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2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid achieves superb fuel economy for a large car, and critics were very impressed with its upscale cabin materials and spacious rear seats.

Pros & Cons

  • Exceptional fuel economy
  • First-rate cabin materials
  • Smaller trunk than most large cars




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview

The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid comes with a four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors. Reviewers said the Avalon Hybrid has sufficient power in most situations and transitions smoothly between gas and electric power. Some critics noted that the Avalon Hybrid’s four-cylinder engine sounds strained compared to the potent V6 in the non-hybrid Avalon. Front-wheel drive and an automatic (continuously variable transmission) are standard. According to the EPA, the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid gets 40/39 mpg city/highway, which is outstanding for a large car. Test drivers said the Avalon Hybrid has a smooth ride on bumpy roads, and they wrote that it corners with composure. However, some reviewers wished the Avalon Hybrid’s steering provided more feedback.

Automotive journalists said that the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a very nice interior with high-end materials and upscale design details like ambient lighting. They also praised the supportive front seats and spacious rear seats that provide ample head- and legroom. The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has 14 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less than what most other large cars offer. Standard features in the 2013 Avalon Hybrid include Bluetooth, leather seats, heated front seats, a rearview camera, a USB port and a 6.1-inch touch-screen interface. Available features include navigation, heated rear seats, an 11-speaker JBL audio system and adaptive cruise control. Touch-sensitive buttons control many of the audio and climate systems in the Avalon Hybrid, and auto writers said these buttons are easy to find and respond quickly to user inputs.

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Other Cars to Consider

With its mild hybrid eAssist powertrain, the 2013 Buick LaCrosse achieves 25/36 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Reviewers liked the LaCrosse’s attractive cabin, which they said features comfortable front seats and high-grade materials.

The 2013 Ford Taurus can get up to 22/32 mpg city/highway when equipped with the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is quite good for the class. The Taurus also has one of the largest trunks in the class, and critics were pleased that it is easy to maneuver in small spaces.

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