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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 when it revealed the final version of its Avalon large sedan at the New York International Auto Show in 2012, switching 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 of the refreshed 2016 Avalon during the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, offering the vehicle a tremendously, very makeover that is mild and out — good thing the existing model currently looks appealing.

Changes are limited to new front side- and rear-end styling with a wider and lower front 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 you opt for. The appearance is exactly the same for the XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Limited trims, only changing when you select the Touring trim, when that front grille and bumper are replaced by a sportier version. Addititionally there is 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, even though 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 software suite, also 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 cruise that is dynamic, a collision warning system and lane departure alert.
Under the Hood

The powertrains are unchanged from 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 variation utilizes Toyota's Synergy Drive, pairing a 156-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor with a drive system that is electric. It employs a two-speed continuously variable transmission rather than the six-speed automatic, but nevertheless abilities just 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 a more comfortable ride, nevertheless the Touring trim is sold with a more aggressive suspension upgrade designed to provide a sportier driving experience.

The Avalon that is refreshed should dealerships sometime this fall.