2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.8

Inside, the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid showcases elegant styling and a profusion of premium materials. The spacious seats and quiet cabin make for a soothing ride, and every model comes with lots of tech and safety features. One of the Avalon’s shortcomings is trunk space, which is below average.

  • "Take the badge off an Avalon, and you might think you're in a Lexus, Toyota's luxury brand. In addition to its … hushed ride, the Avalon coddles with leather interior, heated front seats and nice touches like wood-grain interior trim." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The handsome Avalon Hybrid looks like a more expensive European model, inside and out. Comfort is assured by a spacious interior done up in upscale materials and featuring the latest must-have amenities, from adaptive cruise control to a touchscreen infotainment system." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Despite its newfound sporty character, you'll find that the Avalon Hybrid offers everything you've always liked about the Avalon. There's a smooth, comfortable ride, a surprisingly roomy interior and a well-crafted interior that outshines the cabin in earlier models." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The five-seat Avalon Hybrid comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. Perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat are available. The Avalon Hybrid's cabin is roomy and comfortable and offers loads of rear-seat legroom.

For caregivers using child safety seats, there are two sets of lower anchors in the Avalon Hybrid's back seat. The hardware is mounted deep in the seat cushions, but once you locate them, attaching a car seat takes little effort. Three easy-to-spot tether anchors are also present.

  • "Roominess is most apparent in the rear, where passengers have 39.2 inches of legroom, over an inch more than the Camry. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, and the armrest between driver and passenger provides good separation." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Front seats are comfortable and supportive and feature a wide range of adjustability. In back the seats are as spacious as you'd expect in a large sedan, and the Limited model's heated rear seats and power rear window sunshade only add to the comfort level." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "While the Avalon is 2.7-inches shorter overall than its predecessor, its cabin is as spacious as ever. There's ample room for five to sit in stretch-out comfort." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Interior Features

The standard infotainment system in the Avalon Hybrid consists of Toyota's Entune interface, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, a USB port, and an eight-speaker audio system. Dual-zone climate control, a moonroof, and a proximity key round out the standard interior features. Standard safety features include 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 beams.

Other available features include the Entune App Suite (linking the infotainment interface to apps like Slacker Radio and Pandora), wireless charging for smartphones, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker JBL audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Most find Toyota's Entune interface easy to learn and use. One distinct component with the Avalon's system is the capacitive buttons, which are less like a physical button and more like a touch screen. As a bonus, you don't have to peel off your gloves to use them.

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  • "Toyota's latest batch of infotainment options such as advanced voice recognition, mobile application integration and hard-drive-based navigation should appeal to tech-savvy buyers. The Avalon's capacitive-touch switches for the audio and climate-control functions are responsive and straightforward." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The dashboard design is much more modern than before thanks to flowing lines and a standard 6.1-inch touch screen display that controls the entertainment system. There are numerous other upscale standard features, including leather upholstery, heated front seats and a proximity key." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • Toyota is among the first automakers to offer wireless charging for Qi-compatible cell phones. We like its convenience, but it doesn't charge very quickly." -- Edmunds (2016)

Cargo

At 14 cubic feet, the Avalon Hybrid's trunk space is below average for a large car and significantly smaller alongside a half-dozen hybrids. Its standard power trunk lid, low liftover height, and various in-cabin cubbies are helpful.

  • "Out back, the Avalon Hybrid offers a trunk with a healthy 14 cubic feet of cargo capacity, just 2 cubic feet shy of the non-hybrid Avalon." -- Edmunds (2017)

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