1996 Toyota Avalon

  • 1996 Toyota Avalon XL Sedan

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  • 1996 Toyota Avalon XLS Sedan

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1996 Toyota Avalon Review

A boring but practical sedan.

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The 1996 Toyota Avalon is a full-size sedan that offers a good amount of equipment and solid performance for the money. There is nothing about it that particularly stands out compared to the competition, but it is a good value with Toyota reliability built into it. While it might not be the flashiest vehicle on the market, there are not very many vehicles with the same overall quality across the board in the same price range. It comes in two fairly distinct varieties and the XL is a typical midrange vehicle with all standard passenger vehicle equipment. The XLS, on the other hand, starts to push into near-luxury territory with its wide range of luxury features.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Avalon XL, Toyota Avalon XLS

What's New

The 1996 Toyota Avalon is identical to the previous year’s model.


The 1996 Toyota Avalon is a large four-door sedan that measures 190.2 inches in total length. The design is conservative with a blocky, angular design that looks a little out of place alongside the more modernized models in the Toyota lineup. Special factory paint is available as an optional feature.


The 1996 Toyota Avalon offers a good variety of standard features. The XL offers lighted entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as standard equipment. The XLS offers more luxurious equipment such as leather seating, power seats, keyless entry, leather trim, and automatic climate control as standard features. The interior is relatively roomy compared with other sedans and the rear seating is quite comfortable. The front seats are also comfortable and ergonomically designed. High-quality materials are used throughout.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Toyota Avalon has good overall performance. The 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine on both the XL and the XLS provides an impressive 192 horsepower (hp) of output at 5200 rpm. It can accelerate surprisingly quickly given its conservative appearance. The turning and handling is pretty average for a vehicle of this length.


The 1996 Toyota Avalon is equipped with dual-front airbags as standard equipment. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard equipment on the XLS. Crash test results have produced some mixed results. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the passenger side a five-star rating after performing safety tests and the driver side four stars. However, the International Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) gave a ""marginal"" rating after frontal crash tests. Toyota has a history of safe vehicles, but there may be some weak spots when it comes to the Avalon.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Avalon: 18/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Reliable
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • Boring design

Sum Up

A boring but practical sedan.

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