2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview

The Avalon Hybrid arrived with the model’s most recent redesign in 2013. The Avalon exchanged a slightly smaller trunk and modest performance deficit to become one of the most efficient large sedans on the market. It carries into an abbreviated 2018 model year with few changes, in anticipation of a full 2019 redesign.

The Avalon Hybrid, despite nearly seven calendar years on the market, has aged well. The grinning grille and arching roofline fit into contemporary styling preferences. Inside, the asymmetrical dashboard layout, swaths of stitched upholstery, matte wood, and chrome appliques evoke a sense of zen. The big Toyota looks both modern and distinguished.

Power for the hybrid comes from Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive package, a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine and electric motor, mated together by a planetary gearset and a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT). This setup is good for 215 horsepower. As is to be expected, this hybrid delivers 43 mpg city and 43 highway.

Toyota offers the Avalon Hybrid across three trims, XLE, XSE, and Limited. SofTex seats, 17-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate controls, and a 9-inch infotainment display are all standard on XLE. The XSE adds a genuine leather steering wheel, aluminum pedal covers, and a auto-dimming rearview mirror. Lastly, Limited comes decked-out with adaptive LED headlights, premium perforated leather, JBL audio, and a power rear sunshade.

Safety has long been a Toyota hallmark, and the Avalon Hybrid is no exception. A reversing camera and the Safety Sense suite of technologies is standard equipment on all trims. It includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Avalon scored a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Toyota’s high-efficiency mode of conveyance is sharper, swankier, and safer than ever before.

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