2016 Toyota Avalon vs. Its Competition

2016 Toyota Avalon
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Avalon has many rivals, but none are so directly comparable as the Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse, and Hyundai Azera.

The Azera feels very refined, has an attractive design, and rides well, but it's surprisingly tight on headroom in the back seat and it's only offered with a non-hybrid V-6.

The Kia Cadenza is mechanically identical to the Azera, but it's a bit more appealing, we think, due to its trim and materials choices; its ride and handling are also a notch better.

The LaCrosse comes with a standard eAssist mild-hybrid powertrain, and it's very comfortable and quiet like the Avalon, but its EPA ratings don't come anywhere close to those of the Avalon Hybrid.

It's similar to the Chevy Impala, which adopted most of Buick's running gear and even some of its styling cues in its winning 2014 makeover.

The Ford Taurus may look like a solid rival on the outside, but its interior is a packaging disaster, somehow feeling more like a compact sedan inside; in terms of features and performance the Taurus is a contender, though, and nobody else in this class offers something quite like the MyFord Touch infotainment system.

The LaCrosse and Taurus are offered with available all-wheel drive, whereas the Avalon isn't.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Toyota Avalon gets some minor fillips as it vies again for our top rating among large sedans.
In any trim, the Buick LaCrosse is comfortable and well-appointed, but serious buyers should consider Premium versions.
The 2016 Chevrolet Impala scores big wins in styling, handling, connectivity, and safety.
The 2016 Ford Taurus is the biggest sedan in its lineup, but it's short on rear-seat room, and it's beginning to feel its age.
The 2015 Azera is the big, stylish, luxurious Hyundai for folks who don't want the Genesis's bulk or price tag.
The 2015 Kia Cadenza is no sport sedan, and not quite a luxury car, but it offers many of the features premium buyers want, excepting maybe the badge, for a solid price.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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