2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Performance
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While most test drivers agree that the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid lacks an exhilarating driving experience, they also say that the Avalon Hybrid offers a comfortable ride and great fuel economy.
- "Except for a slight whine from the regenerative braking system, the Avalon Hybrid drives fully as confidently as the conventional V6 version. That's not a surprise. After all, every part in the package has been well proven in the Camry Hybrid." -- Edmunds
- "While its performance abilities may not leave you grinning from ear to ear, the 2013 Toyota Avalon delivers on its promise to provide a pleasantly sedate driving experience." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "This is the sort of inoffensive, unobtrusive ride that is the hallmark of a modern Toyota sedan. Enthusiasts won't get excited about it, but it's exactly what I'd be looking for in a large premium sedan were I in the market for one." -- CNET
- "If you're looking for a large sedan with the best possible fuel economy, look no further than the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid." -- Autoblog
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor/generator, which produce 200 horsepower combined. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) routes power to the front wheels. The EPA reports that the 2013 Avalon Hybrid gets 40/39 mpg city/highway, which is exceptionally good for an affordable large car.
One reviewer says that in comparison with the gas-only Avalon, the Avalon Hybrid’s engine sounds strained. Still, other test drivers say that the Avalon Hybrid accelerates adequately, and that transitions between gas and electric power are smooth and refined.
- "Whereas the V-6 is muscular and produces a healthy exhaust note, the Hybrid's four-banger sounds embarrassed and slightly distressed." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The hybrid, for its part, isn't slow (0 to 60 in 8.2, according to Toyota) and its operation is absolutely transparent." -- Popular Mechanics
- "In normal driving, we found that the gasoline engine and electric motor deliver adequate acceleration." -- Autoblog
Handling and Braking
Most reviewers say that the Avalon Hybrid has a comfortable ride and composed handling, just like the gas-only Avalon. Still, the bulk of test drivers also write that no one is going to mistake the Avalon Hybrid for a performance car. One reviewer appreciates the Avalon Hybrid’s light steering effort, while another says that the steering feels vague, and could use improvement.
- "The 4th-generation Avalon benefits from improved steering feel, sharper suspension tuning and additional chassis rigidity without compromising the trademark ride quality." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The [steering system in the] hybrid version is a little more informative, and Toyota engineers admit that there's a difference in system electronic tuning. But both versions leave something to be desired." -- Popular Mechanics
- "The steering is light and comfortable; the suspension soaks up the bumps, but thankfully feels far from being boatlike; and the cabin is quite quiet." -- CNET