Consumer Reviews Summary
33 of 36 (91%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview
In addition to a complete redesign, the Avalon adds a brand new, more efficient relative in the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.
The Avalon Hybrid, like most hybrid versions of more conventionally powered cars, shares much of its DNA with the regular car but with some extreme modifications under the hood to boost fuel economy to heights that the gas-only vehicle can’t reach. In the case of the Avalon Hybrid, this is especially true as far as exterior styling is concerned; it looks mostly identical to the redesigned Avalon, with a modern design that features a huge front air dam and sleeker lines than the old model. An attractive Avalon? No longer an oxymoron. The only distinguishing characteristics are blue tinting on the badges as well as unique 17-inch wheels.
Under the hood, the Avalon Hybrid features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine instead of the V-6 in the normal car. It is mated to a two-speed CVT and works with a pair of electric motor/generators to produce a combined output of 200-horsepower. The Avalon Hybrid also offers three driving modes: Eco, Sport, and EV, which tries to keep the car in all-electric mode for up to a mile, depending on how much juice is in the batteries.
Fuel economy ratings check in at an impressive 40/39 mpg city/highway, very high for a full size car. For comparison, the Avalon (no slouch in its own right) gets 21/31 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the 2013 Avalon Hybrid is almost a quasi-luxury car thanks to its new interior styling and emphasis on technology. On the center console, in addition to traditional knobs and switches there are IntelliTouch controls, which are capacitive buttons that only require a swipe of the finger to activate. The Avalon Hybrid is also very well equipped with tri-zone climate control, a hard-drive based navigation system, HD radio, USB/iPod port, Entune, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror all standard.
Also expanding for 2013 is the list of available safety technologies, which pretty much all come standard on the Avalon Hybrid. Enjoy ten airbags, traction control, antilock brakes, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and a backup camera on every Avalon Hybrid.
If you’re looking for full-size sedan comfort and convenience, to go with full-size mpg figures, then the 2013 Avalon Hybrid is the car for you.