2016 Toyota Avalon Walk Around

Avalon looks upscale with its flowing lines. It’s intended to look both elegant and athletic and we think it succeeds. The styling revisions for 2016 give the front of the car a more angular look, though not to the extent of other Toyota models.

Touring models are distinguished by a unique front fascia and gray wheels.


The Avalon cabin is modern and thoughtfully composed. Inside, it has a premium look and feels like a luxury car. Interior materials are excellent, with matching wood grains, metallic trim and attractive striated surfaces.

It’s roomy and open-feeling, with plenty of headroom, and the sunroof design takes up little space.

Seven-inch touchscreen is used to control audio and to monitor vehicle systems. The climate and audio controls are relatively close to the driver.

The front seats are comfortable. They don’t have a lot of lateral support, but they’re supportive enough for the back on longer trips. The seats are upholstered in supple leather with real stitching.

The back seats may be the best in the class. They’re contoured well for adults and have relatively long lower cushions for thigh support. There’s plenty of legroom and headroom, even for tall adults. You’ll need to tuck your feet and duck your head a little bit when getting in and out, though.

Cargo space is 16 cubic feet. The trunk has a flat floor and the opening is wide, important for large items. The Hybrid has a smaller trunk, 14 cubic feet.

Cubby storage includes door bins front and rear, a roomy center console, and a leather-lidded bin for smartphone stowage. A small, hinged, felt-lined bin ahead of the driver’s left knee is perfect for holding the key fob.

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