Review: 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – San Jose Mercury News

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Review: 2013 Toyota Hybrid

Move over, Camry. It’s time for other sizable sedan, the to get some well-deserved attention.

revamped with a stylish and new features, the five-door Avalon now has an impressive, fuel-sipping, gasoline-electric model.

Not only does the Hybrid provide comfortable for five, with a roomy seat, the new hybrid is rated by the government at 40 miles per gallon in driving and 39 mpg on the highway — the of any Avalon ever.

These are not unattainable. In regular, not-trying-to-squeeze-every-drop-of-gasoline the test 2013 Avalon registered no lower than mpg and reached 37.1 mpg in combined travel.

Also noteworthy: The Avalon overall is listed as a buy of Consumer Reports magazine, says predicted reliability be above average.

The Avalon starting retail price as high as many consumers assume, given all the standard

Starting manufacturer’s suggested price, including destination is $36,365 for the base, 2013 Hybrid, which is $3,360 than the base, non-hybrid, Avalon.

But note that the Avalon Hybrid has XLE Premium that includes standard appointments such as power leather-trimmed seats, heated and front seats, rearview dual-zone automatic climate eight-speaker audio system, display screen, Bluetooth phone controls, push-button keyless remote entry and steering wheel plus 10

Then, there’s the fuel comparison. The non-hybrid, 2013 which has a 268-horsepower V-6, is by the federal government at 21/31 which is 19 mpg less in city and 8 miles less per gallon in driving than the Avalon

Still, the Avalon Hybrid is than some other hybrid sedans that have as much standard and aren’t quite as large in

As an example, the 2014 Ford Hybrid S has a starting MSRP, destination charge of $26,995. model does not have a or leather-covered seats or eight speakers, among other

But the 2014 Fusion Hybrid have a higher federal fuel economy rating the Avalon Hybrid does: 47 mpg in city and highway travel.

the 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid, is shorter in length and height the Avalon Hybrid, has a starting price of $26,700 and federal fuel economy rating of mpg.

U.S. Avalon this year through were on the upswing by 134 percent, 43,040. Camry sales so far year were holding

The test Avalon Hybrid, a XLE Touring model, looked with new, expressive and the kind of expressive body on the sides that could come from a Hyundai

Overall, the car was attractively proportioned, though the sizable rear shelf would sometimes and reflect the sun’s rays and from rearward visibility via the rearview mirror.

A sunshine-splashed also sometimes made it to see items shown on the sizable screen atop the middle of the dashboard.

Still, the interior was a surprise, with controls and well arranged and an expansive in both front and back and a lot of seat travel available for the seats.

Stretching 16.2 in length, the Avalon Hybrid 42.1 inches of legroom in the seat and 39.2 inches for passengers. This is more that inside a Camry which is slightly smaller an Avalon and uses much the hybrid system.

But room-wise, the Avalon Hybrid’s which provides a commendable 14 feet of cargo space, is

Yes, this is less the non-hybrid Avalon’s 16-cubic-foot

But hybrids have smaller because the hybrid’s battery for storing electric power typically is under and/or the back seats.

So, the Avalon flat-floored, 14 cubic feet is way than the 10.8 cubic in Optima Hybrid’s trunk and the 12 feet in the Fusion Hybrid.

space and comfort, Toyota made sure to make the ride firmer than to provide a more dynamic experience, even in the hybrid.

The car didn’t handle like a floating, big sedan. Rather, the felt a palpable connection to the and body motions were controlled than ever. The of this more-taut ride is can notice sounds and some from road bumps, recessed manhole covers.

And steering still felt a bit

Like its non-hybrid version, the Hybrid uses regular gasoline, and the travel range fillups can be impressive. The tester, for had a 600-mile-plus range, which the $64 bill at the gasoline station.

true that the hybrid’s 2.5-liter, double overhead cam cylinder can sound buzzy and during hard accelerations. peaks at 156 foot-pounds at 4,500 and with the two electric motors in, total horsepower is 200.

But all the time during the test driver and passengers couldn’t by sound or feel when was all from the engine or all electric or a

Power came on smoothly and and was managed by a continuously variable that the driver operated an automatic.

What passengers did was how quiet the Avalon Hybrid be in city traffic as silent power propelled it forward for spurts.

The battery pack is the older-generation hydride, not the new lithium ion that’s in the

2013 Avalon Hybrid XLE

BASE PRICE: $35,555 for XLE Premium; $37,250 for XLE Touring.

AS TESTED: $39,643.

TYPE: front-wheel drive, five-passenger, hybrid, mid-size sedan.

2.5-liter, double overhead cam cylinder with VVT-I to a 105-kilowatt, two-electric-motor system and hydride battery pack.

40 mpg (city), 39 mpg (highway).


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