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Buying an Avalon


So I am looking at a couple Avalons to purchase. I have been driving my Corolla for 6 years and want more room. The two I am looking at are a 2015 and a 2016. Anything I should be aware of or look closely at? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Just the pricing, I've seen used Avalons priced up where new ones can be had with discounts/rebates.


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It's pretty much the same car. Maybe some items that were only optional equipment one year will be standard the next year on some models. The thing to be aware of is trim levels. There's the XLE and the XLE premium (the big difference is built in nav but there are other trinkets), 15 there was the 'XLE Touring and XLE Touring Sport but in '15 the Sport was dropped and then there's the Limited with or without the tech package. Each level adds things so look closely as the brochures for each year to determine what you want/need. Some models come with 17 inch wheels that some prefer for a more compliant ride, others with 18 inch and a revised suspension that makes for a more sporty ride. The '16 reportedly has a softer suspension though I'm not sure that applies to all models. Bottom line, drive them both, look carefully at the equipment vs your needs then buy the one that fits.

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It's pretty much the same car. Maybe some items that were only optional equipment one year will be standard the next year on some models. The thing to be aware of is trim levels. There's the XLE and the XLE premium (the big difference is built in nav but there are other trinkets), 15 there was the 'XLE Touring and XLE Touring Sport but in '15 the Sport was dropped and then there's the Limited with or without the tech package. Each level adds things so look closely as the brochures for each year to determine what you want/need. Some models come with 17 inch wheels that some prefer for a more compliant ride, others with 18 inch and a revised suspension that makes for a more sporty ride. The '16 reportedly has a softer suspension though I'm not sure that applies to all models. Bottom line, drive them both, look carefully at the equipment vs your needs then buy the one that fits.

Cheers!

As discussed above the different models of trim are the difference. Figure out the equipment packages. My recommendations are to get the TECH package and the limited. The two features are the DRCC dynamic radar cruise control and the ventilated seats. Some complain that the seats are hard but that's not across the board. Larger and more tender souls have upgraded the padding in the seats and have found relief. If you are getting a later year you are getting a good discount on a fine car. The other plus of limited is the more standard options and the minor upgrades of the limited which in '14 was the stereo and the rear curtain. The 17 inch wheels are a plus for me but they came that way with my hybrid. they are available in 17 or 18 and you can negotiate them.


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So I am looking at a couple Avalons to purchase. I have been driving my Corolla for 6 years and want more room. The two I am looking at are a 2015 and a 2016. Anything I should be aware of or look closely at? Thanks for any help you can provide.

2016 had a facelift, which would be the only cosmetic difference

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Oh I like Avalons, they are beautiful. I am waiting for mine! 3.5 L, 6-CYLINDER, PETRO, VVT-I, 274 HP 6 -Speed Automatic 17 Alloy Wheels I live in Canada and used to ask customs brokers help to ship the car from the USA via

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... , it's better to buy cars from american dealerships rather canadian.