Designed and assembled in America, the re-imagined 2013 Toyota Avalon that now includes a Hybrid model, according to Toyota, “is the perfect storm of look and feel combined with comfort and ease”. The design team for the Avalon were task with three key word concepts for the new flagship, create something, “Modern, Athletic and Elegant”.
The Avalon Hybrid features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that has two electric motor-generators which add power and regenerate energy for the battery, which is positioned behind the rear seats.
Toyota says the system combines for 200 hp and should be good (the EPA estimates) for 40 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, for a combined 40 mpg. Drivers can select from three driving modes, Eco for more efficiency, Sport for responsiveness and EV mode to increase electric operation, which allows the driver to travel gas-free but only at very low speeds for up to a mile.
Trunk capacity is 14.3 cubic feet, a drop of about 10 percent drop from the regular Avalon’s 16.1 cubic feet. This should not be a major deterrent for those opting for the hybrid.
Inside the Avalon, luxury amenities are plentiful including detailed stitching on the “leather-like” seats and side door panels. Touch-sensitive controls are surprisingly satisfying when pushed. The 2013 IntelliTouch™ technology features and functions are intuitive and simple to operate.
No more cell phone in the cup holder. The eBin™ in the 2013 Avalon is specifically designed to hold two handheld mobile devices. Keep your wires neatly tucked away while charging your gadgets in one convenient location.
You can now stay seamlessly connected to your compatible Smartphone and a lot more with the available Entune® multimedia system. Whether it’s sports scores, streaming radio, movie tickets or restaurant reservations, the Entune® multimedia system can help you find what you’re looking for.
The Avalon Hybrid has no direct competitors, but consumers considering a large family car will likely compare it with the standard Buick Lacrosse or an entry-luxury sedan like the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.