8.7

Overall

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Overall: 8.7
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid earns high marks when it comes to comfort and luxury, landing it a top spot in our large car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious cabin and ride quality
  • Comfortable, spacious seats
  • Well-equipped with standard features
  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Limited trunk space for a large car
  • Slower to accelerate than most

Is the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Avalon Hybrid is a great used large car. This sedan is also available as the nonhybrid Toyota Avalon, which we review separately.

The 2018 Avalon Hybrid has many standout qualities:

  • Elegant cabin with top-notch materials
  • Impressive list of standard features
  • Supportive front seats with lots of adjustments
  • Back seat has plenty of legroom
  • Composed, smooth, and easy to drive
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Segment-leading fuel economy
  • Projected costs for fuel, insurance, and repairs are low for the class

But it falls short in a few ways:

  • Less trunk space than the average midsize car
  • Doesn't accelerate quickly
  • Powertrain can drone when getting the car up to speed
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How Much Is the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

We currently do not have pricing information for the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. However, you can view listings of the 2018 Avalon Hybrid for sale on our site.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cost to Own?

The 2018 Avalon Hybrid’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $20,740, or $4,148 per year. That’s below average for a large car.

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

Toyota fully redesigned its hybrid full-size sedan for 2019. The new Avalon Hybrid is more powerful, gets better gas mileage, and has a larger trunk. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are standard, and technology such as Apple CarPlay and a surround-view parking camera are available for the first time. These changes are appealing, but you'll have to weigh whether they are worth spending around $37,000, which is the starting price for the new car.

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The 2018 Avalon belongs to a generation that began with the 2013 model year. The 2017 and newer editions come standard with safety features such as forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control. With no major changes between the 2017 and 2018 model years, consider a nearly identical 2017 Avalon Hybrid sedan instead, which likely costs less.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

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Which Used Toyota Avalon Hybrid Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid comes in three trims: XLE Plus, XLE Premium, and Limited. When it was new, Toyota didn’t offer any packages with this full-size car, so upgrades are available only in the higher trims. The best value is the XLE Premium, which gives you an assortment of convenient technology and entertainment treats.

A nonhybrid Avalon with a V6 engine is also available. We review the 2018 Toyota Avalon separately.

  • Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus: The base trim Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, and a power trunk lid. The Entune interface includes a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a USB port. Among the standard safety features are a rearview camera, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.
  • Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium: Standard features in the Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium include the Entune App Suite (links the infotainment interface to apps like Slacker Radio and Pandora), wireless device charging, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
  • Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited: The Avalon Hybrid Limited gains perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, auto-dimming side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield 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’s 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 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.

Based on our research, this coverage is about average for an affordable brands. Competitors with more comprehensive programs include Buick and Kia. Toyota's sister company, Lexus, has one of the best CPO programs around.

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How Safe Is the Avalon Hybrid?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Toyota Avalon a 2018 Top Safety Pick. It earned the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests conducted, and it received a top rating of Superior for front crash prevention. In headlight testing, the Limited trim earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for forward visibility, while the XLE Plus and XLE Premium models received the second-lowest rating of Marginal.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Avalon Hybrid an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The sedan earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover evaluations.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking
  • adaptive cruise control
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • lane departure warning with lane keep assist

Available advanced safety features:

  • rear cross traffic alert
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid or 2018 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2018 Lexus ES Hybrid ranks in the top half of our luxury midsize car rankings. Compared to the Avalon, the ES is the better option if you want first-class upgrades such as rear sunshades, ambient lighting, or a Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system. If these features aren't important to you, stick with the Toyota, which is nearly as luxurious and likely costs less.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid or 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

Redesigned for 2018, the Toyota Camry Hybrid ranks as one of the best midsize cars. Compared to the Avalon, it has less rear-seat legroom but more trunk space. The Camry is also more affordable than its larger sibling, with lower list prices and a higher fuel economy rating that saves the average driver about $250 a year. If you don't need the oversized back seat, the Camry is a better choice for most. Plus, you can achieve nearly the same level of luxury as the Avalon with the top-level Camry Hybrid XLE trim.

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2018 Avalon Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Drive?

The Avalon’s ride is smooth and stable. With steering that needs only a light touch, it doesn't take much effort to navigate this full-size sedan through city streets and parking lots. The hybrid version isn't as swift as the nonhybrid Avalon, and the powertrain can be loud, but in exchange the Avalon hybrid achieves superb fuel economy.

  • Powertrain: 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a combined 200 horsepower
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Avalon Hybrid leads the pack with the best fuel economy rating in the large car class. Compared to the nonhybrid Toyota Avalon, the hybrid saves the average driver an EPA-estimated $700 a year at the gas pump.

  • 40/39 mpg city/highway

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2018 Avalon Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Avalon Hybrid Seat?

The 2018 Avalon seats five people. Its spacious cabin gives travelers lots of room to lounge, and the front seats earn praise for their comfortable cushions and ample seat adjustments. The finish borders on luxury grade, especially in the top-of-the-line Limited trim. The interior is constructed with high-end materials and showcases sophisticated styling.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • four-way power-adjustable passenger seat

Available seating features:

  • perforated leather upholstery
  • ventilated front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The 2018 Avalon Hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. It earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Features

The Avalon comes with lots of standard features, and its infotainment system is fairly easy to use. Unlike most systems, some of its adjacent buttons are capacitive and operate like a touch screen. They work well for the most part, though some users will prefer traditional knobs and switches over these low-profile controls.

  • Standard infotainment features: the Entune interface, a 7-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, navigation, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: Entune App Suite (links the infotainment interface to apps like Slacker Radio and Pandora), wireless device charging, and an 11-speaker JBL audio system
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone climate control, a moonroof, and proximity keyless entry
  • Other available features: tri-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Dimensions

Toyota Avalon Hybrid Cargo Space

The Avalon Hybrid has a 14-cubic-foot trunk. That's smaller than the nonhybrid Avalon's 16-cubic-foot trunk, and it offers less space than most other large cars.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 3 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,594 to 3,638 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Built?

Toyota built the 2018 Avalon Hybrid in Kentucky.

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