2016 Toyota Avalon Debuts in Chicago

CHICAGO (Detroit Free Press/TNS) —
Toyota Avalon (Toyota)
Toyota Avalon (Toyota)

The tried-and-true Toyota Avalon full-size sedan gets an upgrade for the 2016 model year.

The 2016 Avalon had its global debut at the Chicago Auto Show, where Toyota also showed for the first time sporty special editions of the Camry and Corolla.

All three go on sale this fall.

The Avalon is in its fourth generation, with the current version introduced in 2012. There are five available trim levels for those who want a V-6 engine and three trim choices for those who want a hybrid.

For the 2016 model, there are two unique suspensions: one is tuned for comfort (the Avalon attracts an older buyer) and the other is more dynamic as Toyota tries to woo a younger demographic.

Designers also tweaked the grille and added some accents to freshen the look. There is more standard equipment on the top trim levels.

The Camry Special Edition has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Production will be limited to about 12,000 units.

The Corolla Special Edition will be limited to 8,000.

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