8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

The 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has industry-leading reliability, an upscale and roomy interior, and low ownership costs for the class. However, so-so engine power means the Avalon won't wow you with its performance. 

Pros & Cons

  • Great reliability rating
  • Low ownership costs for class
  • Ample passenger space
  • Premium cabin design
  • Rivals get better safety scores
  • Underwhelming engine

2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Avalon Hybrid is a great used car, with its roomy and upscale interior. Some rivals have higher safety scores, but the Avalon's are still commendable. The Avalon Hybrid’s mundane driving dynamics is one of its few downsides.

Used 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Performance and Interior

The 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid's powertrain consists of a four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a continuously variable automatic transmission. It returns an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which is decent compared to other 2014 hybrids. The Avalon Hybrid also does very well compared to a regular Avalon, which gets only 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg highway. With the hybrid version, you'll save about $600 per year in fuel costs. However, the Avalon Hybrid still isn't as efficient as some rivals. 

While the Avalon Hybrid fits the bill as an eco-friendly cruiser, the rest of its performance is mediocre. Acceleration is adequate, but you may wish for more power when carrying a full load. The hybrid Avalon boasts a comfortable ride quality and stable, if unengaging, handling. If you've never driven a hybrid before, the Avalon's grabby regenerative brakes could take some getting used to. 

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The 2014 Avalon Hybrid has one of the nicest interiors in its class, with an abundance of premium materials and soft-touch surfaces. Standard amenities like leather seats and heated front seats further contribute to an upscale atmosphere. Power-adjustable front seats are also standard, and some models may have premium leather, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. Both rows provide plenty of head- and legroom. The Avalon has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard rear seats, and a tether-only connection in the middle seat. 

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 6.1-inch touch screen, proximity key entry, push-button start, a moonroof, and a rearview camera. Available features include tri-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming outside mirrors, a power rear sunshade, an 11-speaker JBL sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, voice recognition, a 7-inch touch screen, the Entune app suite, navigation, and a pre-collision system. Most of the Avalon's touch controls are user-friendly and respond quickly to inputs. However, the Entune system must be connected to your smartphone and maintain a data connection. 

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Used 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Prices

Average prices range from about $20,800 for a base Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium up to around $23,600 for a Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited. Prices vary based on the car's mileage, features, condition, and your region of the country.

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We analyzed 23 Toyota Avalon Hybrid reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, cost of ownership estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2014 Avalon Hybrid is the right used car for you. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a reliability rating of five out of five. While that's the highest score the organization gives to any vehicle, several large sedans also earned excellent ratings.

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How Safe Is the Avalon Hybrid?

The 2014 Avalon Hybrid has good safety scores, though they're not as high as other cars in the class. It received a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with four out of five stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test. In the four tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Avalon earned the highest possible rating of Good. 

A rearview camera comes standard in all 2014 Avalon models. Other driver assistance and advanced safety features you may find include adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Toyota's available pre-collision system consists of forward collision warning and automatic braking. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Avalon Hybrid?

For 2013, the Toyota Avalon sedan was fully redesigned and saw the introduction of the hybrid Avalon as an all-new model. There were few, but significant, changes over the first few years of this generation. A rearview camera became standard in the 2014 Avalon, and the 2015 Avalon received an upgraded infotainment system. You'll have to balance those changes against likely higher prices for newer models to determine which model year is right for you. 

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid sedan is available in three trim levels: XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited. There's a small range of average prices across the lineup, making higher trims a better value. In particular, you'll want to check out the mid-range XLE Touring model. It builds on the base model's already-ample standard features list with add-ons like navigation and satellite radio. Additionally, some models may have blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Certain features can only be found in the top-of-the-line Limited trim, such as ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a larger touch screen, and the pre-collision system. 

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid or 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid?

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid gets 49 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway, which is one of the best fuel economy estimates of any hybrid from the 2014 model year. It doesn't sacrifice performance, with brisk acceleration and athletic handling. Ride quality is on the stiff side, though. The midsize Accord Hybrid isn't as large as the Avalon Hybrid, but it offers good passenger room in its handsome cabin. Though the Honda has an above-average reliability rating, the Toyota scores much higher. It's a close call between these two. If you want a lower average price and top-notch hybrid efficiency, the Accord Hybrid is a good fit. However, the Avalon Hybrid is better for those who want excellent reliability. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid or 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid shares the same gas-electric powertrain as its larger stablemate, but acceleration feels swifter in the Camry. Fuel economy estimates are similar between the two hybrids, as well. Both Toyotas earned the same top-notch reliability score, which helps them both rank well in their respective classes. The Camry, though, is likely a better bet. Despite having much lower average prices than the Avalon, the Camry has a comparable list of standard and available features, good passenger room, and a high-quality interior.

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