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in Used Large Cars $20K and up

Avg. Price Paid: $25,235 - $29,384
Original MSRP: $35,555 - $41,400
MPG: 40 City / 39 Hwy

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Interior

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Reviewers say that the all-new Avalon Hybrid has one of the nicest interiors in the class. Most write that the cabin boasts an attractive interior design and premium materials, which gives it an upscale feel. However, one critic says he was let down by the use of fake wood trim, which looks dated when compared with the Avalon’s other interior materials.

  • "Yes, the outside of the Avalon is going to attract a new generation of buyers, but it's the inside that's going to have them taking out reverse mortgages and telling their kids to settle for affordable, third-tier colleges." -- Edmunds 
  • "Unlike conventional buttons and knobs, capacitive touch switches are free of moving parts, which provide the Avalon with a clean, contemporary dash layout." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The interior appointments of the new Avalon lineup qualify as both tasteful and sumptuous, with soft materials, two grades of leather upholstery, and designer color combinations." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "We very much wish Toyota would offer some modern trim to go along with the fresh cabin's upscale leather besides the obviously fake wood with which every Avalon is fitted." -- Autoblog 

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Seating

Test drivers say you’ll be comfortable in the Toyota Avalon Hybrid no matter where you sit, thanks to its comfortable seats and expansive hip-, shoulder- and legroom. Leather-trimmed seats and heated, power-adjustable front seats are standard on all models, while heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats come with the Limited trim.

  • "Riders will find that the rear seat remains large and comfortable, though; Toyota believes it's spacious enough to test the waters of the livery market with the new model (orders accepted for black cars only, please)." -- Car and Driver 
  • "And as the abundance of glass suggests, outward visibility is good from most perspectives, affording the driver a commanding view of the road." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Like its predecessors, the latest Avalon was designed around Camry architectural elements, but it's bigger-based on interior volume, the EPA classifies it as a large car-with adult-size roominess front and rear." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "There's an abundance of room inside for five passengers, with over 40 inches of front legroom and 39.2 inches in the rear. Hip (55.1 front and 54.7 rear) and shoulder (58.2 front and 57 inches out back) are similarly generous." -- Autoblog 

Interior Features

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium comes standard with a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and Toyota’s Display Audio sound system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, eight speakers, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an auxiliary input and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include tri-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded stereo with navigation and satellite radio and radar-based cruise control.

While one reviewer praises the optional JBL stereo for its sound quality, he also says that the sound system rattled the door panels in his test car. That aside, test drivers speak highly of the Avalon Hybrid’s high-tech switchgear. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t have buttons for its audio and climate controls. Instead, these functions are selected using capacitive touch switches, which work similarly to a smartphone’s touch screen. One reviewer writes that the Avalon Hybrid’s capacitive switchgear is easy to use, noting that the Ford Taurus has a similar system that doesn’t work as well.

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  • "And, unlike the Ford Taurus, the Avalon's capacitive touch switches for the audio and climate control functions are responsive and straightforward." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "At the top is an 11-speaker JBL Synthesis system that uses an external amplifier and a pair of powered subwoofers. This system sounded pretty good during my road testing, but I noticed a rattling coming from the door panels in our test car." -- CNET 
  • "While we're sure there will still be major detractors (Consumer Reports for one), we found the Avalon's center stack intuitive and very easy to use. Perhaps because of the car's smooth demeanor, and likely due in part to the generous spacing between buttons in the Avalon, we never hit the wrong function while driving and found the layout generally easy to understand." -- Autoblog 

Cargo

Reviewers haven’t commented on the Avalon Hybrid’s 14 cubic feet of trunk space, but since the battery is mounted in the trunk, the Avalon Hybrid has 2 cubic feet less than what the gas-only Avalon offers. The Avalon Hybrid also loses the gas version’s split-folding rear seats, instead replacing them with a trunk pass-through for longer items.