2016 Toyota Avalon specs hybrid and changes

Currently in its fourth generation, 2016 Toyota Avalon will go through mid-cycle facelift for this model year. Its full redesign and start of the new generation was made back in 2012, and it is now time for small refreshment of the model. However both hybrid and regular sedan versions will be available, while hybrid variant is expected to appear slightly later than the regular one. Changes for the 2016 Avalon will include minor exterior revisions, and interior upgrades, mainly in materials and features.

2016 Toyota Avalon Front

2016 Toyota Avalon exterior and interior

Exterior changes we expect on the upcoming Avalon include refreshment of the front fascia, slightly altered headlights and taillights, as well as reshaped bumpers. However, these changes will not be major. The 2016 Toyota Avalon will look more modern, but not much different. Even the current model is highly equipped with features, and comes with LED lights and 17-inch alloy wheels which should be unchanged for the 2016 model year. Beside reshaping and remodeling, exterior will be additionally enhanced with new color choices, so customers will have larger offer to choose from.

The current Avalon sedan comes available in 5 trims, while its Hybrid variant is available in three. The regular Avalon trims include XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, XLE Premium Sport Edition and Limited. Avalon Hybrid is available in XLE Premium, XLE Touring and Limited. All these trims will still be included into the offer for 2016 model year.

Some of features which will be included into the offer for both regular and Hybrid variant of the 2016 Toyota Avalon include Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite, Leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio, Multi-Information Display, and Bluetooth. Toyota included the latest generation of Entune infotainment system into the improvements made for current Avalon, so there will not be any significant alterations in that area.

2016 Toyota Avalon Interior

2016 Toyota Avalon engine specs

Since Japanese manufacturer plans a facelift, rather than redesign for 2016 model year. We expect performance of the model to stay the same for both regular and Hybrid variant.

The engine for a regular 2016 Toyota Avalon is a 3.5-Liter V6 with 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. The output is the same for each trim, including XLE Premium Sport Edition. Sport, ECO and Normal Modes are all part of standard performance features, even on the base XLE. The power of the engine is transmitted to front wheels via 6-speed ECT-i (Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence) automatic transmission.

Under the hood of the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is placed a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor and output of 200 hybrid system net horsepower. The electric motor is fed by Ni-MH (Sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride) battery. This hybrid system is paired with an ECVT (Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission) and same (front-wheel) drivetrain.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the regular version of Avalon is rated at 21/31/24 mpg city/hwy/combined. For Hybrid model rates are at 40/39/40 mpg city/hwy/combined. Although the regular Avalon offer some pretty good numbers, the Hybrid scores are just perfect for people who are looking for a great-looking great-efficiency vehicle.

2016 Toyota Avalon Side

2016 Toyota Avalon price and release

The 2016 Toyota Avalon should arrive on the market during the second half of this year, probably during the fall. The prices are not released yet. However, the changes made on this model will cause an increase, but we don’t expect it to be anything major. Base price is expected to be around $33,000, while Hybrid variant should start around $37,000.

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