Being a proud native of Detroit, I can absolutely say that if we know anything, we know MUSIC and CARS. Growing up, my driving experience has always been filled with music from Gospel sounds to Motown top tunes and all the Hip Hop and R&B in between. So it’s only fitting that grabbed the keys, tuned into SiriusXM’s Soul Town and headed straight for the famed Motown Mansion in Detroit.
February is Black History Month and it’s also a month to celebrate love and your love of music – so it’s the perfect time to share my love of the all new 2016 Toyota Avalon with Entune!
The moment you set foot inside the 2016 Toyota Avalon, you see why the Avalon’s luxuriously spacious cabin makes it a standout in the segment. But did you know that it’s one of the roomiest rides in the entire midsize category? A plush, hushed cabin has been an Avalon calling card since the model debuted more than 20 years ago. The Avalon XLE grade includes as standard, medium-grain leather seating, an 8-way power driver’s seat and 4-way power front passenger seat, both with multi-stage heating standard.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel conveniently puts every necessary control at the driver’s fingertips, including Entune Audio, cruise control, information display and hands-free phone function.
One of the biggest surprises during my time with the 2016 Toyota Avalon was the audio experience compliments of Entune. The Avalon’s quietude sets the ideal soundstage for any of the three available audio systems: standard 8-speaker Entune Audio Plus; available 9-speaker Entune Premium Audio with in-car Navigation and App Suite, or the available Entune Premium JBL Audio with Navigation and App Suite and 11 JBL GreenEdge speakers.
The 8-speaker Entune Audio Plus system with 7-inch touch-screen display is equipped with AM/FM CD player, SiriusXM Radio with 3-month complimentary trial, HD Radio and HD Radio traffic and weather in major metro areas. It comes ready to connect with the Entune Multimedia Bundle, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control, advanced voice recognition, plus Bluetooth for hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming.
The Limited amps up the premium look with new super chrome alloy wheels – 17-in. on the Hybrid and 18-in. for the gas model.
But the Limited’s biggest news for 2016 is the debut of the optional Toyota Safety Sense-P system that includes an array of driver-assist technologies: Automatic High Beam headlights, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.