2016 Toyota Avalon Brings New Suspension Tuning, LED + Tech Upgrades and Top-line Touring Trim


The 2016 Toyota Avalon is refreshed for Chicago including a number of tweaks to the current style and trim levels, plus a loaded Touring trim to top the model line with sporty dark-grey wheels and grille.

All 2016 Avalons benefit from enhanced chassis tuning — with the suspension now delivering a better sport and comfort ride compromise than the current model. Shifted a bit too far toward sporty springs in its 2012 refresh, the Avalon in this generation was never too happy either cruising or handling tight bends at speed. We hope the new model addresses this unhappy handling setup, and are confident it will.

Other tweaks include new LED styling front and rear, upgraded cabin tech with Qi wireless phone charging, and other tweaks to make sure the Avalon delivers more than just roominess as the largest Toyota sedan offered stateside.

2016 Toyota Avalon



— Updated Styling
— New LED Headlights and Taillights
— Retuned Suspension for Enhanced Comfort
— Upgraded Convenience Features


Refreshed 2016 Avalon

Unveiled as all-new in 2012, the fourth-generation Avalon was the first vehicle to meet Toyota
President Akio Toyoda’s challenge to create cars that spark people’s emotions. Toyota mixed its legendary
Quality, Durability and Reliability (QDR) with a strong dose of emotion through fresh new styling, improved
performance, and high-tech features. They proved to be winning ingredients as Avalon quickly grabbed the
attention of mid-size premium car buyers in segment leading numbers.

Five distinct grades on the V6 models will give customers a wide array of choice (XLE, XLE Plus, XLE
Premium, Limited and Touring). Hybrid customers can choose from three separate grades, adding luxury
features and technology options as they move up the chain from XLE Plus to XLE Premium and Limited.

Two unique suspension systems were developed for the 2016 Avalon to better align with diverse
customer preferences. One retuned suspension prioritizes a comfortable ride for the XLE through Limited
grades. The other, provides a more dynamic and responsive driving experience for the Touring grade.
Both of these suspension tunings are new and represent significant improvements over the current
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The refreshed 2016 Avalon adds more refinement with an array of styling, performance and
technology enhancements. New features on all Avalon grades will include:

— Wider lower front grille with narrow upper grille design
— Newly-designed turn signals (replacing fog lights)
— Refined LED taillights
— Chrome rear bumper accent
— New gray accent stitching with light gray interior

Additional new standard features on the XLE and XLE Plus grades include:
— Redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels
—7-inch Entune Audio Plus screen
— Premium woodgrain dash ornamentation
— Tire-specific Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Technology upgrades are added to the Avalon XLE Premium grade as it receives Entune™ Premium
Audio with Navigation and App Suite and the Qi Wireless Charging as standard equipment.

The performance-tuned Avalon Touring grade adds to its sporty styling with new standard features
that include:

—Redesigned 18-inch dark gray painted alloy wheels
— New sporty front fascia
— New LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
— Unique “Touring” badge

The top-of-the-line Avalon Limited rounds out the updates with the addition of new 18-inch alloy
Super Chrome wheels on gas models, and new 17-inch alloy Super Chrome wheels on the Limited hybrid
(also optional on gas Limited). The Limited adds optional advanced safety features including automatic high
beam headlights, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System, and Lane Departure Alert.

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