2016 Toyota Avalon gets a fresh face, adds new features
Stepping up in style and adding more convenience and functionality across the line, the revamped 2016 Toyota Avalon was unveiled in Chicago. Still offered in XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Limited and Touring models with standard V6 power and XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Limited 4-cylinder Avalon Hybrid variants, all benefit from more sophisticated exteriors and interiors coupled with specific content enhancements.
Visual changes to the Avalon are focused on its front end. A trimmer upper grille and bolder reshaped lower element impart a bolder character which is complemented by new LED-enhanced headlamps and restyled turn signals. Less pronounced tail tweaks include refined LED rear lamps and a chrome bumper accent. The Avalon XLE and XLE Plus get revised 17-inch alloy wheels while the Touring grade boasts new 18-inch aluminum rims with a dark gray painted finish. The sportiest Avalon also features a more aggressively contoured fascia with full LED lights. Sitting atop the range, the Avalon Limited boasts new 18-inch Super Chrome alloys on the standard model and 17-inch versions on the Hybrid Limited. Less obvious, all 2016 versions of this full-size front-drive 4-door feature retuned suspension systems. The XLE through Limited models have a more compliant ride while the Touring-spec Avalon was reworked to deliver "a more dynamic and responsive driving experience."
As for new creature features, the 2016 Avalon XLE and XLE Plus gain premium woodgrain dash accents and a larger 7.0-inch screen for their Entune Audio Plus sound systems. At XLE Premium level, Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite and Qi Wireless Charging join the expanded roster of standard equipment. On Limited models, Lane Departure Alert is teamed with the existing automatic high-beam headlights, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Pre-Collision System that are part of the available Technology Package. The 2016 Toyota Avalon lineup arrives in dealers this fall. Pricing will be announced closer to the actual on-sale date.
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