Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview

The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid ranks 4 out of 11 Large Cars.

The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid offers by far the best fuel economy estimates in its class. While it's one of the pricier large cars (starting at $37,300), its cost is further validated by its long list of standard safety features. It’s not the fastest or most athletic car in the class, but its comfortable ride, roomy seats, and upscale interior ensure pleasant daily driving.

SEATING


5

MPG


40

  CITY


39

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


200
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Pros & Cons

  • Sophisticated, fully loaded cabin
  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Roomy seats
  • Comfortable, composed ride
  • Loud transmission at speed
  • Below-average trunk space

Notable for 2017

  • Toyota Safety Sense now standard

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Rankings and Research

The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid ranking is based on its score within the Large Cars category. Currently the Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a score of 8.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 30 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.8
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 4_5

Rankings

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2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

By Alexa Lardieri June 22, 2017

The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid offers by far the best fuel economy estimates in its class. While it's one of the pricier large cars (starting at $37,300), its cost is further validated by its long list of standard safety features. It’s not the fastest or most athletic car in the class, but its comfortable ride, roomy seats, and upscale interior ensure pleasant daily driving.

Is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid a Good Car?

The Avalon Hybrid hits (mostly) all the right notes. From upscale materials and handsome styling to spacious seats, it has one of the best cabins in the class. Additionally, there is an abundance of standard technology and safety features. The Avalon Hybrid’s powertrain isn’t particularly strong, and it generates less horsepower than competitors. However, it produces sufficient acceleration for most driving situations and has a supple, smooth ride – though its automatic transmission is noisy under hard acceleration.

Should I Buy the Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

If you want a car with great fuel economy, lots of standard tech and safety features, and a premium cabin with comfortable, supportive seats and plenty of room, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid could be what you're looking for. It may have an above-average starting price for the class, but its superb fuel economy will save you lots of money at the pump. It also comes with features that will cost you big bucks in rivals. Although it may not be as powerful as some competitors, it has enough power for everyday driving.

We Did the Research for You: 30 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We analyzed 30 different data points – including safety scores, reliability ratings, and other professional reviews – for our comprehensive 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid review. We compiled all the information in one place to help you decide if the Avalon Hybrid is the right car for you. We're consumer-driven, so our reviews get straight to the point to help you find the best car when you're ready to buy.

The Avalon Hybrid was introduced for the 2013 model year and has seen few major changes since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 through 2017 model years.

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How Much Does the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cost?

The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid starts at $37,300. That’s more expensive than many of its large car rivals. However, the Avalon Hybrid comes with a generous list of standard features, including the newly standard Toyota Safety Sense package. This suite of safety features includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. These advanced safety features cost a pretty penny in class rivals. The Avalon Hybrid also saves you big at the pump; you’ll pay only $850 annually on gas. There are no packages available with the Avalon Hybrid.

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Toyota Avalon Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Avalon Hybrid or Toyota Avalon?

The gasoline-only Toyota Avalon starts at $33,300. It comes with a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the hybrid, the gas-only Avalon has plenty of power for climbing hills, and its automatic transmission doesn’t emit a drone common with the continuously variable automatic transmissions often used in hybrids. The gas-only Avalon also comes with a bit more cargo space – 16 cubic feet compared to the Avalon Hybrid's 14 cubic feet. However, the nonhybrid Avalon’s fuel economy isn’t nearly as good. It gets just 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, compared to the Avalon Hybrid's 40 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway. 

Fuel will cost you about $1,450 annually in the gas-only model and $850 annually in the hybrid. However, the Avalon Hybrid costs $4,000 more than the nonhybrid Avalon to start, so it will take you about seven years to recoup your costs. Unless you really want to go green, going with the gas-only Avalon is the better choice. Both cars come with similar features, including the Toyota Safety Sense package.

Which Is Better: Toyota Avalon Hybrid or Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The Avalon Hybrid's smaller stablemate, the midsize Toyota Camry Hybrid, starts at $26,790. It comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Together they produce 200 horsepower – the same horsepower produced by the heavier Avalon Hybrid. The Camry Hybrid's power plant is lively, and you'll get immediate power when you press the gas pedal. Despite producing the same horsepower as the Camry Hybrid, the Avalon Hybrid lacks energetic acceleration because of its larger size. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard in the Camry Hybrid. As with many CVTs in hybrids, it makes an unpleasant droning sound while driving.

Along with the Camry Hybrid's less expensive price comes a shorter list of standard features. It includes Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and a 6.1-inch touch screen. It doesn't come with Toyota Safety Sense or the Entune infotainment system found in the Avalon Hybrid. However, you can upgrade to the Camry Hybrid's top-of-the-line XLE trim (starting at $30,140) for more features. It adds the upgraded Entune infotainment system, and available packages allow you to add the full suite of Toyota Safety Sense features. Adding all of these options costs less than the Avalon Hybrid's base model. The Camry Hybrid costs approximately the same annually for gas, but it has a slightly smaller cargo space – 13.1 cubic feet compared to the Avalon Hybrid's 14 cubic feet. However, the Camry Hybrid’s lower price and superior performance make it the better choice.

Which Is Better: Toyota Avalon Hybrid or Lexus ES 300h?

The Lexus ES 300h is a luxury midsize car. It starts at $41,820, which is $4,520 more than the Avalon Hybrid. The ES 300h comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that make 200 horsepower combined – the same as the Avalon Hybrid. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. The ES 300h has better performance than the Avalon Hybrid, with no lag when accelerating from a stop and no problem getting up to highway and passing speeds. Leaving it in standard Eco mode slows acceleration a bit – but put it in Sport mode, and you'll get a sharper throttle response. The ES 300h comes with a long list of standard features, including a moonroof, push-button start, a 7-inch display, Lexus' Remote Touch infotainment system controller, a voice recognition system, an eight-speaker audio system, the Enform Remote telematics system, and the Lexus Safety System+ package, which includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. Both cars have the same fuel economy and similar features. It’s up to you to decide if the ES 300h's luxury and superior performance are worth the extra money.

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Avalon Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Avalon Hybrid Seat?

The 2017 Avalon Hybrid seats five and comes with leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Options include upgraded leather, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

You may already expect large cars to have roomy seats, but the Toyota Avalon Hybrid may surpass these expectations, as it is among the roomier cars in the class. Both front- and rear-seat occupants will be comfortable and have plenty of space. The front seats are supportive and adjustable, and the back seats have more than enough head- and legroom. Add the available heated rear seats and power rear shade, and the back seats are even more pleasant. 

Avalon Hybrid and Car Seats

The Avalon Hybrid has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors in each of the rear outboard seats and one upper tether anchor in the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Avalon Hybrid's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. You may find that the lower anchors are located too deep within the seats, but the upper tether anchors are generally easy to locate and distinguish from other hardware.

Avalon Hybrid Interior Quality

Whether you choose the base model or the top-of-the-line trim, the Avalon Hybrid’s interior is one of the best in the class. The cabin is handsomely styled, and you can choose from multiple supple leather upholstery options in a variety of colors.

Avalon Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2017 Avalon Hybrid has 14 cubic feet of trunk space. The size of the cargo hold is a bit below average for the class due to the battery pack’s location. It is in the trunk and takes up 2 cubic feet. The Toyota Avalon Hybrid’s rear seats don’t fold, but there is a pass-through for carrying longer cargo.

Avalon Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid comes with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, and the voice-activated Entune infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen.

Available features include wireless phone charging, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and an upgraded infotainment system with integrated navigation and the Entune App Suite, which includes Pandora, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com, and up-to-date stocks, sports, weather, fuel prices, and traffic.

Reviewers praise the Avalon Hybrid’s generous list of standard tech and safety features, which are typically expensive options in other large cars. The infotainment system is easy to operate and the navigation system works well. Climate and audio settings are adjusted using touch-sensitive controls on the dashboard, which are responsive. Available wireless phone charging is a handy feature, but it won’t charge your device very fast.

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Avalon Hybrid Performance

Avalon Hybrid Engine: Everyday Engine Power

The 2017 Avalon Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together generate 200 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard. The engine and electric motor produce sufficient acceleration for typical driving situations. However, the car doesn’t climb hills with much enthusiasm. It also has a low horsepower rating considering its weight and size. At speed, the Avalon Hybrid’s transmission is noisy. Its 200-horsepower rating is low compared to the nonhybrid Toyota Avalon’s 258-horsepower rating.

Avalon Hybrid Gas Mileage: Best-in-Class Fuel Economy

If you want a fuel-efficient large car, the 2017 Avalon Hybrid is by far your best bet. It’s also the only hybrid in the class. The 2017 Avalon Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which will cost you $850 annually for gas. Competing large cars don’t even come close to those estimates. The gas-only Avalon gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway, which will cost you $1,450 annually for gas.

Avalon Hybrid Ride and Handling: Comfortable and Capable  

The 2017 Avalon Hybrid rides comfortably. Its responsive steering and easy maneuverability help it feel secure when turning a corner, and its brakes are strong. Front-wheel drive is standard. As is the case with many hybrids, the Avalon Hybrid’s regenerative brakes, which capture energy during braking to recharge the battery, sometimes don’t feel smooth.

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Avalon Hybrid Reliability

Is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Reliable?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the Toyota Avalon Hybrid a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, meaning it is slightly more reliable than other cars on the road. A comparable midsize car, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, earns a predicted reliability score of 4.5 out of five, making it one of the most reliable cars on the road.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Warranty

Toyota covers the 2017 Avalon Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty for hybrid-related components.

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Avalon Hybrid Safety

Avalon Hybrid Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2017 Avalon Hybrid four out of five stars in rollover and frontal crash tests and five stars in the side crash test. Its overall crash test rating is five stars. The comparable Toyota Camry Hybrid receives the same scores.

Avalon Hybrid Safety Features

The Avalon Hybrid comes equipped with more standard safety features than most other large cars. New for 2017, the Avalon comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, which is a suite of advanced driver assistance features like forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Available safety features include rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.  

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Which Toyota Avalon Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid's base XLE Plus trim starts at $37,300, which is above the class average. It comes with a long list of standard features, including the new-for-2017 Toyota Safety Sense package, which comes with advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning. It also comes with Siri Eyes Free, an eight-speaker sound system, and a moonroof.

However, it's the XLE Premium model that gets you the best bang for your buck. Starting at $38,750, the XLE Premium adds a suite of high-tech features, including a wireless phone charger and the upgraded Entune infotainment system. The Entune system provides advanced voice recognition, integrated navigation, and App Suite. App Suite includes Pandora, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com, and up-to-date stocks, sports, weather, fuel prices, and traffic. The XLE Premium model also comes standard with additional safety features such as rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

The base Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus starts at $37,300. It comes with a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, and the voice-activated Entune infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. New for 2017, the Avalon Hybrid comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium

The Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium is priced at $38,750 and adds driver’s seat memory settings, Entune Premium Audio with integrated navigation and App Suite, wireless phone charging, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

The top-of-the-line Avalon Hybrid Limited costs $42,600. It comes with premium leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, a power rear-window shade, an 11-speaker JBL stereo, LED headlights, and Toyota’s Safety Connect telematics system.

Who Makes the Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

Toyota Motor Corporation makes the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. It is a Japanese automaker headquartered in Aichi, Japan. The Avalon Hybrid is manufactured in one of Toyota's manufacturing facilities in Georgetown, Kentucky.

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The Final Call

The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a lot to offer: a stylish and comfortable interior, excellent fuel economy, a generous list of safety and tech features, and a comfortable ride. However, its battery pack intrudes a bit on cargo space, and its performance isn't as strong as some rivals'. It's a worthy car in its class, but be prepared to pay more.

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

  • "A large sedan that can post higher EPA fuel economy numbers (40 mpg combined) than the Toyota's own compact Corolla model still qualifies as pretty noteworthy. The fact that the Avalon Hybrid can do it with an abundance of style and comfort is nothing short of remarkable." -- Edmunds
  • "Beyond mere numbers, the 2017 Toyota Avalon exudes a sense of solidity and quality, comfort and safety that makes it the envy of the industry." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If you're in the market for a stylish yet cushy sedan with plenty of room and laudable efficiency, you could do worse than moseying on over to the nearest Toyota dealership to look at the Avalon and Avalon Hybrid. Just don't expect sporting driving dynamics and you won't be disappointed." -- Autoblog (2013)
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