I wasn't really looking at an Avalon, but I recalled them looking sharp, so I did an Edmunds price check and the quotes coming back from dealers were surprisingly low for a Toyota, add to that a $2500 rebate, I ended up getting a Premium $7,000 off msrp. It's very peppy but maintains 26 mpg in mixed driving. All the technology goodies are there but they're just clunky or non-intuitive or slow. I've only had it a month, so I can't provide any long term guidance. The ride is quiet and smooth, and while i haven't taken it out over back roads, it doesn't seem to have an overly soft suspension. The 9 speaker sound system is better than what i had prior, but still lacks true punch. You need to get the limited (+ $6,000) for the JBL sound. The fit and finish of the inside has a very high end feel, EXCEPT the glove compartment door and the sunroof shade (both surprisingly flimsy). At the end of the day, getting a car of this size with leather, sunroof, heated seats, navigation, smart phone integration, driver seat memory settings, auto climate control, V6, blind spot warning system, and 9 speaker sound for under $31k is great. You couldn't do better in the Accord, Impala, Maxima, Lexus and maybe even Buick for that price point.
Toyota is a great car dont get it wrong. But the 2016 Avalon is overpriced! For the price it should be easier to enter and exit, cant tell you the number of times my head has been banged, hard as i am entering it! The passenger front seat does not allow the seat to to raise low/high as the drivers side. When traveling in rain the windshield wipers are dangerously slow in clearing the windshield in a heavy downpour. Overpriced for the the benefits that are as important to me as the manufactuers stated benefits.
I absolutely love everything about this car. The handling is excellent with three selectable modes including a sport mode that is perfect for the mountain roads in northern California. Fit and finish are perfect. The JBL stereo is wonderful as are all the amazing electronic features. This model comes with HID headlamps that provide a razor sharp light beam and I am still trying to figure out how the car decides to turn on the automatic high beams. It is comfortable, roomy and fun to drive.
I test drove the Chevy Impala and the Chrysler 300 before driving the Avalon. This was no contest.
I have owned a couple of dozen new cars in my lifetime. The Avalon Limited is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned or driven.
Oh, did I mention that all maintenance is included for two full years ?
Just traded my 2012 Toyota Camry for this 16 Avalon. This is my 3rd Toyota since 07. Toyota is just the best in reliability . I opted for the XLE. No need for sunroof and navigation. I have smart phone and blue tooth for that. What sold me was the incredible interior and comfort of this vehicle. Nice quiet cabin. As for exterior, I'm loving the body lines and especially the rear. The front bumper with the large grille is the only downside to this great looking car, but it wasnt a deal breaker for me. I was a little surprised that remote start wasn't standard on the base Avalon. Oh well, got the dealer to throw it in with the deal. Top it off with 0 % financing it was an easy decision for me.
My vehicle was delivered to me with an electrical system problem that took technicians 3 days to diagnose and repair. The front passenger door does not close properly and new I need to make an appointment for that. Seats are comfortable but the ride is very stiff and feels like a truck type vehicle. 6 months later, Toyota has not yet provided a solution to the problem with the Bluetooth based navigation. They selected the software provider which has worthless support and Toyota has stuck their head in the sand on this issue.