2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: First Look

AvalonHybrid

  • Competes with: Volkswagen Passat TDI, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  • Looks like: The new, gaping-maw Avalon with hybrid badging and a blue-tinted Toyota logo
  • Drivetrain: 200-horsepower (combined), 2.5-liter four-cylinder with two electric motor-generators and electrically variable transmission; front-wheel-drive
  • Hits dealerships: Fall 2012

Toyota fans may recall the automaker's plans two years ago to launch six new hybrids by 2012. One of them will be the 2013 Avalon, which gets a hybrid variant — a first for the full-size sedan. Toyota didn't say when the Avalon Hybrid will go on sale, but we expect it to be close to the regular Avalon's on-sale date later this year.

As with the redesigned Camry Hybrid, the Avalon Hybrid employs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that has two electric motor-generators which add power and regenerate energy for the battery, which rests behind the rear seats. Trunk capacity is 14.3 cubic feet, about a 10 percent drop from the regular Avalaon's 16.1 cubic feet. Both new versions of the Avalon come with a fixed backseat, so that shouldn't be a deterrent for folks opting for the hybrid.

Toyota says the system combines for 200 hp and should be good (the EPA estimates) for 40 mpg city and 39 mpg highway, for a combined 40 mpg. Driver-selectable Eco and Sport modes emphasize efficiency or responsiveness, while the EV mode increases the thresholds for electric operation so you can cruise gas-free at low speeds for up to a mile.

Details on interior or exterior changes are few, but exterior photos show requisite hybrid decals and blue-tinted Toyota badges. Full-size cars seem an unlikely candidate for hybridization, but the Avalon's recent weight loss — dropping more than 100 pounds with this 2013 redesign — may have helped the case. Toyota says the 2013 Avalon Hybrid weighs just 97 pounds more than the 2013 Avalon, which makes it lighter still than 2012's regular Avalon.

The Avalon Hybrid has no direct competitors, but shoppers might also consider a large family car like the Volkswagen Passat TDI (30/40 automatic; 31/43 mpg manual) or an entry-luxury sedan like the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (mileage still TBD). As we know more, we'll pass it on. For now, check out the photos below.

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Comments 

nice car. everything under the hood looks clean and clear. Looks fast!

Javier De La Cruz

Love this new re-design
i can't wait to get one.. probably the V6 loaded

i will consider the hybrid depending on the drive. if its smooth, and if its not sluggish at all

JR

Buick Lucerne eAssist seems like closest competition, although it's a mild hybrid.

Parrots

I'm disappointed Toyota didn't fix the mouthpiece grille as a styling differentiation for the hybrid. At least it looks better than the ES with the hood not fitting the front bumper properly...

Mr. Dad

So...any word on a hybrid Sienna too?

Dawei

so it just luxury version of Camry .....200hp-4

Jim

I own an avalon as does my best friedn and several neighbors... the 2013 looks like a larger mouth bass with wheels. I'm very upset with the front end,

Ray

I've waited a year for this hybrid and now within 6 months I can replace my 06 avalon. Thx Toyota

It's looks real nice!I can't wait for the 2013!

nick

IF THE NEW AVALON HYBRID IS ANYTHING LIKE MY 2007 CAMRY HYBRID, AND I HAVE NO WORRY THAT IT WILL BE A PROBLEM, WE HAVE ANOTHER WINNER. GO TOYOTA...I HAVE A 2006 LEXUS RX 400h,HYBRID...BOTH MY CARS RATE TOPS WITH US.. I HAVE HAD VOLVO,MERCEDES, PEUGEOT,VW,SUBARU, LEXUS,HONDA.....AND UNFORTUNATELY,JEEP,GM CARS. TOYOTA ALWAYS RATES THE BEST QUALITY WITH US...........

ed

I own a 2000 Avalon and love it. But whoever designed the front grill on this hybrid must be an idiot.

al003

Have had many Toyotas. We love them, we now have two, a 2004 Avalon and a 2005 Sienna, both have Hydrogen assist and both get 31 miles per gallon at 75 mph. Been waiting for years for this Avalon and now they do this ugly frontend. Maybe a Camry is in my future.

Max Reid

Impala Hybrid is coming in early 2013 and has similar mileage. There will soon be a Hybrid in every model.

Plugin will be the new Hybrid.
Plugins sold more than 4,000 units in September 2012.

Better choose your next vehicle to be Hybrid if not Plugin.

Bill Laba

If it runs and handles like our 2011 Prius, they got a winner!

Kristian Alekov

If history is correct, it will get 30mpg at best, same as all other over rated hybrids (Fusion, MKZ, etc). In my book that is on par with many regular sedans and doesn't excuse the higher cost of hybrid, less trunk space, heavy batteries that eventually need to be replaced at over $10k price and marginal performance. I would take a Turbo Diesel car with enormous torque, way better fuel economy, crazy good resale value and the ability to go 500k miles without a hitch. VW Passat TDI comes to mind, most people get in the 45-50mpg range of mixed driving, with 15+ cu feet cargo and enormous back seats. At 200k miles your engine is just broken in and you will have a line of people wanting to buy it from you.. ;)

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