Today, most large family sedans offer spacious interiors, lots of features and large luggage. But no one offers fuel efficiency like the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. That’s because Avalon Hybrid uses a combination of four-cylinder engine and electric motor to achieve EPA 40 mpg combined driving. It’s not comparable to what you get from the Toyota Prius and Honda Accord Hybrid, but still impressive considering the size of the Avalon Hybrid and its many useful features.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is four-door full-size sedan available in three trim levels: XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Limited. For the non-hybrid Toyota Avalon click here.
Standard features for the XLE Plus include keyless ignition and entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic high beams, a power rear window sunshade, a sunroof, heated side mirrors, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, dual-zone climate control, heated and power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a 7-inch touchscreen with voice controls, Toyota Entune interface, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker sound system with CD player, a USB input and satellite radio.
The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium gets foglights, driver-seat memory settings, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, a wireless smartphone charging tray, the Entune Premium Audio system, smartphone app integration and a nine-speaker audio system.
The Avalon Hybrid Limited get all above features plus automatic wipers, xenon headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, heated rear seats, Safety Connect emergency notification and roadside assistance services and an 11-speaker JBL premium sound system.
All the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor fed by a trunk-mounted battery pack. Together this combination produces 200 horsepower and sent it to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). In performance testing, the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, which is respectably quick for a hybrid sedan. EPA estimates fuel economy returns 40 mpg in combined driving (40 mpg city/39 mpg highway).
The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a sophisticated and stylish interior that is enhanced with the use of upscale materials. The front seats are supportive and comfortable and have various adjustments. At the rear, the seat is as spacious as you would expect in a large sedan, and the Limited heated rear seat and power rear window cover adds further comfort.
The Avalon Hybrid interior also features a number of useful storage space such as large central console compartments and smaller bins for personal items. A small space in the center console is equipped with a pass-through cable to charge the phone battery using a USB or 12 volt outlet. This space is also home to Qi’s wireless charging system that works with compatible phones.
For utilities, the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid offers a healthy 14 cubic feet of cargo capacity, just 2 cubic feet less than regular Avalon.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Avalon is now available at the dealership. As a carryover, the price strays not too far from the current model MSRP, which ranges from $38,185 to $43,485 (include destination fees).
In this range, the Avalon Hybrid competes with the Honda Accord Hybrid ($30,480 to $36,830) and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid ($36,095 to $48,755).