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2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

Thanks in part to its spacious, upscale cabin and supple ride, the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid sits in the top third of our hybrid and electric car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Adult-friendly seating
  • Above-average cargo capacity
  • Comfortable ride
  • Worse fuel economy than most hybrids
  • Touch screen can be slow to respond to inputs

New for 2021

  • Lithium-ion battery pack replaces nickel-metal hydride battery
  • Standard Android Auto

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Hybrid and Electric Cars category. Currently the Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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 Is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid a Good Car?

 Yes, the 2021 Avalon Hybrid is a good car. There's plenty of head- and legroom for adults to sit comfortably in both rows, and it has more trunk space than most of its competition. Also, the Avalon Hybrid's interior looks like it belongs in a high-end vehicle. From a performance standpoint, this large sedan has enough power to satisfy most shoppers, and it's fuel-efficient for its size. However, its fuel economy ratings aren't impressive compared with other hybrid and electric cars, and the infotainment system is slow at times.

 Why You Can Trust Us: 15 Reviews Analyzed

To give you a complete overview of the 2021 Avalon Hybrid – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 15 Toyota Avalon Hybrid reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

This 2021 Avalon Hybrid review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is worth a look if you're in search of a large hybrid car with premium cabin materials and plenty of space for passengers and their cargo. If you’re looking for better fuel efficiency with a lower price tag, you’ll want to take a look at the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid.

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2020 vs. 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: What's the Difference?

For the 2021 model year, the Avalon Hybrid comes standard with Android Auto (previously unavailable), and a lithium-ion battery pack replaces the previously standard nickel-metal hydride battery.

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Here are the key changes for the Toyota Avalon Hybrid over the last few years:

  • 2017: Toyota Safety Sense became standard
  • 2018: no major changes
  • 2019: fully redesigned with sharper interior and exterior styling and sportier driving dynamics; added standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa
  • 2020: no major changes
  • 2021: gains a new battery pack and standard Android Auto

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Avalon Hybrid, 2019 Avalon Hybrid, and 2020 Avalon Hybrid reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cost?

The 2021 Avalon Hybrid starts at $37,000, which makes it one of the most expensive vehicles in the hybrid and electric car class. The midlevel XSE trim starts at $39,500, while the range-topping Limited trim starts at $43,300.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Versus the Competition

Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid

Both the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Toyota Avalon Hybrid boast a lengthy list of active safety features, good predicted reliability ratings, and comfortable rides. However, these two hybrids are different in many ways. For one, the Camry is a midsize car, while the Avalon is considered a large car. The Camry Hybrid features a more responsive infotainment system, better fuel efficiency, and a lower starting price. On the flip side, the Avalon Hybrid provides a more luxurious cabin, along with more passenger and cargo room. When it comes down to it, the Camry Hybrid gives you more bang for your buck, but if you need additional space, you'll probably prefer the Avalon Hybrid.

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Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Avalon Hybrid both offer large trunks and lots of passenger space, as well as many advanced safety features. The Toyota is more upscale than the Honda, and it has a higher predicted reliability rating, but the Accord is a slightly more well-rounded vehicle. The Accord Hybrid is more fuel-efficient and features a speedier infotainment system. The Honda is also easier on your pocketbook.

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Avalon Hybrid Interior: Refined and Roomy

Avalon Hybrid Cargo Space

With a 16.09-cubic-foot trunk, cargo space in the Avalon Hybrid is plentiful. There aren't too many hybrid and electric cars that can match that impressive figure. You can fit longer items in by folding down the 60/40-split-folding rear seats.

How Many People Does the Avalon Hybrid Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the Avalon Hybrid. Drivers will appreciate the front seats’ supportive side bolsters, and adults should have plenty of room in both the front and back rows.

Avalon Hybrid and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The middle seat can borrow lower anchors from the adjoining seats.

Avalon Hybrid Interior Quality

Some critics compare the Avalon Hybrid's interior quality to that of a Lexus. It features well-grained plastics and soft-touch cabin materials. All models come with either synthetic or genuine leather-trimmed upholstery in the first row. In addition, aluminum accents are present in the XSE trim, and wood accents are found in the Limited trim.

Avalon Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Avalon Hybrid comes with the user-friendly Entune infotainment system, which features a large touch screen that's easy to access, as well as physical knobs that make it easier for the driver to operate audio and climate functions. The one downside is that the touch controls can be slow to respond.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 9-inch touch screen, Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, five USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and wireless device charging
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a moonroof and ambient lighting

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Avalon Hybrid Performance: Solid Power, OK Fuel Economy

Avalon Hybrid Powertrain

The Avalon Hybrid's powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors with a combined 215 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard. This setup gives the Avalon a decent amount of power that should satisfy most shoppers. However, it’s not the quickest vehicle from a stop.

Avalon Hybrid Gas Mileage

The 2021 Avalon Hybrid gets up to an estimated 43 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway. Compared with nonhybrid vehicles, these figures are fantastic, but among other hybrids, the Avalon's gas mileage is subpar.

For example, the Toyota Camry Hybrid gets 52 mpg combined city/highway, and the Honda Accord Hybrid gets 48 mpg combined.

Avalon Hybrid Ride and Handling

The Avalon Hybrid's ride is comfortable and composed, even over bumpy roads. You can also tailor the ride to your preferences by utilizing one of four driving modes: EV, Eco, Normal, and Sport. Front-wheel drive is standard.

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Avalon Hybrid Reliability

Is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Reliable?

The 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Warranty

The Avalon Hybrid comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on most hybrid components. The battery has a 10-year/150,000-mile warranty.

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Avalon Hybrid Safety

Avalon Hybrid Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet tested the 2021 Avalon Hybrid.

Avalon Hybrid Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features:

  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross traffic braking

Read more about safety »

Avalon Hybrid Dimensions and Weight

The Avalon Hybrid is about 16.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,610 to 3,695 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Built?

Toyota builds the 2021 Avalon Hybrid in Kentucky.

Which Toyota Avalon Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid comes in three trims: XLE, XSE, and Limited. The base XLE trim should meet the needs of most shoppers since it’s packed with comfort and advanced safety features, as well as smartphone integration technology.

All trims feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to produce 215 horsepower.

A nonhybrid Avalon, which we separately review, is also available.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE

The base XLE trim (MSRP: $37,000) comes with an Entune infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa. It also has heated and eight-way power-adjustable front seats with synthetic leather trim, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Its standard active safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Optional features include navigation and a 14-speaker JBL audio system for $1,720 and wireless device charging and a moonroof for $1,000.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

The XSE starts at $39,500. It gains a moonroof, synthetic leather-trimmed and suede front seats, wireless device charging, and unique styling enhancements like aluminum pedal covers, aluminum interior trim, a black rear spoiler, and a black grille with a sport mesh insert.

You can add the JBL stereo and navigation system for $1,720.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

The top-of-the-line Limited trim starts at $43,300. It adds ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, navigation, a head-up display, ambient lighting, and wood interior trim.

An Advanced Safety package, which comes with a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic braking, is available for $1,150.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a solid pick among hybrid and electric cars. It provides two rows of roomy seats, upscale cabin materials, and a cushioned ride. While its gas mileage figures are impressive among nonhybrid large cars, they aren't as good as those of most other hybrids. This Toyota is also one of the most expensive vehicles in the class. You may also want to consider less-expensive competitors like the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Toyota Avalon is an excellent choice for buyers seeking a large sedan, and its premium nature nears that of a Lexus." -- Autotrader
  • "The Avalon has few rivals—the large sedan segment is collapsing as more new-car buyers opt for SUVs—but it's one of the best of its breed." -- Car and Driver
  • "The new Avalon seems to be not only a formidable competitor to the … Chevrolet Impala, and Kia Cadenza but also a worthwhile, pragmatic alternative to a Lexus sedan." -- Consumer Reports (2019)   
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