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2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a spacious, high-end cabin and a relaxed ride. On the downside, its powertrain can be noisy at times, which holds it back in the competitive large car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Roomy, luxurious cabin
  • Superb fuel economy
  • Back row doesn't fold
  • Noisy under hard acceleration




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a good used car. Not only is it the most fuel-efficient large car, but it’s also fairly athletic, with quick acceleration and poised handling. The interior quality is among the best in the class. There’s plenty of seating space and a solid list of standard equipment. One notable drawback is that the rear seats don't fold down.

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We’ve analyzed 29 Toyota Avalon Hybrid reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

At the time of this writing, there is no official pricing information for the 2015 Avalon Hybrid. The price you pay is based on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid's five-year projected costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $21,350, or $4,270 per year. That's below average for a large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

With a starting MSRP of $36,550, the 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid likely costs more than the 2015, but it's worth the extra expense. Some of the changes to this redesigned model include standard Apple CarPlay and blind spot monitoring, as well as available features like a surround-view parking camera. The 2019 Avalon has an additional 2.9 cubic feet trunk space since the battery pack was moved from the trunk area to under the rear seat. Toyota also improved horsepower and fuel economy for 2019.

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There aren't any new large cars in the 2015 Avalon Hybrid's price range. However, there are some new midsize cars that are worth considering, including the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid, which starts at $25,320. The Honda has a lot going for it, including great fuel economy, ample trunk space, a roomy interior, and plenty of standard driver assistance features, including lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Is Best?

The 2015 Avalon Hybrid is part of a generation that began with the 2013 model and ended with the 2018. Most changes throughout the years pertain to features and styling.

The 2014 Avalon Hybrid gained a standard rearview camera, and Ford upgraded the infotainment system with improved voice recognition and mobile app integration for 2015. For 2016, Toyota refreshed the exterior styling, increased the size of the standard touch screen to 7 inches, and introduced available lane departure warning. Toyota Safety Sense, which includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, became standard for 2017. There were no major changes to the 2018 Avalon Hybrid.

You can’t go wrong with any of these models, but if safety tech is high on your list, shop for an Avalon Hybrid from 2017 and later. 

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Avalon Hybrid?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Recalls

There is one safety recall for the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. It covers an issue related to unexpected braking in vehicles with a pre-collision system. Make sure a Toyota dealer has addressed this recall before purchasing a 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid comes in three trim levels: XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited.

The base trim has plenty of features, making it a good choice for most shoppers. It features an infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. This trim also has proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.

The XLE Touring trim adds blind spot monitoring, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and an app suite. The top-of-the-line Limited trim adds heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power rear sunshade, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Avalon Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not perform crash safety tests on the 2015 Avalon Hybrid. However, it named the nonhybrid 2015 Avalon a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in all crash tests performed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested the hybrid version, giving it an overall rating of five out of five stars, with four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in side crash tests.

A rearview camera comes standard. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and Toyota's Pre-Collision System (forward collision warning with brake assist) are available.

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2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid or 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid is similar to the Avalon Hybrid in that both cars have the same hybrid powertrain and similar fuel economy figures. Other similarities between the Avalon Hybrid and this midsize car include a smooth ride and a spacious cabin. The Camry Hybrid not only has a lower average price, it also has a higher predicted reliability rating of five out of five (versus three out of five for the Avalon Hybrid). The only thing you'll really forfeit by opting for the hybrid Camry over the Avalon Hybrid is a more upscale cabin. If that’s not that important to you, go with the Camry Hybrid.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid or 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid is essentially the luxury version of the Avalon Hybrid. The cars share the same chassis and engine. Not surprisingly, both vehicles have a similar amount of passenger space, and they both have long lists of standard and available features. The Lexus has a higher reliability rating and a sleeker-looking interior. If you’re prepared to spend some extra dough to get more luxury, go with the Lexus. If not, the Toyota is a solid option.

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2015 Avalon Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Drive?

The 2015 Avalon Hybrid comes equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that make a combined 200 horsepower. This powertrain is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This hybrid has plenty of power, but things can get noisy at high speeds.

The Avalon Hybrid delivers a comfortable ride, and it has composed handling and responsive steering. Like many hybrids, however, its regenerative brakes tend to be a little grabby.

Does the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Avalon Hybrid delivers 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, which makes it the most fuel efficient vehicle in the class.

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2015 Avalon Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Avalon Hybrid Seat?

The 2015 Avalon Hybrid seats up to five people in two rows of comfortable and spacious seats. Thanks to upscale touches like standard leather upholstery, the Avalon Hybrid also earns praise for having one of the nicest cabins in the class. This Toyota also comes standard with power-adjustable heated front seats. Available comfort amenities include heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

There are two full sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors and an upper tether in the 2015 Avalon Hybrid.

2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Features

The 2015 Avalon Hybrid features a responsive and easy-to-use 6.1-inch Entune infotainment system that has physical audio and climate controls. It also comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Available features include a larger 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and an app suite.

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2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Dimensions

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cargo Space

There's 14 cubic feet of cargo space in the 2015 Avalon Hybrid, which is small for the large car class but still a decent amount of space overall. There is a narrow rear-seat pass-through, but the back row doesn't fold down.  

2015 Avalon Hybrid Length and Weight

The 2015 Avalon Hybrid is about 16.3 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,638 to 3,682 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Built?

Toyota built the 2015 Avalon Hybrid in Kentucky.

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