Drive On: Bamboozled by a Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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Drive On: Bamboozled by a Toyota Hybrid

Toyota’s 2013 Hybrid sets the styling for future models. (Photo:

It finally happened: We mistook a for a regular car, thought the was shut off when it actually was on, and away embarrassed.

It could been worse. The experience in a Toyota Avalon Hybrid one of the problems that continue to dog the gas Since they run on a mix of silent power and gas-engine power, it always entirely clear they are running or are shut It remains easy to walk from a hybrid that a thought he or she had turned off but in fact was activated. Dangerous? Well, No one would ever walk from a vehicle with the running. In a hybrid, there are no signals, like a big green that blare your car is It’s supposed to be obvious, and it is to drivers more astute us.

We borrowed the Avalon Hybrid for a earlier this month it’s a fairly significant new that we needed to know about. The full-size sedan not only equipped with list of features, but breakthrough that are expected to show up in models.

It was the first Toyota hybrid driven in a while. The trouble a few hours after the car was dropped off at our bureau and after we had taken a trip in it. When we went out to home, it appeared the headlights had left on.

Uh-oh, we thought. it have a dead battery? We the start button and got nothing than few dashboard lights, or what would expect a car with a nearly dead The engine wouldn’t turn We tried again. And again. we called the service that off the car and talked to the very helpful a fellow named Jared. As we explaining how we’d killed the in the Avalon Hybrid, the engine jumped to life — while we sitting in the passenger seat. Our impulse was that the car had had a big malfunction, a we shared with Jared. our

next impulse was this was a car a mind of its own, a hybrid. It had running all along — in battery

Our confusion aside, the Avalon is an impressive performer. We drove it than 1,000 miles and got 40 miles a gallon. Yet the engine was and full of power when In fact, we went the first 556 on a single tank of gas. We got kind of gas mileage mostly on the but with a good share of driving as well.

It’s a comfortable car. The Avalon we out was decked out with every that Toyota could on — rain-sensing wipers, power window sunshade, spotlights the doors to help you see where you are in the darkness, heated rear and a really handy adaptive control feature. It felt upscale, but clearly drew the apart from luxury, Toyota was careful not to let it step the line into Lexus

The price of the test car certainly had a feel, though: $41,400 for the Limited before delivery Will the gas savings help the added price? Yes, it could take awhile. we ever figure out that a is not a normal car? Give us

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