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Toyota caught the automotive press somewhat by surprise with the announcement that the all-new Avalon would be available with a hybrid variant. The car’s powertrain wasn’t brought up during its reveal at the New York Auto Show, and just a few outlets guessed that a version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system used in the Camry would wind up in the Avalon.
The premium sedan uses a 2.5-liter gas engine paired with a series of electric motors in the transaxle that are juiced by a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. EV, Eco and Sport drive modes change the system’s operating parameters as you’d expect: EV for pure electric power, Eco to improve fuel economy and Sport to bring a dash of fun to the drive by altering throttle response and steering feel.
Toyota is shooting for 40-mpg fuel economy in the Avalon while providing owners with an in-car experience that’s anything but frugal, given the car’s high-end appointments and plush cabin materials. It’s a split personality that could work very well for the maker.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a four-door five-passenger sedan with a gas/electric hybrid powertrain. (A conventional gasoline-powered Avalon is also available and reviewed separately.)
The Avalon Hybrid’s drive system consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine joined with a pair of electric motors in the transaxle. The motors are fed by a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack, and total system output is rated at 200 horsepower.
As a full hybrid, the Avalon can operate using electric power alone for up to one mile at 25 mph.
Even in its standard form, the Avalon is equipped with high-end cabin materials, leather upholstery, a rear-view camera and a display audio system that uses a 6.1-inch touch screen as a controller and incorporates a USB port and auxiliary terminal input.
Optional features available on the Avalon include heated and cooled seats, a three-zone air conditioning system controlled by touch-sensitive buttons, a hard-drive-based navigation system, JBL premium audio system and dynamic radar cruise control.
The EPA has not yet rated the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid’s fuel economy, but Toyota expects the car to achieve 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined.
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