the six-speed automatic, but nonetheless abilities just the front wheels. The sole 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, however the Touring trim comes with a more aggressive suspension upgrade meant to provide a sportier driving experience.

The refreshed Avalon should hit dealerships sometime this autumn.