New 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid brings a small changes and improvements. As a flagship sedan in Toyota’s lineup, Avalon has much to prove and it does it as a pro. Besides the conventional models which feature potent V6 engine, there’s a whole lineup of hybrids which offer impeccable fuel efficiency together with the same borderline luxury feature list.
All three Avalon hybrids: XLE Premium, XLE Touring and Limited are offered with the same powertrain which consists of a 2.5L 4-cylinder petrol engine and a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor. Together with a sealed nickel-metal hydride battery pack and a CVT transmission, these full-size sedans develop 200 hp of a net system hybrid output.
2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Design
There’s no real difference between hybrid and conventional models beside the blue Toyota’s badge instead of a silver one which can be found in petrol models, and a hybrid badge out back. Front end fascia consists of a big open-mouth lower air intake which takes most of the front end, and a chrome-bound upper airdam with aforementioned badge on it. From the profile, Avalon shows its splendor and elegance, but the rear end with huge split trapezoid tail-lights steals the show.
Interior is riddled with fine, soft-touch materials including wood grain dash accents and both standard and perforated leather seat upholstery. Dash itself is covered in some leather, and so is the large armrest found conveniently between the front seats. Only real difference that hybrid models have is the gauge cluster which shows hybrid system power meter instead of a tachometer. Otherwise, asymmetric dashboard holds the same infotainment system based on either 6.1 or 7-inch touch screen display with standard navigation in Limited models.
The same Limited trim benefits from a few more unique features which other models don’t get and include heated rear seats and white ice interior ambient lighting, for instance. Safety features are available in abundance and either as standard, available or optional, Avalon offers a rearview camera, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision system.
MPG and Price details
Avalon hybrids are among the most fuel-efficient vehicles and not only inside their own class. With the ratings of 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, these flagship sedans can compete with much smaller vehicles without much effort.
The most affordable Avalon hybrid is the base XLE Premium model which costs $35,555. XLE Touring models up the ante for a bit with a price tag of $36,750, while the distinctive Limited models cost at least $41,400. But, finally price depends of the destination.
2015 Toyota Avalon hybrid is a good-looking comfortable full-size sedan which might cost a lot, but has great fuel economy ratings for its size. For all those who want more than a mid-size vehicle, Avalon should be near the top of the wish list, especially in its hybrid form.