Toyota Avalon Review

List of Pros

  • Stylish family-friendly interior and exterior design. 
  • Rich equipment and high quality of materials used.
  • Impressively low fuel consumption.

List of Cons

  • Not appropriate for sport style of driving. 
  • Poor noise isolation on high speeds. 
  • V-8 engine option and all-wheel-drive package aren’t available. 

Toyota Avalon Overview

Toyota Avalon is a flagman sedan in the USA, Canada, and the Middle East. The fourth-generation car debuted in 2012 with a brand new design developed from scratch and several trim options. In 2016, Toyota presented a new Avalon model with a visual update and a broader list of equipment.

Exterior

The vehicle has become more compact, while the engineers managed to keep the original wheelbase (2820 mm). The designers focused on a sports concept. New LED optics are supplemented by original strips of navigation lights, a huge trapezoidal air intake, aerodynamic body kit, and extravagant fog lamps. A complex hood line contributes to sport exterior and aggression. The profile looks equally bright and dynamic thanks to the large doors, massive side-view mirrors, elegant wheel arches, and stylish rims. 2016 Avalon is available in different colors – silver, white, gray, beige, red, blue, and black.

Interior

The interior is almost unchanged, only a list of additional equipment has expanded. A front panel has a complex architecture. A center console uses decorative elements made of chromed metal, as well as some other elements on this area – a dashboard, pockets and door handles, and a steering wheel. The multi-wheel has a comfortable grip and a high-quality finishing.

Technology & performance

2016 Avalon is presented exclusively in front-wheel drive with classic independent MacPherson struts. Chassis, however, were redesigned. Now, drivers have two options – sport and soft. A braking system is represented by ventilated disc brakes with diameter 295 mm in front and 280 mm in the rear.

There are two engine options:

  • 3.5-liter gasoline with 268 hp and 6-speed automatic transmission, which accelerates to 100 kmph in less than 7 seconds. Fuel consumption is around 11.3 liters per 100 km.
  • 2.5-liter hybrid with 154 hp and the same transmission which consumes around 7 liters per 100 km.

Despite the considerable weight, the car has excellent dynamic and technical characteristics, providing a maximum level of comfort regardless of the road.

Seats

There is plenty of space in the cabin – enough legroom to feel the maximum comfort. Inside, you’ll see leather seats. Front seats are enabled with electric adjustment and heating. You can also get gorgeous front seats with leather trim, heating, memory settings, and ventilation in a more expensive trim.

Climate Control System

Depending on the chosen configuration, Toyota Avalon 2016 can be equipped with 2- or 3-zone climate control. A stylish climate control unit is located on the center panel. Front seats are equipped with an airflow that works in both heating and cooling modes.

Infotainment System

The car has got advanced equipment: a modern multimedia system with a seven-inch touch screen, GPS navigation, rearview camera, nine speakers, audio player with Bluetooth connection and USB port. Toyota’s innovations in infotainment features include voice recognition, mobile app integration, and navigation-based hard drives. It all makes tech-savvy buyers interested.

Storage and Space

Trunk volume is relatively small – around 410 liters. Nevertheless, it is enough to accommodate a suitcase for each passenger. Backseats cannot be folded.

Comfort

You can hear that Avalon is a synonym of comfort. Well, that is not a huge exaggeration. There are only a few quibbles – a backseat is still more comfortable for two than three passengers, and driving on high speed gets loud sometimes.

Seat comfort

Backseats are designed for three passengers. The first impression you get when you sit in a driver’s or front seat is that you are on a good armchair or sofa. There is no lateral support (and many drivers criticize this) but the car is designed for a smooth drive. If you don’t rush, you’ll feel just right. Comfortable front seats are electrically adjustable, enabled with heating and cooling modes. There is more than enough legroom in both rows. 

Ride comfort

2016 Avalon has a couple of options you can’t always find in later models – adaptive cruise control, Keyless Go that allows a driver to open and start a car with one click, and remote start that automatically turns in a climate control unit. The car has in-built navigation, but you’ll need to check whether the maps for Nigeria are included in the kit. As you can see, drivers will enjoy the ride. Passengers don’t have such diversity of pleasant features but they will be grateful for the convenience. 

Quality

During the presentation of an updated Avalon, Toyota’s representatives admitted that the car has received better finishing, just like models of a higher price category. As we can see now, the quality of the interior is beyond praise: soft high-quality plastic, genuine leather, elements of brushed metal and wood. Adjustment of details doesn’t leave a room for criticism – everything is strict, rich and stylish.

Safety & Reliability

Toyota has always been very responsible for the level of safety of its cars, and the updated Avalon is no exception. The list of passive and active safety systems is presented by the following equipment:

  • ten airbags;
  • adaptive road lighting system i-AFS;
  • blind spots monitoring sensors with a warning system;
  • front and rear parking sensors;
  • innovative parking assistant;
  • a rearview camera with an adaptive layout;
  • advanced ABS with pre-installed EBD system;
  • emergency brake assist system;
  • VSC+ system;
  • switching between headlights and city beams;
  • three-point seat belts; 
  • ISOFIX mounting for child safety seats.

Should I Buy the Toyota Avalon?

2016 Toyota Avalon fully justifies the role of the flagship, offering a proper level of comfort, decent equipment, and almost flawless steerability. Despite its business focus, Toyota Avalon can easily fulfill the duties of a family car thanks to the high level of security, a spacious interior, and a spacious luggage compartment. So if you need a full-size sedan which guarantees a soft and comfortable ride and offers an extraordinary level of quality, then you definitely should pay attention to Toyota Avalon 2016.

How Much Does the Toyota Avalon Cost?

Finding a used Toyota Avalon in Nigeria isn’t a problem – choose among dozens of offers, priced from N5,700,000 to around N16,500,000. If you like this Toyota line but are currently looking for something more affordable, pay attention to older generations. The early 2000s vehicles, for instance, are available for under N400,000. The latest 2019 models will cost around N35,000,000-N40,000,000.