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Straying a Bit Beyond Its Own Comfort

Because the Avalon has been so in its skin, I’ve always it. But Toyota, spurred by its racecar-driving Akio Toyoda, is tired of a synonym for beige and boring. So the Avalon finds itself the avatar of a purportedly new — more and design-driven — Toyota.


By auto standards, the resulting Avalon is revolutionary. But by Toyota standards, the Avalon does represent an on modern territory, a dowager onto the electronica dance This more Americanized was conceived in Toyota’s Calty studios in Newport Beach, and Ann Arbor, Mich. and engineered at the Michigan technical center.

There’s just one issue. If ready to splurge on a roomier, alternative to a Camry, Toyota’s family car, you may as well decisively for the 40-m.p.g. Avalon or the higher-end Touring or Limited Those versions start $36,000, with the Hybrid’s price ranging from to $42,195.

These smartly models can cost roughly as as the Lexus ES 350 from Toyota’s division, which starts at both cars share the Camry platform and the gas version’s 3.5-liter V-6. But the Avalon handles better than the

In contrast, the Avalon XLE Premium I which starts at $33,990, something of a cheap taste in my (The base XLE is priced at about $2,000 less last year’s entry Those versions may interest who want to maximize interior without spending a fortune and are to forgo features like a navigation system, a powerful system, a driver’s memory or rain-sensing wipers.

In fact, for type of large and unhurried — and specifically a Toyota — the Hybrid the smarter play.

The first-ever Avalon Hybrid the Camry Hybrid’s 2.5-liter engine and two electric motor-generators; one is by the gas engine to produce electricity and the 245-volt battery, and the second, motor helps propel the With the 156-horsepower piston this latest Hybrid Drive system — quieter and than before — produces a 200 horses.

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At 40 m.p.g. in town and 39 on the the Hybrid’s federal ratings the 21/31 m.p.g. tally of models. In real-world testing, and slogs through Manhattan the Hybrid showed me 36 m.p.g. all, a remarkable 50 percent over the 24 m.p.g. of the standard gas

Better yet, the Avalon carries the smallest price over equivalent gas-only among Toyota’s models — $1,750 extra for the XLE Touring and Limited Hybrid versions, or for the XLE Premium Hybrid.

At today’s prices, the Avalon Hybrid save 15,000-mile-a-year drivers a year in fuel costs with the gas-only model, back the $1,750 option in less than two years. a shorter payback period any hybrid I’ve tested. this Hybrid 90,000 and the savings will total $4,000.

Because of the placement of its nickel-metal-hydride the Hybrid loses two cubic of trunk space compared the gas-only Avalon, but at 14 cubic the hold is still roomy for family duties. Its 0-60 acceleration time of roughly 8 is about 1.5 seconds slower the 268-horsepower V-6 model, but more adequate for big-sedan duty.

by refined, handsome rivals the front-drive Buick LaCrosse and Azera or the rear-drive Chrysler 300 and Genesis, the Avalon finally some style and finesse of its

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