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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid ranked #2 in Large Cars. Currently the Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a score of 8.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.5
Safety: TBD
Reliability: TBD

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid fared well in our rankings in previous years, and things are no different after the 2019 redesign. This is a well-rounded sedan with few major flaws.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent mpg ratings
  • Smooth ride
  • Spacious seats
  • Upscale cabin
  • High base price
  • Could use a little more power at times

Is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid a Good Car?

Yes, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a good car. It gets dynamite fuel economy by large car standards while delivering a smooth ride and capable handling. The powertrain is uninspiring, but it's fine for most driving situations. Inside, this Toyota looks and feels upscale, provides two rows of roomy seats, and offers many driver assistance features. On the whole, few rivals bring as much to the table as the Avalon Hybrid.

Should I Buy the Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The Avalon Hybrid makes a great choice for large-car shoppers, and while it has a higher price tag than many class rivals, it provides a lot of bang for the buck. Its combined city/highway fuel economy rating is 18 mpg higher than the nonhybrid Avalon, and its estimated annual fuel costs are $700 cheaper. Still, comparison shopping never hurt anyone, so it's worth your time to consider competitors like the Toyota Camry Hybrid or Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Compare the Avalon Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and Sonata Hybrid »

Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

Toyota redesigned the Avalon Hybrid for the 2019 model year. The new model has an extra 15 horsepower and gets about 3 more mpg than the outgoing Avalon Hybrid. As part of the redesign, Toyota moved the battery pack from the trunk area to underneath the rear seat, so the 2019 model has more trunk space (by about 2 cubic feet). The 2019 Avalon Hybrid has more standard features than the 2018 model (including blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert). It also offers features you couldn't get in previous Avalon Hybrids, like a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and rear cross traffic braking.

You'll likely save money by shopping for a used Avalon Hybrid, but you'll miss out on the benefits of the vehicle's redesign. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Avalon Hybrid review to help you decide if you can live without the 2019 model's extra power and additional features.

Compare the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Avalon Hybrid »

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How Much Does the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cost?

The Avalon Hybrid has one of the highest starting prices in the class: $36,500. However, it's common for hybrids to cost more than nonhybrid cars, and the Avalon Hybrid only costs $1,000 more than the nonhybrid Avalon. The Avalon Hybrid Limited, which is the top trim, starts at just under $43,000, which is competitive for a large car's highest trim level.

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

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

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a midsize car, and it's one of the few vehicles that get significantly better mpg ratings than the Avalon Hybrid (by about 9 mpg). The Camry Hybrid gets decent power from its 208-horsepower powertrain, and it rides smoothly. The Avalon provides more trunk space, but both Toyotas have plenty of standard and available features and two rows of spacious seats. The Camry Hybrid wins based on price, though; its starting price is about $9,000 less than the Avalon's. These are both great cars, but it's hard to justify paying so much more for the Avalon when the Camry Hybrid measures up so well in every area.

Which Is Better: Toyota Avalon Hybrid or Hyundai Sonata Hybrid?

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is also a midsize car (the Avalon Hybrid really doesn't have any competition among large cars). It's not as powerful or fuel-efficient as the Avalon Hybrid, though the Sonata does offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and the Avalon does not. The Avalon offers more trunk space, but both vehicles provide plenty of room for passengers. The Toyota has a much longer features list, and it comes standard with more driver assistance features than the Hyundai even offers. The Avalon Hybrid is the better sedan, but the Sonata Hybrid's base price is roughly $10,000 less than the Toyota's, and that amount of savings may make the Hyundai the right choice for some buyers.

Compare the Avalon Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and Sonata Hybrid »

Avalon Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Avalon Hybrid Seat?

The five-seat Avalon Hybrid provides the kind of space you want in a large sedan. The front seats are comfortable, the rear seats are supportive, and both rows have ample headroom and legroom for adult occupants.

Avalon Hybrid and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

Avalon Hybrid Interior Quality

The Avalon Hybrid had a great interior before the redesign, and the 2019's is even better. It looks great and feels upscale, providing a level of interior quality few rivals can match.

Avalon Hybrid Cargo Space

Unlike some hybrids, the Avalon Hybrid has the same amount of trunk space as its nonhybrid counterpart, at just over 16 cubic feet. That's enough room for roughly a dozen pieces of carry-on luggage, and you can fold down the rear seats for additional space.

Avalon Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Avalon Hybrid include Bluetooth, five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and the Entune infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Siri Eyes Free. Available features include a moonroof, wireless device charging, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and navigation.

The Entune infotainment system – and the optional navigation in particular – may not be as intuitive as rival systems, but Entune is fairly easy to use overall. Some complain that the touch screen is occasionally slow to respond to inputs. The 2019 Avalon Hybrid is among the first Toyotas to feature Apple CarPlay, though it still lacks Android Auto.

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

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Avalon Hybrid Performance

Avalon Hybrid Engine: This Car's Weakest Link

The Avalon Hybrid's 215-horsepower powertrain consists of a four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). You'll have no qualms with the CVT, but the engine feels a little weak in high-stress situations like climbing hills. For the most part, however, it delivers adequate power and acceleration.

Avalon Hybrid Gas Mileage: Pretty Darn Good

The Avalon Hybrid gets outstanding gas mileage for a large sedan, earning 43 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. No other large car can touch those ratings.

Compared to the nonhybrid Avalon, you'll save about $700 per year on gas driving the Avalon Hybrid (and keep in mind, the price difference between the two is only $1,000). You'll even spend a little bit less on gas with the Avalon Hybrid than you would with some midsize hybrids, including the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Avalon Hybrid Ride and Handling: Also Good

People think of hybrids and large sedans as plodders that are only good for getting from point A to point B. While the Avalon Hybrid is no sports car, it handles reasonably well and provides more driver engagement than you'd expect. It also rides smoothly over most road surfaces.

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Avalon Hybrid Reliability

Is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Reliable?

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Warranty

Toyota backs the Avalon Hybrid 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 hybrid components. These are competitive warranty terms for the large car class.

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Avalon Hybrid Safety

Avalon Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2019 Avalon Hybrid has not yet been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Avalon Hybrid Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of features, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Available active safety features include a head-up display, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic braking.

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Which Toyota Avalon Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

There are three Avalon Hybrid trims: XLE, XSE, and Limited. All models feature a 215-horsepower powertrain consisting of a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.

The base Avalon Hybrid XLE comes well-equipped and has a great interior, making it a fine choice for any buyer. If you want a few more features, however, you should skip over the XSE and step up to the Avalon Hybrid Limited, which comes with many comfort and convenience upgrades and offers more driver assistance features than the lower trims.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE

The Avalon Hybrid XLE has a base price of $36,500. It comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and the Entune infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Siri Eyes Free.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of features, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Available features include navigation, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, a moonroof, and wireless device charging.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE

The Avalon Hybrid XSE comes with sportier styling and has a starting price of $39,000. In addition to the XLE trim's features, the Avalon Hybrid XSE adds a moonroof, leatherette and suede upholstery, and wireless device charging. Available features include navigation and a 14-speaker JBL audio system.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

The Avalon Hybrid Limited starts at $42,800. The Limited comes standard with a head-up display, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and navigation. You can add the Advanced Safety package, which includes a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic braking.

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 redesigned 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid rides smoothly, feels upscale inside, and provides plenty of active safety technology. It also gets the great fuel economy you expect from a hybrid. This is a worthwhile choice for any large-car shopper.

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

  • "The new Avalon seems to be not only a formidable competitor to the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, and Kia Cadenza but also a worthwhile, pragmatic alternative to a Lexus sedan." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The 2019 Toyota Avalon improves upon its predecessor with additional features, better fuel efficiency and a more responsive chassis. Its high-class cabin looks and feels as nice as some entry-level Lexus products without the luxury-car price tag. All things considered, the Avalon is undoubtedly one of the best sedans in the full-size market." -- Edmunds
  • "It's no secret that I loved the previous generation Toyota Avalon. The new model is objectively better in almost every way. It's more spacious, more comfortable and more pleasing to drive, whether you're looking for comfort from the Limited model or a more engaged Touring model's ride. Toyota has even overhauled its Entune infotainment and made most of its advanced safety technology standard across the lineup. If you're in the market for a large-mid size sedan, the 2019 Toyota Avalon is an excellent choice." -- CNET
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