Excellent fuel economy. The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is one of the few large sedans that's available with a hybrid powertrain. The Avalon Hybrid features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's paired with two electric motors. Combined output for the system is 215 horsepower, and shifts are handled by a continuously variable transmission.
While the powertrain doesn't sound special, the Avalon Hybrid's EPA-estimated 43 miles per gallon city, 44 mpg highway, and 44 combined is. The Avalon Hybrid may be down on power compared to the V6-powered Avalon, but the fuel economy figures are much better, as the non-hybrid version is only rated at 22/32/26 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Stylish, expansive cabin. Despite having a more complicated powertrain, the Avalon Hybrid still has a modern interior that doesn't eat into overall space. The Avalon Hybrid has 102.2 cubic feet of passenger volume and 16.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Compared to the regular Avalon, the hybrid sacrifices just 2.1 cubic feet of passenger space.
Class-leading standard features. The Avalon Hybrid comes with a lengthy list of standard equipment. LED headlights and taillights, heated side mirrors, 17-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 9-inch touchscreen are all standard.
Safety first. Safety is another one of the Avalon Hybrid's strong suits. The regular Avalon was named a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which should carry over to the hybrid model.
The sedan also comes with Toyota Safety Sense P as standard, a suite which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, road sign assist, and automatic high beams.
Final thoughts. The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a rare vehicle, as it blends great fuel economy, a spacious interior, and an extended list of standard features together. It checks a lot of boxes for consumers looking for a large sedan, but also happens to bring a lot of things that some may not be looking for.
There's little to complain about with the Avalon Hybrid, but the sedan's front end has a polarizing design that could turn some away. A lack of options could also be seen as a negative for consumers that want to get into their perfect version of a Avalon Hybrid.
The Avalon Hybrid doesn't face a lot of competition, as it's a unique vehicle that's at the top of its class. The Lexus ES Hybrid is a more luxurious machine with even more standard equipment and similar fuel economy, but it's more expensive. If you're willing to sacrifice on interior space, the Toyota Camry Hybrid can get 52 mpg combined and is more affordable.
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