This is not a once-over touch-up. For a midcycle change, Toyota made some suspension tweaks to improve the large sedan’s ride, and adds optional safety gear.

Toyota has rectified the current Avalon’s main shortcoming: a stiff, unbecoming ride. The upgrade delivers compliant—but not floaty—passage that befits a near-luxury sedan and long-distance cruiser.

Though more at home on flat highways than curvy back roads, the Avalon still demonstrates safe, secure handling.

Toyota also made forward-collision prevention systems available, but only on the top Limited trim. Toyota says the feature will be standard across the line by the end of 2017.

Other Avalon traits remain unsullied. The V6 engine has no shortage of power, and the six-speed automatic delivers smooth, timely gear changes. That combination provides an impressive 24 mpg overall. The hybrid version returns 36 mpg, sacrificing some acceleration and trunk space.

The Avalon’s interior is roomy and well-appointed, but neither a power-adjustable steering column nor a heated steering wheel is available. The Avalon will probably deliver years of headache-free ownership—now with the ride comfort owners have come to expect from a car of this ilk.

HIGHS: Ride, quietness, acceleration, fuel economy, rear-seat room
LOWS: Agility, daytime running lights too easy to cancel
POWERTRAIN: 268-hp, 3.5-liter V6; six-speed automatic; front-wheel drive
FUEL: 24 mpg
PRICE: $33,485-$42,785

Read our complete Toyota Avalon road test and see our reviews of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Kia Optima.

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the June 2016 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.