- Full-size sedan with plenty of room and features
- Good crash test ratings
- Excellent fuel economy (40/39 mpg)
When Toyota redesigned the Avalon last year, it also added a new variant of the full size sedan to its lineup that was bolstered by a hybrid drivetrain that gives it unmatched fuel economy in the full size segment. The 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid returns with a few added standard features for the new model year.
From the outside, the Avalon Hybrid is virtually indistinguishable from its gas-only counterpart, save for unique wheels and some blue tinting on the badges. 17-inch alloy wheels come standard with larger 18-inch cogs optional. Heated side mirrors, LED taillights, and dual exhaust tips are standard. There is also plenty of optional exterior equipment, including a power moonroof, LED daytime running lights, HID headlights, and automatic windshield wipers than can detect rain.
Toyota has arguably the most experience of any automaker with hybrid drivetrains and all of that is brought to bear on the Avalon Hybrid. It features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 200 total horsepower. There are three driving modes: Eco, Sport, and EV which keeps the car on battery power alone for as long as possible. Fuel economy ratings are sky high for a car of this size, 40/39 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Avalon offers plenty of room for passengers front and rear, as well as one of the most well-appointed cabins to be found in a non-luxury car. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start. A navigation system is optional, as is Toyota’s Entune infotainment system which is powered by your smart phone and comes with its own apps.
The 2014 Avalon Hybrid performed well on crash tests, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. 10 airbags are standard, along with a rearview camera in addition to the federally mandated antilock brakes and electronic stability control. Plenty of safety technology is also available, including a forward pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, and a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alerts.