NEW FOR 2016:

– New exterior styling; standard LED headlights, new wheel designs
– New tire-specific tire pressure monitoring system
– XLE trim renamed Touring
– Limited receives revised suspension, added content
– Upgraded active safety features: lane-departure alert with steering assist, pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection
– New colour: Crème Brûlée Mica

For 2016, Toyota has given its full-size Avalon sedan a mid-cycle refresh, complete with revised styling and an upgrade in technology.

Up front, all Avalons now boast full LED headlamps (formerly limited to the Limited), available vertical LED daytime running lights, and a massive chrome-outlined grille. The standard Touring trim level also gets smoked tail lights and dark-finish alloy wheels for a sportier appearance. The spacious, modern cabin carries over, effectively unchanged.

Likewise, the Avalon’s mechanicals remain familiar – all trims come powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine which develops 268 hp. A six-speed automatic with paddles for manual shifting is standard. Of note, Toyota has re-tuned the suspension on the Limited trim level; it’s a cushier setup with softer set springs and dampers more in line with previous-generation Avalons. The Touring continues to maintain its sportier set up.

On the equipment front, Toyota has added more standard equipment to both the Touring and the Limited, though the Limited now receives last year’s Premium Package as standard. This adds Toyota’s latest Safety Sense active safety suite including pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert and warning, plus full-speed radar cruise control and automatic high beams.

Standard equipment on the Avalon Touring includes dark-finish 18-inch alloy wheels, selectable drive modes, acoustic windshield and front windows, power sunroof, power heated mirrors with integrated signals, variable intermittent wipers, automatic full LED headlights, fog lamps, chrome exhaust, leather upholstery, heated front seats, power eight-way driver’s seat and four way passenger’s seat, driver memory system, rear-seat pass through, simulated leather door trim, chrome interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, power door locks, power windows with auto-up, electroluminescent instruments, auto-dimming rear view mirror with digital compass, illuminated vanity mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tilt and telescoping steering column, proximity key with push-button start, cruise control, console with tech device management system, front console armrest, integrated garage door opener, courtesy door lamps, map lights, trunk cargo net, 12-volt power outlet, 6.95-inch display audio system with navigation, AM/FM/CD/MP3, satellite radio, USB, Bluetooth, text-message assistant, nine-speaker audio system, steering wheel audio and cruise controls, reverse camera, 3.5-inch TFT information display with trip computer, and alarm.

Limited adds interactive TFT colour climate control panel, perforated leather seats, ventilated front seats, 10-way adjustable driver and eight-way adjustable front passenger seat, aluminum scuff plates, auto-dimming side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, Qi wireless device charger, power rear window sunshade, LED daytime running lights, 11-speaker JBL sound system, tri-zone climate control, heated rear seats, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, full-speed radar cruise control, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitor, and cross-traffic alert.

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