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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 look 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 last version of its Avalon sedan that is large the New York International Auto Show in 2012, turning the big sedan from one thing frumpy and boring into a classy, emotionally styled cruiser. It's time for an update, so Toyota is trotting out the refreshed 2016 Avalon at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, giving the automobile an extremely, very mild makeover inside and out — good thing the present model currently looks appealing.

Changes are limited to front that is new 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 opt for. The look is equivalent 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 changed by a sportier variation. There is a chrome that is new bumper accent that most models now wear.

Inside, all 2016 Avalons now get gray 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 display and a tire-specific monitoring system that is tire-pressure. The XLE Premium grade now adds Entune Premium sound with navigation and Toyota's software suite, as well as Qi wireless charging as standard. Upgrading to the top-of-the-line Limited brings a great deal 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 the same 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 as standard, powering the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. For the fuel-economy minded, the Hybrid version utilizes Toyota's Synergy Drive, pairing a 156-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a drive system that is electric. It employs a two-speed continuously variable transmission rather than the six-speed automatic, yet still abilities only the front wheels. The only real mechanical differences for the 2016 model are the switch to two available suspension tunes — all models use a new tuned suspension aimed at an even more luxurious ride, nevertheless 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.