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2016 Toyota Avalon Updated for Chicago Auto Show

Toyota’s large sedan gets a mild facelift.

Toyota's large sedan, the Avalon, gets a mild facelift for 2016 that debuts at the 2015 Chicago auto show. Changes in store for the 2016 Toyota Avalon include an exterior update with new headlights and taillights, a retuned suspension, and a new Touring trim level.

The first thing you'll notice about the 2016 Toyota Avalon's new look are its LED accents for the headlights and taillights. The front grille is also reshaped, each trim level receives updated wheels, and there is some extra chrome trim out back. On the inside, the Avalon's cabin gains slightly different accent stitching and a revised 7-inch Entune infotainment screen on XLE models and up.

The 2016 Toyota Avalon also has restructured trim levels, with the V-6 model now offering XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Limited, and Touring trims; and the hybrid available in XLE, XLE Premium, and Limited trims. Though the previous Avalon offered an XLE Touring trim, this stand-alone Avalon Touring model is new for 2016, and gets a slightly different front fascia, 18-inch dark gray wheels, and sportier suspension tuning to set it apart from the rest of the Avalon range.

There aren't any changes for the 2016 Toyota Avalon's available powertrains, which still include a 3.5-liter V-6 as standard and a gas-electric drivetrain that uses a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder on Avalon Hybrid models. We also don't expect pricing to change much from the 2015 Avalon's $33,175 starting price.

Stay tuned for more information on the refreshed 2016 Toyota Avalon as we approach its on-sale date later this fall.