2016 Toyota Avalon Drops Bug Eye Headlights

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Toyota revealed the 2016 Avalon today in Chicago with refreshed styling and mild mechanical changes.

Most noticeably, the headlights have been replaced by LED units that also have a new shape. It also has a wider and lower front grille, revised turn signals and a chrome accent on the rear bumper. Toyota also tweaked the suspension to offer a choice between a more comfortable or sportier ride.

Power still comes from a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque or a hybrid powertrain with 200 total HP courtesy of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder linked to a hybrid powertrain.

The XLE and XLE Plus trims also come with updated standard equipment lists that include new 17-inch alloy wheels, Toyota’s seven-inch Entune infotainment touchscreen, woodgrain in the dashboard and a tire pressure monitoring system.

2015 Chicago Auto Show Coverage

Meanwhile, the slightly sportier Touring trim gets 18-inch alloys, a revised front fascia meant to make the car look a little meaner and new LED daytime running lights.

Finally, Toyota’s top-of-the-line “Limited” trim level gets its own 18-inch wheels for gasoline models or special 17-inch wheels with the hybrid. It also adds convenience features like automatically adjusting high beams, adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system and a pre-collision system.

Toyota didn’t announce pricing for the refreshed model today, but the company said they will go on sale later this year in the fall.

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Luke Vandezande
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  • DrJ DrJ on Feb 16, 2015

    Toyota: stay away from solo direct injection, turbos, and belt driven CVT trannys and you'll come out on top down the road re engine/drive train reliability! Also, the 3.5 must be close to net HP-anything that can turn 100mph in the 1/4 is honkin!

  • Rockland Toyota Rockland Toyota on Apr 26, 2016

    I rented an Avalon XLE when I went on a business trip to California a few months ago, and I was actually quite impressed with it! Never thought I'd say that after driving German cars for the last 15 years.