Gas 2 | Bridging the gap between green heads and gear heads.

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Toyota Avalon

Driving 500 Miles in the 2014 Avalon Hybrid

The last I drove a Toyota Camry was back in June, and I ended up on the side of the road in Texas- was it the ‘s fault, or was it my third Whataburger. I out to Toyota after my return to in order to give them a at complete vindication- but Toyota have a Camry Hybrid in its fleet to offer me. What did have for, however, was a Toyota Avalon Hybrid, uses the same Hybrid Drive as the Camry … would I be in driving the Avalon?


When I first experienced the Avalon during the 2013 Auto Show. I was blown by how nice the car was. The ride was and quiet, the interior fit and finish was and the tactile qualities of the brushed controls were just I mean, just look at how it is in there …

… what you can’t from the photos is that the controls for audio, HVAC, are pressure-sensitive sections under a of machined metal (feels aluminum, maybe). All the buttons the same, they’re laid out and they make anything you’ve ever been in cheap- and, lest you that’s an exaggeration, I offer the actual conversation I had in the Avalon as

Wife: How much is this

Me: How much do you think it is?

Wife: How is Mike’s car? (A 2009 S550)

Me: The sticker on his car was $97,000. in his glovebox.

Wife: Oh. This car nicer than that, but less right? Because a Toyota? I like this more. Is it expensive?

Me: What’s

Wife: Like, $60,000?


Toyota Avalon

When a mainstream can build an interior that the inside of Mercedes’ flagship mediocre- and at half the price!- gotta think they a winner.

Gone, too, is the “battery found in other carmakers’ sedans. The Toyota Avalon trunk is plenty roomy, and the awkward shapes and bumps in, say, my 2009 Chevy Hybrid. Take a look in the trunk …

… and all you see is flat, level

Beyond the quality, high-end of the materials and general roominess to be in the Toyota Avalon Hybrid’s however, is the mileage. It’s staggering that car that’s big and this nice and this highway capable hits the MPG the Avalon does. I drove my Avalon from Chicago to for the 2013 PRI show on a -3 degree I left super-early, too, I was planning on making good Despite carrying just as much speed as I felt with in the extreme cold, nearly 500 miles of driving I got this …

… 35.4 MPG. That’s 35 MPG in a full-size luxury car with as much horsepower as my old ’87 Ford 5.0 (200 hp in the Avalon, 205 hp in the 5.0 V8 Mustang, in you were curious), and about the MPG as you’d get in a Chevy Aveo A bit better, in fact. and I think my were hurt by the extreme and the fact that I started off legs of the round trip a nearly flat battery (EV not available, battery bars in the

So, yeah- how can you say anything bad about a car has more than enough more than enough more than enough all the goodies, and doesn’t stand out in a I mean, I guess you could say you want a car that stands out in a but I’d accuse you of being too young to why that was a bad idea and follow up with a question about insurance rates and points on license, you know?

You know, and that’s why you want a new Avalon Hybrid. If you think you something more than you’re probably terrible.

Toyota Avalon
Toyota Avalon


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