8.8

Overall

Scorecard

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

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid has an upscale interior, a plush ride, and excellent fuel economy. Solid reliability and safety ratings push this sedan toward the top of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride quality
  • Roomy, luxurious cabin
  • Superb fuel economy
  • Rear seats don’t fold
  • Engine sounds buzzy under hard acceleration

2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a great pick if you’re shopping for a large sedan but want the fuel economy of a smaller car. The efficient Avalon leads its competition with superb fuel economy. It also rewards beyond the gas pump with its spacious and luxe cabin, user-friendly tech features, and poised handling. Factor in high safety and predicted reliability ratings, and the Avalon Hybrid becomes a very sensible used car option.

Used 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Performance and Interior

The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 200 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The Avalon provides acceptably brisk acceleration and decent passing power on the highway. Fuel economy is the Avalon’s main focus. Its powertrain returns an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway – the best rating in the large car class.

The Avalon impresses with a soft, smooth ride quality, and it has especially agile handling for a large sedan. It feels sure-footed and composed through turns. The steering is crisp and the brakes provide confident stopping power as well. The Avalon cruises silently for the most part, however its CVT can cause the engine to drone under hard acceleration.

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The Toyota Avalon Hybrid seats five and has an elegant, roomy cabin. Its interior materials look and feel high quality; the sleek dashboard would look right at home in a far more expensive vehicle. The front seats are soft, nicely contoured, and offer good lumbar support. The rear seats are also cozy, and there’s ample head- and legroom for adults in both rows. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. Heated leather seats are standard; ventilated front seats are available. The Avalon Hybrid has an adequate 14 cubic feet of trunk space, though the rear seats do not fold.

The Avalon Hybrid has a standard 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Available features include a larger 7-inch screen, navigation, and the Entune app suite with Pandora, Yelp, and more. The touch screen reacts quickly to inputs and has simple menus. Many climate control and audio functions are accessible using knobs and touch-sensitive buttons located next to the screen, which makes the infotainment system very easy to use overall.

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Used 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Prices

The price of a used 2015 Avalon Hybrid ranges from about $24,300 for an XLE Premium model to around $27,800 for a Limited model. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We researched 25 reviews of the Avalon Hybrid alongside stats like safety scores and total costs of ownership to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The Avalon Hybrid has an excellent predicted reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Avalon Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the nonhybrid Toyota Avalon a 2015 Top Safety Pick, giving it the top Good rating in all five areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Avalon Hybrid a perfect five-star rating in overall and side impact safety, as well as four stars in front and rollover crash safety.

All Avalon Hybrid models are equipped with a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are standard in Touring and Limited models. Adaptive cruise control and Toyota’s Pre-Collision System (forward collision warning with brake assist) are only available in the Limited trim.

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Should I Consider Another Used Avalon?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid marks the third model year of the Avalon’s fourth generation. The 2015 model received an upgraded infotainment system but otherwise saw no major changes. You may find similarly equipped 2013 and 2014 models at much lower prices. You may also want to give its nonhybrid sibling a look; the gas-only 2015 Toyota Avalon shares nearly all of the same features and equipment, with the exception of its 268-horsepower V6. Used nonhybrid Avalon models are often less expensive, but the V6 doesn’t come close to the hybrid’s fuel economy (21/30 mpg city/highway versus 40/39 mpg city/highway).

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Hybrid Is Right for Me?

Toyota offers the 2015 Avalon Hybrid in three trim levels: XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited. The Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium has a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB input, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a CD player, proximity keyless entry, cruise control, a moonroof, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. The XLE Touring trim adds a larger 7-inch screen, navigation, an app suite, and blind spot monitoring. The Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited trim adds heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, tri-zone climate control, and a power rear sunshade. Available features include adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake assist (Limited trim only).

All Avalon Hybrids are covered by a transferrable eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid warranty. You may want to shop for a certified pre-owned Avalon as well. Toyota offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and extends the original 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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2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

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

The Lexus ES Hybrid, also known as the ES 300h, has much in common with the Avalon Hybrid. Both share the same engine, hybrid drivetrain, and fuel economy ratings. Both also have roomy interiors, smooth ride quality, and high reliability. The Lexus offers a few extra safety features including parking sensors. The Avalon is the better buy, however. Not only are used models typically much less expensive, but the Avalon’s touch screen is easier to use, and there’s little difference in material quality between both cars.

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

The Toyota Camry Hybrid also shares its hybrid system with the Avalon, and each offers refined driving dynamics, near identical fuel economy, and similar interior space. The Camry’s interior isn’t as luxe as the Avalon’s, but you’re likely to find comparably equipped used models for thousands less. We named the Camry Hybrid our 2015 Best Hybrid Car for the Money.

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