The full-size Avalon Hybrid is Toyota’s flagship, offering edgy styling, premium comfort, and outstanding efficiency. Extra attention to sound dampening, combined with the generally quiet nature of hybrids, makes the cabin a serene place to be, even at freeway speeds. The Avalon could give many pricier rivals a serious run for their money.
What's New for 2017
Toyota has added its Safety Sense package to the complete Avalon lineup for 2017, which contains a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane departure alert with steering assist.
Choosing Your Toyota Avalon Hybrid
At the heart of the vehicle is the Hybrid Synergy Drive, which combines an efficient Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine and a high-torque electric motor. The two work in concert to propel the Avalon with definite vigour while still returning an eye-popping 40 mpg combined fuel economy. The Avalon will go an astounding 700 miles on one 17-gallon tank of gas.
A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters has three selectable driving modes: eco for even greater fuel efficiency, EV for full-electric driving for short distances at speeds under 20 mph, and sport for greater steering feel and quicker throttle response.
Even with the batteries required for hybrid system, the Avalon has 14 cubic feet of trunk space, only two less than the gasoline models.
The designers of the Avalon Hybrid have given every thought to the comfort of its occupants. The interior is well-appointed, refined, and relaxing. It’s not a luxury vehicle, but it exudes an overarching sense of quality.
The Avalon Hybrid is offered in three different trim levels.
The price difference between the XLE Plus and XLE Premium is $1,350. The upgraded interior conveniences alone are well worth the price. The safety features are a welcome bonus.
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