For 2013, Toyota is adding a hybrid version of its Avalon large sedan to the model lineup, and the automaker says in a statement it should achieve 40/39 mpg city/highway. Toyota unveiled the redesigned 2013 Avalon at the New York Auto Show in April, and it is scheduled to go on sale later this year.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine for a total of 200 horsepower. The car will have an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission, or e-CVT. Toyota says that the Avalon Hybrid will feature Eco and Sport driving modes, as well as an EV mode that will help the upcoming affordable large car conserve fuel. “EV mode can be engaged, provided other conditions are correct, for up to one mile at speeds up to 25 mph, providing an all-electric option that is convenient in residential areas or parking garages,” Toyota explains in a statement.
The non-hybrid 2013 Avalon will feature a similar powertrain to the 2012 model, which includes a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota estimates fuel economy at 21/31 mpg city/highway, which is better than the 2012 model’s 19/28 mpg rating. The automaker says that the increase was achieved with small tweaks to the drivetrain and the addition of Eco, Sport and Normal drive modes, which alter the car’s performance depending on your preferences.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon hybrid would be the first full hybrid entry in its class. “Full-size cars seem an unlikely candidate for hybridization, but the Avalon's recent weight loss — dropping more than 100 pounds with this 2013 redesign — may have helped the case,” Kicking Tires reports. The only car that might currently rival it is the Buick LaCrosse eAssist, which gets 25/36 mpg city/highway. Some midsize cars, like Toyota’s own Camry Hybrid and the Volkswagen Passat TDI diesel might also compete with the new Avalon Hybrid, with fuel economy estimates of 43/39 and 31/43 mpg, respectively.
Standard and optional features for the redesigned 2013 Avalon, as well as pricing information, have not been released yet. The 2012 Avalon starts at $33,195.
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