2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review – Video — HybridCars.com

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When Toyota its redesigned 2013 Avalon last year, among the significant revelations was it would a hybrid version alongside the V6.

The move is part of Toyota’s effort to introduce hybridized of its various models and it was a good to do it.

Why? Because the Avalon got what is essentially the Camry powertrain. This Hybrid Drive (HSD) system had been re-worked for 2012 improved efficiency, power and

You’ve heard of trickle-down The Camry Hybrid starts $9,400 less than the Hybrid, so perhaps this is up? And, by the way, Toyota it up further too, as the Lexus ES received the same powertrain year as well.

If you’ve not Toyota dominates the hybrid market and its trademark HSD full-hybrid significantly helps a given fuel economy and emissions little, if any perceptible downside.

As for its the five-passenger 2013 Avalon was with the aid of Calty Design of Newport Beach, Calif. and Ann Mich. Toyota says is the “most American Avalon which presently is perceived as a thing.

In years past, American cars were for marginal quality. The previous Avalon exuded an Asian influence, but actually aspired to in other ways. It was always a car, but its road dynamics and the that gravitated to it caused to liken the Avalon to a Buick.

The crisp new form is designed to to 40-60 year olds – and and younger buyers can also its tauter handling to match its purposeful and flowing lines and out.

Powertrain

Instead of the Avalon’s 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, the Avalon Hybrid does with 1-liter less and two fewer cylinders to burn

Its 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four is because its 156 horsepower at 5,700 and 156 pounds-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm is by 199 pounds-feet of electric motor from 0-1,500 rpm and 141 electric at 4,500 rpm.

That’s somewhere around its power potentially coming a gas-free, and emissions-free source. The HSD system is rated at 200 horsepower. doesn’t divulge the torque and as is typical, rated horsepower is than the gas-plus-electric total the engine and motor peak at points.

The Avalon Hybrid uses two high-output electric Motor/Generator 1 (MG1) is used to the gasoline engine and generate the returned to the battery to power the Motor/Generator 2 (MG2) is primarily for electric drivetrain propulsion and braking.

And if you’re wondering, the Hybrid’s powertrain is sufficient for the which is six inches longer at inches, half an inch at 72.2 inches, but its curb is only 141 pounds more.

of drag is 0.28.

Its aerodynamic – another major variable performance – is comparable too, a coefficient of drag of 0.28 the Camry Hybrid’s 0.27.

The Hybrid has run 0-60 at around seconds or a few-tenths less. In for maybe a second-and-a-half in quickness to the six-cylinder, the hybrid boasts 40 mpg This is a huge gain the six’s 24-25 mpg combined, and the costs as little as $1,750 depending on trim. The Avalon EPA rating is also favorable other higher performance-oriented

Powering the electric motor is a nickel metal-hydride battery of 34 modules made up of a total of 204 It’s stored in the trunk and two-cubic-feet of storage compared to the V6 leaving a still-respectable 14 cubic of volume.

The NiMH battery in the in trunk and eliminates pass-through-capability rear seats.

Three modes enable the driver to the car’s degree of tameness or Skewing toward ultimate is EV mode which – assuming battery charge – allows driving up to a mile at under 25 Another fuel-saving mode, notches back throttle and the HVAC system to save

And then you have Sport activated like EV and Eco by a center button or by moving the shift to the left from Drive. mode simulates multiple in the CVT, a digital tachometer in the center display, and shift are at redline. Also, the rpms may noticeably if you shift to Sport on the as the CVT mimics a downshift.

In all, the HSD system won’t disappoint many people a well-appointed $36,000-$40,000-plus sedan still has enough get up and go.

Exterior

is quite proud of how the 2013 turned out, and has been it front and center to the media and alike.

“The point of the new is to show the market that is Back!’ It will lead the for great styling, great performance, and the highest and best of technologies,” said Randy Avalon chief engineer.

The spends a lot of adjectives in describing its and lowered stance and other of its “athletic” new sheet metal, but all the photos here, we’ll most of the descriptors and let you judge for

It is a debate between the Avalon and ES hybrid cousin as to which is

One innovation worth noting is the “industry-first Quadrabeam™ headlight which lights the way – and very we’ll add.

It consists of a design plus inner beams with two square condenser low beam lenses. A of halogen and High Intensity (HID) bulbs is available for low beams.

Also worth is the recessed front grille. remotely reminiscent of the attractive Aston-Martinesque design Ford has in its Fusion and several other

Noteworthy as well is even the were re-engineered. These units offer a turn lamp, electrical adjustment, memory positioning, a puddle available Blind Spot indicator, and electro-chromatic glass.

We did not exhaustively describe the exterior a picture says a thousand but here are five adjectives for the of the XLE Touring version we drove: spacious, airy, tasteful,

A feeling of quality is imbued as is Everything is at hands-reach, and there are strategically placed cubbies and cup adding to the comfort quotient. are three 12-volt DC power one USB and one 3.5mm AUX jack for connecting devices.

Widened this year, the instrument cluster is logically with redundant steering controls for infotainment and display to distracted driving potential.

The audio system uses a touch screen which as the back-up camera’s viewer and info and audio functions for its Entune-equipped multimedia system.

Two of climate control systems are one with three-zone independent control and another with temperature control.

LED accent illuminate the center-front mounted tray, the two cup holders, and glove

The leather-covered, electrically heated in our car were sufficiently bolstered and comfortable.

As mentioned, what caught our eye in our almond-colored interior was the contrast.

The faux wood trim, almond colored soft-touch material, and smoked trim may not have cost as much as real wood, and metal, but the care of their is evident.

Their effect for the interior scheme is an aesthetically and balanced composition of light chocolate brown, black and chrome.

Total trunk is 14 cubic feet.

Other schemes available are light which Toyota says cooler and creates a modern space; and black said to a greater sense of driving

Space for long legs is also. At six-feet-tall, with inseam, front legroom was And backseat room was enough the driver’s seat slid all the way Toyota says front is 41.6 inches and rear is inches.

It’s spacious for a car, has been compared to cars, and Toyota is actually a bid to take up some of the livery left by the now-retired Lincoln Car.

Driving It

Pressing the button starter causes a chime to alert the vehicle is Otherwise, the engine does not on unless you shift and press the or the HVAC system demands it.

Two-hundred horsepower is less the regular Avalon’s 3.5-liter six 248-horsepower and 248 pounds-feet torque, but enough to occasionally spin the wheels and engage the traction

Acceleration is smooth. Transitions gas and electric are essentially imperceptible. The works with an appliance efficiency – and while that good to some – this can be a sticking point to drivers a high-performance mindset.

Some have already said the is not especially “fun to drive” but say this all depends on what you fun.

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The Avalon Hybrid is not an poke at the expense of ultimate but it sure won’t sprint a $54,200 Infiniti M35h or one of several German performance-oriented

Its 0-60 time is acceptable, as are its to travel at all reasonable highway and on-the-go passing power. The car has no going with or beyond flow.”

While cornering its front MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar and rear dual-link suspension with bar keep body roll

It can be cornered at 85-percentile with and handles various bumps compliant damping.

That its low rolling resistance 215/55R17 Primacy MXV4 tires are not cat allowing you to push the Gs so hard the blood rushes to one side of head.

And this is where a point can be made about automotive reviewers normally imply.

Sedans like the M35h that might hold their own at a track day or strip are more “fun to because they are a blast into the red zone. They feel overqualified at more speeds, this is true.

The is not in this echelon and – perhaps as well – it does not aid and abet inner-Type A aggressiveness as some sedans seem to be able to.

It however fully meet the of people who don’t want to like the automotive equivalents of on the prowl while possibly looking behind hoping not to see red and blue lights.

Braking from the Avalon Hybrid is up to the task from its ABS-equipped, Assist (BA), regenerative Up front are 11.65-inch ventilated and in back a similar design is inches.

Toyotas are normally quiet, and a hybrid that runs on part time, the ride is hushed. On the boil, the CVT does into the cabin and can sound of blah and off-note from the car is actually doing. To a performance car accustomed to more purposeful music, it can be a bit of a cacophony.

The Sport can remedy this, as it simulates points, and holds gears on deceleration.

This will cost efficiency and if you actually do it like a sports car expect to a 8-14 mpg from its advertised 40 Maximizing efficiency with sizable sedan takes a hand in EV or Eco mode, no jack-rabbit no high-speed running – in other no “fun” as we’ve unofficially the definition to be.

Of course it’s fun to bypass the fuel pump often, and some people to make it a game to see if they can the advertised fuel economy. is possible, but care will to be taken.

Overall, the Avalon does a fine job from to Spartan. It would be a good for a multi-state driving tour, and light work of daily

Safety

Lots of safety is or available starting with 10 airbags and a lightweight body more high-tensile steel. says it sets new benchmarks for handling, and crashworthiness.

The car can be equipped two different millimeter-wave radar one being a Blind Spot which lights a side icon to warn of cars alongside in parallel. The other system is

Rear Cross Alert that warns of cross traffic behind the

Also available is Dynamic Cruise Control that a radar sensor to help speed and keep a safe from the vehicle in front.

Hybrid competition is on the rise, but wanting an upper scale mpg sedan may consider the slightly but functionally and dimensionally almost Lexus ES hybrid .

The ES 300h starts at $39,250 destination charge. The Avalon starts at $35,555. The Toyota is in three trim levels – XLE XLE Touring, and Limited. with available, and does cross Lexus price territory. cars offer the same mileage and horsepower, so depending as on choice of nameplate, buyers have to decide between a 300h or Avalon.

Another would be Lincoln’s redesigned MKZ .

A handsome car to most eyes, its 45 mpg city, highway and combined, at $35,925, and is a car Ford hopes also breath life into its upscale brand.

at this point is whether the will meet these advertised numbers. It may, but it the Fusion Hybrid’s powertrain in that car at 47 mpg, and word has it the has a hard time getting high 30s in the real world when carefully driven.


the Lincoln are others, including the Hybrid. VW Jetta Hybrid. Hybrid. Kia Optima Hybrid. and Sonata Hybrid. These are down a peg in status and panache, but all revised, and perform admirably for less outlay.

To survey all cars available, take a also at our sales Dashboard or for Avalon details, see Toyota’s Web .

And if after surveying alternatives you back to the Avalon Hybrid, would be a good choice. an enjoyable car, nicely this year, and poised to earning a solid spot in the charts in years to come.

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