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Refreshed 2016 Toyota Avalon Shown in Chicago

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 20th, 2015

2016 Toyota Avalon

Since 2012, the fourth-generation Avalon has stood out in Toyota’s lineup as their most refined sedan of any size. Now at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the Japanese automaker has pulled the wraps off a mid-cycle refresh of their upmarket saloon for the 2016 model year.

2016 Toyota Avalon rear

The exterior updates are easiest to see. Toyota’s added a downturned, extra-wide horizontal grille with a bold chrome outline, while the neighboring slanted turn signals have taken the place of the current model’s bulky fog lights. This fits nicely with the new slanted LED headlights, while the chrome accent lines extending from the Toyota logo above the grille naturally blend into the body lines of the car. All in all, an extremely sporty front fascia, with new dark grey 18-inch alloys to complete the look. The Limited trim will get upgraded Super Chrome alloys instead.

2016 Toyota Avalon tires

Speaking of trims, there will be five trim levels for the 2016 model year, up from the four available in 2015. The new trim is XLE Plus, which slots above the existing base XLE trim. From there it goes XLE Premium, Touring and Limited.

With all that being said, the biggest change to the 2016 Toyota Avalon isn’t to the styling, but to be suspension. Toyota has retuned the Avalon’s underpinnings to “better align with diverse customer preferences.” Practically speaking, this means that every trim of the Avalon except the Touring model gets a softer suspension with a smoother ride. This should better serve the priorities of the average Avalon driver. However, the Touring trim’s tuning will remain a bit stiffer to accommodate the sportier and more rigorous ride.

2016 Toyota Avalon interior

Other than that, the Avalon remains mostly the same. The interior gets some slight styling updates with chrome accents and grey accent stitching. Some trims get new tech options too, like the advanced safety features in the Limited, including automatic high-beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and pre-collision warning.

Everything under the hood stays the same with a 3.5L V6 outputting 268 hp being the primary powertrain option. We wouldn’t be surprised if a smaller 2.5L powertrain was confirmed closer to the new model’s production.


Toyota Camry, Corolla & Avalon Coming to Chicago

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The 2015 Chicago auto show opens next week, and this week Toyota has been busy prepping us for the three new models they plan to showcase at the event. Well, one new model and two special edition models that will be shown in Chicago ahead of their 2016MY debut.

Facelifted 2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 Toyota Avalon Teaser

The star of the show, and the only one that Toyota is giving us a real teaser for, is the 2016 Toyota Avalon. This is a mid-cycle refresh for the fourth-generation full-size sedan, and all we know so far is that the front fascia will get a major overhaul with a new chrome-outlined hexagonal lower grille. The front lip looks slightly more aggressive, and it looks like the LEDs have been redesigned with new vertical LEDs.

The exterior design is all-around more refined than the current model’s, and we expect that the interior will get similar treatment with new upholstery and trim options, along with several new tech. updates. We expect the powertrain options to remain totally the same.

Toyota Camry Special Edition

2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition

Along with the facelifted Avalon, Toyota will showcase limited, Special Edition versions of their 2016 Camry and Corolla.

The Toyota Camry special edition will be based on the normal Toyota Camry SE trim. Toyota has added custom 18-inch alloys with glossy black accents. It will also get unique Special Edition badging, smoked taillights, and will be available in either Blizzard Pearl or Blue Streak Metallic.

2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition interior

The interior will be stylized with vibrant blue stitching to contrast the black-and-chrome interior. Even the gauges will get sleek electric blue dials.

Toyota Corolla Special Edition

2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition

The Toyota Corolla special edition get similar treatment to the Camry, with the biggest difference being the red color scheme instead of blue. It will be based on the Corolla S Plus, with rich, glossy black alloys, Special Edition badging just like the Camry’s, and three new color options – Black Sand Pearl, Super White and Absolutely Red (pictured).

2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition interior

Again, the limited Corolla’s interior gets largely the same treatment as the Camry’s, except the contrast stitching is red instead of blue.

Toyota plans to build 12,000 special edition Camrys and 8,000 Corollas, so if you like what you see at the Chicago Auto Show next week, be sure to order yours ASAP. Alternatively, if you want something more affordable, you can check out our Integrity Exports auction database to find cars like this: