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2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Interior Review


Interior: 7.4

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid provides a high-quality interior. It's large, it looks great, and there are soft-touch materials throughout. The seats are spacious and supportive, and there are a lot of tech features. The Avalon Hybrid's trunk provides a decent amount of space for a large car.

  • "The interior sees an increase in style and quality over what already exceeded its competitors in both measures." -- Autoblog
  • "Materials and overall interior quality are strengths of all Avalons, from the XLE to the Limited. Limited models are better outfitted with new open-pore wood trim pieces and some very supple leather … that wouldn't be out of place in a luxury sedan. But even the more modestly equipped XLE has nicely wrapped leatherette … seats, while the XSE and Touring add suede inserts. It felt the part of a premium sedan to me, even on lower grades." --
  • "The spacious cabin has an upscale feel, featuring soft materials with intricate stitching and attractive open-pore wood trim. The leather upholstery on our sample vehicles is more supple than what's found in most mainstream brand models." -- Consumer Reports


The Avalon Hybrid seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and power-adjustable front seats. Leatherette and suede upholstery, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

The Avalon Hybrid's seats are comfortable and supportive in both rows, and it's easy to climb in and out of this sedan. Both rows of seats also have enough headroom and legroom for most adults.

  • "The stretched wheelbase gives backseat passengers extra legroom, not that it needed it. It's a seriously large backseat with plenty of legroom and headroom. The backseat is a place I could spend a few hours comfortably, and there are even two USB ports (five total in the car) on the back of the center storage bin to keep my phone topped off." --
  • "We also pleasure in the roominess of the cabin -- Toyota claims best-in-class room for your shoulders, knees and noggin -- and the first-class feel of the materials anywhere our hands or fingers landed." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats are pleasantly comfortable, with little side bolstering for easy entry and exit and four-way lumbar adjustment on the Limited and Touring models. There's excellent legroom all around and more than enough headroom in the back. Headroom in the front is decent, though taller drivers may find their hair brushing the headliner if you select a trim with the sunroof." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard tech features in the Avalon include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, push-button start, an eight-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and the Entune infotainment system with a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Siri Eyes Free. Available features include a moonroof, wireless device charging, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and navigation.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of features, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Available active safety features include a head-up display, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic braking.

Thanks to the 2019 redesign, the Avalon Hybrid (and its gasoline counterpart) are the first Toyota vehicles to offer Apple CarPlay. They still don't offer Android Auto, however. Beyond that, the Entune infotainment system is fairly user-friendly, though it's less intuitive than some rival's systems, particularly the available navigation system. It's also occasionally slow to respond to inputs.

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  • The software overhaul makes Entune much easier to use and understand, but it's still not my favorite tech suite on the road. Responsiveness could still use some sharpening -- the lag after a tap is still just perceptible. And while Apple CarPlay give iOS users an easy software software alternative, Android users are left out due to a lack of Android Auto compatibility. … This premium stereo system sounds amazing with a wide range of music types. … Even at high volumes with loads of bass, it doesn't distort noticeably and stages the audio nicely with good stereo separation." -- CNET
  • The 2018 model … had a poor multimedia experience, and now there's a larger standard 9-inch touchscreen that's mounted in a better position with newly standard Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity. … I still have my own issues with the multimedia system. Toyota's optional native navigation is a mess with old-looking graphics and a lack of intuitive structure. It took two of us a few minutes to figure out how to turn off the navigation route we were on and enter a new one. Too bad there was no Android Auto to connect my phone to." --
  • That changes somewhat for 2019 as the Avalon will be the first Toyota equipped with Apple CarPlay integration. (Android Auto is still conspicuously absent.) Also on board is support for Amazon Alexa, so you can issue basic commands to your car from home and vice versa." -- Edmunds


As part of the 2019 redesign, Toyota moved the Avalon Hybrid's battery to under the rear seats, opening up more trunk room. The redesigned Avalon Hybrid now has the same amount of trunk space as the nonhybrid Avalon: 16.09 cubic feet. That's excellent for a hybrid car and about average for a large car. The rear seats fold down, giving you the flexibility to haul larger items.

  • "Toyota has also moved the Avalon HV's battery pack from the trunk to under the rear seats, so this generation sacrifices none of its cargo volume relative to the V6 model's 16.09 cubic feet and keeps its rear seats' ability to fold down intact." -- CNET
  • "The 2018 model didn't have a folding rear bench, and now there's a 60/40 split-folding rear seat." --
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