2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Model
|   Thursday, June 28, 2012
True to its promise that by 2020 every car Toyota produces will have a hybrid version, we now get the 2013 Avalon Hybrid. The 4 door sedan will go on sale this November. Upon arrival in showrooms, those interested will discover the Hybrid Synergy Drive system, or a variant of it anyway. This is the system found in the Toyota Camry Hybrid where it helps that sedan reach EPA ratings of 43/39 mpg.

The drivetrain sees a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder running an Atkinson cycle, with nickel-metal hydride batteries and two motors fitted into the transaxle, with gearing left in the care of a continuously variable transmission.


Power in the Avalon is rated at 200 horses. A driver will be able to select from 3 drive modes, each using power differently. The EV mode allows the car to travel on electricity alone as long as the 25 mph threshold is not overtaken. Eco mode cuts down on throttle response and HVAC output. Lastly, Sport mode adapts the Avalon Hybrid's throttle and transmission for quicker response times, suited for its name.

Even in that mode, it will definitively not compete in any tournaments, not with 8.2 seconds necessary to go from o to 62 mph. However, that wasn't the intention of such a car. The real highlighting point lies in the range achievable by the car: 680 miles without refueling. The company is expecting a combined EPA rating of 40 mpg, 40/39 more precisely.

Its big brother, the Avalon V-6 will remain faithful to its 3.5 liter V6 engine. Power stands at 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. A 6 speed automatic box acts as the transmission system, and now it has it now has a sport-shift mode and throttle blipping for smoother gear changes. The Avalon Touring and Limited models will see paddle controls for shifting glued to the automatic transmission.

Performances look like this in this case: 7 seconds for 60 mph, and a fuel economy indicator of 21/31 mpg, for a combined total of 25 mpg. Just like its sibling, 3 driving modes will be offered: Eco, Normal, Sport.

In order to arrive at the Avalon Hybrid's numbers, modifications have been operated at the weight department too, not just the engine. Given the extra weight of the hybrid drive, a total of 3600 lbs seems extremely reasonable compared to the traditionally powered car's weight of 3500+ lbs. Better construction techniques, as well as a slight downsizing have been crucial in achieving that performance. In spite of smaller sizes, trunk space has gone up 1.6 cubic feet, to 16.0 cubic feet total.

The car will come with other goodies, as well. Entune, the mobile app system that moves functionality from smartphones to the Avalon's infotainment system, an USB port, satellite radio, ambient lighting, come as standard, with options including a navigation system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a three-zone climate control system. Ten standard airbags and a rearview camera are now standard and serve to up the level of security on the car, with blind-spot monitors being optional.
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