By on February 12, 2015

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Turning up with a refreshed look, the 2016 Toyota Avalon took the stage at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

Up front, the Avalon receives reshaped headlamps with LED bulbs, revised turn signals, and a lower, wider grill. Power still comes from either a 3.5-liter V6 producing 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, or a 200-horsepower hybrid system led by a 2.5-liter four.

XLE and XLE Plus trims receive 17-inch alloys, woodgrain dash and tire-pressure monitoring, while the Touring level turns up the aggressive looks and gains 18-inch alloys and daytime LEDs. The top-of-the-line Limited retains the 18-inch wheels for gasoline-powered versions — 17 inches for the hybrid — and adds adaptive cruise control, pre-collision, and auto-adjusting high beams.

No pricing was announced at the show, but Toyota says the revised 2016 Avalon will hit showrooms later this fall.

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57 Comments on “Chicago 2015: 2016 Toyota Avalon Unveiled...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Give us an XSE package just like the Camry!

    You know, in case Grandma wants to race.

  • avatar
    jsixpack

    I see a crazy number of the XLE-Hybrids in town with Livery tags…
    jsp

  • avatar
    TW5

    Yeah. Bulbous with the mouth shaped for bottom-feeding and blood-sucking. If ever a car was built for the upper-middle class Social-Security-leach, the Avalon is it.

    • 0 avatar
      Landcrusher

      “upper-middle class Social-Security-leach”!?!?

      Wtf are you talking about? What is the ROI so SS for the upper middle class?

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      “upper-middle class Social-Security-leach”

      Is that the kind of thing they’re teaching little morons in tax supported public schools?

      Little freeloaders

      • 0 avatar
        Pch101

        I would hope that the public schools would teach the appropriate use of leach vs. leech. Color me disappointed.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          Bingo!

        • 0 avatar
          TW5

          I don’t proof my TTAC posts during the day. Regarding the abuse of social security by the upper-middle class, it’s an incontrovertible fact. Find some data that proves otherwise.

          • 0 avatar
            jjster6

            You mean abusing the system they paid for all their working lives. Is that the abuse you’re talking about? Why don’t you proof read during the day? Mom not home to help you?

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            “Regarding the abuse of social security by the upper-middle class, it’s an incontrovertible fact.”

            Word salad. Without first defining “abuse,” it’s not possible to even know what you’re talking about.

          • 0 avatar
            TW5

            PCH, why are you wasting your time talking to me. I don’t know anything. Go prove me wrong.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            I can’t be bothered to prove you wrong until I know what you’re trying to say.

            You’ve tossed together some cliches, apparently hoping that you made some sort of point. But aside from knowing that you’re upset with the world and your elders, I honestly haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            ” Regarding the abuse of social security by the upper-middle class, it’s an incontrovertible fact. Find some data that proves otherwise.”

            You’re making the accusation the burden of proof is on you. It’s like me accusing you of being a tool, I’d have to prove it. Never mind you did it for me, thx

          • 0 avatar
            TW5

            Even if your only life skill is the ability to work an online tax calculator, you can gather evidence yourself.

            Suppose MFJ builds $60,000 in pension and IRA benefits. Calculate their tax liability, and then look at the tax apportioned to their social security. Remember that they built their IRA with tax deferments and tax subsidies.

            If online calculators are your only competence, you can still understand the problem. In my area, the Avalon is the vehicle closely associated with a twisted penchant for putting one’s own grandchildren in the poor house or bankruptcy court because “Muh social security that Uhh paid for”.

            Imagine if people were taught to burn down their houses because collecting insurance was less risky than trying to sell the home. Now you have some vague concept of the economic losses and insurance fraud we’re talking about. What do you think is going to happen to the cost of insurance? If payroll tax is regressive, what do you think is going to happen to the middle-class? Maybe income growth will cease below the payroll tax threshold?

            You’re taking your first baby-steps into understanding 21st century life in the United States.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            To make a point, you need to do more than to string together some cliches and a tortured metaphor.

            If you believe that there should be more savings and less consumption, then just say it.

    • 0 avatar
      ClutchCarGo

      While I agree that the new front clip is distinctly catfish-like, I don’t see how your Soc Sec leach rant makes any sense.

    • 0 avatar
      Krivka

      Who have made more money in their lives than twits like you.

    • 0 avatar
      mkirk

      Sure man, just let me opt out and invest what I currently pay in on my own and I won’t bother you any more. As I am being compelled to pay in I expect the promised return. I assume this is directed at folks like me since I like the Avalon.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        You’re not the only one who likes Avalon. First-time Avalon owners often come from other brands and Marques. But once the Avalon experience kicks in, they often become repeat buyers. Older buyers, yes. But repeat buyers, like every 3 years, buy or lease.

        The only other comparable experience is a Lexus ES350. And many cannot make or justify that financial leap.

        If our local dealership could get more Avalons, they would sell more of them. Especially in the XLE trim.

        • 0 avatar
          56BelAire

          I hear you HDC but as good as a car may be, I have never purchased one where I just don’t care for the styling. I have got to like the way a car looks before I will go to the showroom or test drive it, I don’t even care if I can buy it well under invoice.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            56BelAire, I noticed that styling in general is getting worse, instead of better, across all brands, lines and segments.

            It must be what the stylists think the future buyers want.

            But even if I don’t like the styling of a vehicle, chances are good that there will be a lot of them on the road with me.

            FWIW, I thought only our 2012 Grand Cherokee as being stylish. The styling and color appealed to my wife. But it is a chic-car, so the stylists were right on the money.

        • 0 avatar
          wmba

          “But once the Avalon experience kicks in ..” Somnambulence, you mean.

          “If our local dealership could get more Avalons” Isn’t rationing awful?

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            wmba, what the over-caffeinated road-rage crowd calls somnambulence, others call serenity and pure driving enjoyment.

            And rationing is indeed awful when people who want to buy an Avalon have to drive extended distances to find one, if they can find one. Could also be a reason why Avalon in MY area sells for a lot more than its worth.

            I’m not a sedan person, but I can see where the Avalon has its merits for its targeted demographic, in spite of its styling and its hyper-inflated price vis-a-vis the Camry.

      • 0 avatar
        wstarvingteacher

        Couldn’t agree more. Worked for 50+ years and paid all that time. Can’t say that it’s a good investment but if I live a long time, maybe so. Sure didn’t have a choice.

        Btw, this car may have an ugly mouth but it’s probably going to run with that ugly mouth leading the way for 200k miles.

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          I hope to live long enough to watch social security go broke.

          And Medicare is not a good deal either unless it is your secondary coverage, after Blue Cross/Blue Shield or Kaiser Permanente or Presbyterian Health or any other top health care insurance company.

    • 0 avatar
      don1967

      “upper-middle class Social-Security-leach”

      (slow clap)

      Never before has the collective wisdom of Occupy Wall Street and Rush Limbaugh been so elegantly captured in five words.

      • 0 avatar
        Brad2971

        “Never before has the collective wisdom of Occupy Wall Street and Rush Limbaugh been so elegantly captured in five words.”

        If elRushbo truly believes such elegant class warfare, he will definitely ensure that he will not be on the air after 2016 (when his contract expires). Those Avalon-buying “Social Security leaches (sic)” are a good chunk of his listening audience.

        As for that infantile claim regarding Social Security recipients, a certain line from a Mike and the Mechanics song back in the ’80s comes to mind.

  • avatar
    turf3

    Disappointing that Toyota have followed the trend of eliminating front bumpers, so even the lowest-speed impacts will cost thousands to repair the broken plastic parts; plus the absurd air dam will get hung on steeply sloping driveways and curbs, dragging off the thousands-of-dollars front clip.

    In a high end sports car you might accept this design and claim that you expect their drivers to be more fastidious (although that’s not really an excuse for bad design), but in a mass market car that is intended to be driven by all kinds of people in all kinds of environments, there is no excusing it.

    Although maybe it’s not an issue as the optional “pre-collision” provides you with an already-damaged car (wait, is that not what that is supposed to mean? I thought it meant the manufacturer runs it into something for you, so you don’t have to.)

    • 0 avatar
      sproc

      Just awful. It may have parking assist, but no guarantee the car parallel parking in front of you will.

    • 0 avatar
      jcain

      Not sure, but the lack of protruding bumpers might be related to pedestrian impact standards.

    • 0 avatar
      Charliej

      Don’t drive that to Mexico. The topes would destroy that front end immediately. I was with a friend in his Cadillac and we drug the whole bottom of the car over every tope we crossed. Vehicles with high ground clearance are very popular here. No one wants their oil pan holed or transmission ripped out by a tope. Topes are Mexican speed bumps. Used to slow traffic down in small towns across Mexico. The can be eight inches high.

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    That grille in the front looks like it should have a ThermoKing or SubZero badge on it.

    • 0 avatar
      56BelAire

      Good one Roberto. +1

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      And, yet, it’s an impromrevement over the Predator (“spindle”) grills that started on Lexus cars and have made their way to the Camry and the 4Runner.

      I like my Toyotas to look like the bland appliances they are. :-)

      This catfish/reefer grill is an improvement over what I assumed they’d put on it. I don’t mind catfish. Or refrigerator trucks.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    Now even more like the Camry and ES!

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    Just awful.
    I looks like the thing is supposed to clean the road as it goes.
    Terrible reach for style with loudness..

  • avatar
    mjz

    The “refreshed” Camry, with it’s hideous grille has just sceded it’s perennial #1 sales position to the slightly more restrained Corolla. Coinsidence? This new Avalon grille is almost as bad, and will have the same effect on sales. The Camry, particularly in SE guise, is laughable unattractive. The Avalon is now a close 2nd. What are they putting in the saki at Toyota?

  • avatar
    akatsuki

    Avalon is a great car for the money, but the new Toyota styling is pretty bad regardless of what you think of the Lexus spindle.

    Why can’t we have a Toyota with Mazda looks?

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      The Avalon is an old person’s car. Toyota products are for people who want dependable, long lasting, reliable products that keep their value at trading time.

      If Mazda looks sold to Toyota customers, Toyota products would look like Mazdas and Mazda would sell as many of their products as Toyota does.

      If Mazda’s looks appealed to as many people as Toyota’s looks do, then Mazda would sell more of their products as well.

      As it is, Mazda has decent products that don’t sell worth diddly.

      • 0 avatar
        Luke42

        Toyota’s looks aren’t the main selling point of the car, though.

      • 0 avatar
        akatsuki

        I drove a recent Avalon and frankly it was a lot nicer than the older ones as far as ride comfort and planted feeling. My dad is a former Avalon owner (2001) and that thing made me sea sick. The news ones are basically a Lexus ES350 without the badge – flat out the best deal in near luxury if you don’t care about badge.

        And Mazda products are crap. They just have good styling. The engines are massively underpowered. They rust like crazy. The interiors are maybe about equivalent with 2014 Toyota – which is so terrible they upgraded them for this year.

  • avatar
    ttacgreg

    I for one, will be relieved when Toyota finally passes the whale shark inspired styling paradigm turd. . . .

    I hope that statement made more sense the the Social security rant above :)

  • avatar
    Joss

    Looks to me to be a more conservative refresh than Maxima’s. What’s with all the trim & engine choice? I thought these were loaded with few options for the gray cells to pick over…

    AvMax are a better 2nd owner buy. Leaning in the shade from CamAlt – they don’t seem to hold their value as well as Lexus & Infin.

  • avatar
    Stovebolt

    Yep, the ugly stick is still whacking away at Toyota. The Avalon snout theme is pretty bad but tasteful in comparison to other forthcoming vehicles. Each generation seems to make the previous one look better. Aquariums and anime should be banned from the design department, if Toyota has one.

  • avatar
    Dynasty

    Maybe Toyota can get Henry Winkler as their spokesman on the new styling language.

  • avatar

    Toyota has never been the most exciting automaker in the world—a fact that Toyota GM Bill Fay was more than happy to admit during the automaker’s press conference at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
    http://www.limohire-sportcarhire.co.uk/self-drive-cars/porsche/

  • avatar
    VW16v

    Maybe they worked on the front seats. I’ve heard they are the #1 complaint for this latest model. Extremely hard and seams are in the wrong place. Test drove one with the in laws. They did not purchase due the most uncomfortable seats they ever sat in.

  • avatar
    johnny ringo

    Apparently Toyota is trying to appeal to the fishing enthusiasts with the new Avalon-the front end looks like a large mouth bass.

  • avatar
    canddmeyer

    I hope Toyota has softened the ride. The current generation has no cush and every bump in the road can be felt.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    The Avalon’s design team saw some new Mini grilles, and thought “Yes, we like that.”

    So now it looks scared and surprised as well.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    Hee-hee…lower grille went from “happy” to “sad” – the Mercury Mountaineer School of Design.

    But seriously, I sat in one of these at this year’s Philly Auto Show and it’s not a bad place to be. Not quite as nice as a Lexus, and the materials weren’t top-notch by any stretch, but the dash design was novel in a livable way.

  • avatar
    dtremit

    How are they “receiving” TPMS in this refresh when TPMS has been required since MY2007?

  • avatar
    DrGastro997

    Looking like the Mirai. It still looks pretty good- better than the Buicks!


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