|The 2016 Toyota Avalon.|
In toughening up the Avalon, Toyota made it too tough for returning customers, who Toyota does not want to scare off while it brings the car into the here and now. So for 2016, most Avalons will get a softer suspension. The Touring model, on the other hand, gets an even stiffer one.
|2016 Toyota Avalon.|
Under the hood is the same 268-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine as in all Avalons except the Hybrid, teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission and delivering, according to EPA estimates, 21 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway. It is more than enough power and combined with the handling of the 2016 Touring model, it is a deeply satisfying car.
The base price of $37,050 for the Touring covers everything---a package of standard equipment so comprehensive (click here for the details) that, in an extremely rare move for Toyota, our test vehicle came without a single option. Add $835 for delivery processing and handling and the as-tested price is $37,885.
|2016 Toyota Avalon interior.|
In our view, the large sedan segment is a class of one. The one we'd have is the 2016 Toyota Avalon Touring.