So how does a car this big get 40 mpg on the highway? And 39 city? Well, it’s a hybrid for one. And it’s built by Toyota, the world leader in hybrid technology. But still. It’s very impressive for a car this size and the new Avalon Hybrid is remarkably quick and stylish, too. This is definitely not your grandmother’s Avalon.
2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Specifications:
|Engine:||Hybrid engine: 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve Dual VVT-i; EV 34, ECO and Sport Modes.|
|0 to 60 mph:||8.4 seconds.|
|Top Speed:||117 mph.|
|Curb Weight:||3,676 lbs.|
|Fuel-economy (city/highway):||40/39 mpg.|
The Avalon is all-new for 2013, and is by far the most stylish and efficient Avalon to date. The new design combines sleek, curvy look that shows Toyota wants to shrug off some of the more conservative designs of the past. The Avalon is 195 inches long and 72 inches wide, which makes it about six inches longer and one inch wider than the Camry. Our test car was painted a stunning Magnetic Gray, which looked great in the Seattle sunshine.
The Avalon hybrid is available in several trim levels. The XLE Premium comes with a host of standard features including 17 inch alloy wheels, leather seats, an eight-way power driver seat and power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade. The XLE Touring adds navigation, foglights and driver seat and side mirror memory functions. Our test car was a loaded Limited, with all the bells and whistles, including HID Quadrabeam headlights, LED daytime running lights, auto-dimming power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, and rain-sensing washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers.
The stylish, modern look extends to the interior, with an innovative dash design that seems to almost float in space. Ergonomics first rate and outward visibility is excellent. There is a large center console with abundant storage options.
Front and center is a 7 inch high-resolution touch-screen with split-screen capability. From here you can control the navigation system, SiriusXM Radio, select a CD or manage a device attached via the USB port. This touch-screen also pulls up the backup camera when necessary, which is very useful with such a large car. The 11 speaker JBL sound system sounds fantastic, especially with deep bass provided by the subwoofer.
Front seats are very supportive and trimmed in perforated leather. The driver gets an 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support and power cushion extension. The front passenger is treated to a 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. As you might imagine, back seat legroom is incredible. The seats are heated front and rear. Finally, there is abundant trunk space in the Avalon hybrid–14 cubic feet–though it does give up 2 cubic feet to the conventional Avalon to make room for the hybrid’s battery pack.
The Avalon Hybrid is powered by a 156 horsepower 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve engine paired with an electric motor and mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT). There are both Eco and Sport modes. You can also shift into an EV only mode, which will allow you to travel up to 20 mph on pure electric power. In daily driving the car actually feels pretty quick, especially for a car this size–and especially for a hybrid. And as mentioned in the beginning of the review, the gas mileage is truly remarkable: 40 highway and 39 city. With its 17 gallon tank, it should be able to go well over 600 miles between fill ups.
The Avalon is loaded with safety features, including stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes. It has 10 airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert. There is also an optional adaptive cruise control system with pre-collision warning.
Our test car had a sticker price of $$44,458, which included the $1,750 Technology Package, the $200 Wireless Charging Capability, $29 First Aid Kit, the $225 Carpet Floor Mats/Trunk Mat, the $59 Emergency Assistance Kit and the $795 destination charge. This is a fairly large chunk of change for a car that still bears the Toyota nameplate (in fact, it is priced very close to the 2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid), but this is a very well-equipped luxury car that will save you quite a bit on fuel costs down the line ($4,850 saved in fuel costs over 5 years compared to the average new vehicle). The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is definitely worth a test drive if you are looking for an efficient luxury car.