Driving.ca Review: 2016 Toyota Avalon Limited

If the fact I remember a time growing up when driveways in my neighbourhood were chockablock with full-sized sedans and station wagons puts me in an age group closer to one receiving senior discounts, so be it. I bring this up not to reminisce but to acknowledge that those times have long passed — full-sized cars are now such a minuscule part of Canada’s passenger car market as to be almost irrelevant; something like three per cent of sales if you go by the sales tracking web site goodcarbadcar.net, and about one per cent of the new-vehicle market overall.

Nonetheless, it is an interesting segment, dominated by players from the Detroit Three — Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse, Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger — as well as the Asian companies — Kia (Cadenza), Hyundai (Genesis), Nissan (Maxima) and the focus here, Toyota and its Avalon.

While my age might put me in the demographic for these fully featured – though not quite luxury – rides, my inclination does not, though the high-performance versions from Detroit at least prove intriguing.

Read the full review here: driving.ca