Drive On: Bamboozled by a Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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Drive On: Bamboozled by a Toyota Hybrid

Toyota#39;s 2013 Hybrid sets the styling for future models. (Photo:


It finally We mistook a hybrid for a regular thought the powerplant was shut off it actually was on, and came away

It could have been The experience in a 2013 Toyota Hybrid underscores one of the problems continue to dog the gas savers: Since run on a mix of silent battery power and power, it isn’t always clear when they are or are shut off. It remains to walk away from a that a driver thought he or she had off but in fact was still activated.

Dangerous? Well, yeah. No one ever walk away a vehicle with the motor In a hybrid, there are no clear like a big green light, blare your car is running.

It’s supposed to be obvious, and it is to drivers more astute us.

We borrowed the Avalon Hybrid for a earlier this month it’s a fairly significant new that we needed to know about. The full-size sedan not only equipped with list of features, but breakthrough that are expected to show up in models.

It was the first Toyota we’ve driven in a while. The began a few hours after the car was off at our news bureau and after we had a short trip in it. When we out to drive home, it appeared the had been left on.

Uh-oh, we thought. Could it a … battery? We pushed the button and got nothing more few dashboard lights, or just would expect from a car a nearly … battery. The wouldn’t turn over.

We again. And again. Finally, we the service that dropped off the car and to the very helpful boss, a named Jared. As we were how we’d … the battery in the Hybrid, the engine suddenly to life — while we were in the passenger seat. Our first was that the car had had a big malfunction, a thought we with Jared.

Then our next impulse was was a car with a mind of its own, a It had been running all along — in mode.

Our confusion aside, the Hybrid is an impressive performer. We it more than 1,000 and got around 40 miles a gallon. Yet the was silky and full of power needed.

In fact, we went the first 556 on a single tank of gas. We got kind of gas mileage mostly on the but with a good share of driving as well.

It’s a comfortable car. The Avalon we out was decked out with every that Toyota could on — rain-sensing wipers, power window sunshade, spotlights the doors to help you see where you are in the darkness, heated rear and a really handy adaptive control feature. It felt upscale, but clearly drew the apart from luxury, Toyota was careful not to let it step the line into Lexus

The price of the test car certainly had a feel, though: $41,400 for the Limited before delivery Will the gas savings help the added price? Yes, it could take awhile.

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