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2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid ranks in the top half of its class. It has a luxe interior and refined driving dynamics, along with great safety and predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Smooth ride
  • Roomy and luxurious cabin
  • Sensitive brakes




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Avalon Hybrid is a great pick if you’re shopping for a used large car and aren’t willing to sacrifice on fuel economy. The Avalon delivers 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. It also boasts a smooth ride, a roomy and upscale interior, many standard safety features, and an excellent predicted reliability rating.

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We’ve researched 30 Toyota Avalon Hybrid reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

At this time, we do not have dedicated pricing for the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. 

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cost to Own?

The Avalon Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $22,400 – or around $4,500 per year. That’s much lower than average for the large car class.

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

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is fully redesigned, and this new model starts at $36,500. While you can save thousands of dollars with a used 2017 Avalon Hybrid, it’s worthwhile to opt for the new model to get the benefits of the redesign. The 2019 Avalon boasts sleeker interior and exterior styling, a 4 mpg bump in overall fuel economy, Apple CarPlay, a larger 9-inch touch screen, and even more standard safety features like blind spot monitoring (previously optional).

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For a less-expensive new hybrid in the Toyota family, consider the 2018 Prius, which starts at $23,475. It can’t match the Avalon’s interior opulence, but the Prius is far more practical, offering more cargo space and superior fuel economy (up to 58/53 mpg).

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Is Best?

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid’s first generation spans the 2013 through 2018 model years. All of these models offer roughly the same features and performance, making them all good picks. Most changes involve styling and standard features. The 2013 to 2015 models have more sedate exterior styling compared to the later 2016 to 2018 models. For 2017, a number of previously optional safety features became standard, including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. An all-new Avalon Hybrid generation debuts for the 2019 model year, and it adds Apple CarPlay, sportier exterior styling, and a larger infotainment screen.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The 2017 Avalon has an excellent predicted reliability rating of four out of five points from J.D. Power.

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2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one recall for certain 2017 Avalon models that have an underinflated spare tire. Always make sure any vehicle you buy has all applicable recall repairs performed before you sign on the dotted line.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Avalon Hybrid comes in three trim levels: XLE Plus, XLE Premium, and Limited. The base model XLE Plus comes standard with a suite of advanced safety features, a rearview camera, 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a moonroof, and alloy wheels.

The base trim provides plenty of features, but the two top trims give you even more. The XLE Premium trim adds a navigation system, Entune app suite, blind spot monitoring, and Qi wireless device charging. The top Limited trim adds a JBL stereo, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, tri-zone climate control, a power rear sunshade, and rain-sensing wipers.

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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 named the Toyota Avalon a 2017 Top Safety Pick+. It received the highest rating of Good in all crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Avalon Hybrid a perfect five-star overall rating, five stars in the side impact test, and four stars in the front and rollover tests.

The 2017 Avalon Hybrid comes standard with a rearview camera and the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of active safety features, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available.

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2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid or 2017 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2017 Lexus ES 300h and Avalon Hybrid are both great cars, and they’re similar in many ways. Each has the same hybrid system, identical fuel economy ratings, similar interior space, and the same long list of standard safety features. The Lexus stands out with sleeker styling, but the Avalon Hybrid is a better pick overall. Used Avalon Hybrid models are often much less expensive than used ES Hybrid models. The Avalon Hybrid’s infotainment system is much easier to use, and there’s little difference in material quality between these upscale sedans.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid or 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid are similar in size, offer comparable safety and convenience features, and share the same powertrain and great fuel economy. The Camry Hybrid is a better value, though. Used Camry Hybrids usually cost thousands of dollars less than a comparable Avalon Hybrid. However, the Camry Hybrid doesn’t feel as luxurious on the inside as the Avalon Hybrid, which has nicer cabin materials and a more upscale design.

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2017 Avalon Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Drive?

The Avalon Hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which produce a combined 200 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard. This hybrid system scoots the Avalon around town with confidence, and it provides sufficient passing power on the highway. It’s also quiet for the most part, though the engine can drone under hard acceleration.

The Avalon also boasts a comfortable ride. Its suspension soaks up rough pavement nicely, while keeping the sedan stable around turns. The steering feels responsive, though the brakes are a bit sensitive, which is fairly typical of hybrids.

Does the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Avalon Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. That’s the best fuel economy rating in the large car class. By comparison, the non-hybrid 2017 Toyota Avalon gets 21/30 mpg city/highway.

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2017 Avalon Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Avalon Hybrid Seat?

The Avalon Hybrid is a four-door sedan with room for five. The front seats are soft and provide great support, even on longer drives. The rear seats are cozy as well, and there’s generous head- and legroom for adults in both rows. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard; ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are available. The Avalon’s interior is handsomely styled and made with quality materials. Its elegant dashboard wouldn’t look out of place in a pricier luxury vehicle.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The Avalon has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. Both of the upper tether anchors are easy to find, but the lower anchors are deep in the seat cushions.

2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Features

The Avalon Hybrid comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports, a satellite radio, CD player, and eight speakers. Siri Eyes Free is also standard, which integrates many iPhone functions with the car’s voice recognition system. Available features include navigation, a JBL stereo system, Qi wireless device charging, and the Entune app suite (includes Pandora, Yelp, and iHeartRadio, among other apps).

The touch-screen infotainment system is a breeze to use and reacts quickly. The simple audio buttons and knobs are nicely arranged on the dashboard alongside touch-sensitive climate controls, so adjustments are easy to make while driving.

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2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Dimensions

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cargo Space

At 14 cubic feet, the Avalon Hybrid’s trunk is small for a large sedan. Still, it’s functional for everyday use.

2017 Avalon Hybrid Length and Weight

The Avalon Hybrid measures 16.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,594 to 3,638 pounds, depending on trim level.

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Built?

Toyota built the Avalon Hybrid in Kentucky.

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