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Test Drive: 2013 Avalon Hybrid

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I’m referring to its hard-to-believe 40 mpg combined economy rating, tops large sedans.

The Avalon is powered by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder of Toyota’s well-sorted Hybrid Drive. Shared with the Hybrid and Lexus ES350h, more powerful than the used by the Prius family and than the Highlander Hybrid’s.

The output of gas and electric motors is 200 hp not exactly sporting, but far from especially in light of the upside. the course of the week that I had it, the Hybrid returned exactly 40 mpg less than optimal conditions.

Current EPA ratings have to be far from dependable, especially it comes to hybrid cars, but one seems spot on.

And there’s

Even though it uses an nickel metal hydride instead of one of the smaller, supposedly lithium-ion packs popular Toyota managed to package it in a way retains not only a sizeable but also enough room for a tire.


The airy passenger is similarly uncluttered, and features an amount of rear legroom and no hump in the floor. Unless you shorts and a tank top to your job at the your knees will meet the seatback in front of This is surely the main New York City’s streets to be inundated with Avalon and not Ford Taurii doing duty these days, the available rear sunshade doesn’t hurt.

It’s all tucked inside a sharp, slinky body got just the right amount of lines and chrome to create an impression like nothing in Toyota showrooms. If the Camry this good, it’d be the car in America.

Oh, right.

The Avalon isn’t destined to be that; sedans aren’t exactly in these days and its starting of $36,365 is five grand the average price paid for a new car and more than a Camry

However, not even taking account that it gets 1 mpg less than its smaller, stylish Camry sibling, the Hybrid comes with a higher level of refinement, a ride and an interior atmosphere plays on the heartstrings of its relatively target audience.

The cabin is straight out of 1980’s-era Star My test car was slathered in swoopy of light grey leather, silver trim and just wood to make me homesick for all of it surrounding a dazzling “Optitron” cluster and massive central that had me saying “make it so” out to myself more times I care to admit. If George or LeVar Burton doesn’t buy one of it will be a national tragedy.

Aside from two gigantic to adjust the volume and change (as it should be well beyond the Century, please) all other are handled by a touch sensitive and pads. This sort of tech is known to be clunky, and slow, but the Avalon’s does a thing: It works.

Press a pad and it stuff happen, just the button it replaced. The same for the screen, which reacts delay. Even the virtual for the fan speed lets your do the walking and follows it like an puppy.

Note to pretty much other automaker’s electronics you are out of excuses.

Toyota Avalon

If fuel economy is near the top of your priorities the Avalon Hybrid makes a strong case for itself its full-size competitors, including the new Impala and Kia Cadenza.

If not, you can go for the V6-powered Avalon, which a few thousand less than the but trades 16 mpg for 68 extra horsepower. hilariously fast, but not amazing.

As far as cars go, the Avalon Hybrid of is.

2013 Toyota Avalon

Base Price: $36,365

5-passenger, 4-door sedan

2.5-liter four-cylinder and permanent AC synchronous electric motor

200 hp combined

Transmission: CVT automatic

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