2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid User Reviews
- $35,555 - $41,400
- No trim specified for this review
- Excellent fuel economy. Quiet, smooth ride. Power for a Hybrid!
- Entune doesn't work well with iPhone 5. Sensitive touch buttons.
Purchased As New
We had our 2011 Avalon in for service and decided to drive this vehicle. Both my wife and I were worried about the power as we loved the 3.5L V6 in the '11; however, we drive a lot and thought we'd try it out since we loved the updated styling, which is much edgier, in our opinion, than the '11, which was truly a car that blended into the background. First impressions as we sat inside were that Toyota made a major effort to make the cockpit inviting and sporty, yet comfortable. Materials and fit and finish are all superb. We had driven three different Prius' and considered the Camry Hybrid; however, this Avalon just blows them ALL out of the water. The interior is whisper quiet, comfortable and you can't tell when the gas engine kicks off and on at all- its a seamless process. Handling put the '11 to shame and we both felt safer and more in control in the '13, although the '11 never made us feel 'unsafe'. Power is right there when you need it and, although not quite as strong as the 3.5L V6, it is pretty darn close and more than adequate for passing and you feel more in control than I did passing in our '11, which seemed to float at higher speeds and when making focused maneuvers. Most CVT transmissions we have driven in the past have been barely, if at all, adequate. In fact, my wife absolutely hated CVTs until we drove this Avalon. Both of us were shocked at how well it works in this car. After out test drive, we went back and just bought the car and haven't looked back. Toyota truly did it's homework in the development of this car. We considered the Limited trim; however, all of them that were available had the tech package and this added about $6k to the price of the Touring. Ride and quiet were identical between the two and the only two things we would have liked from the Limited were the ventilated front seats (touring ones only heat) and the photo-chromatic outside mirrors, so we decided to save thousands and get the Touring. You pay about $1750 more to get the Hybrid drivetrain and at our 20k miles per year that we put on our car, we should make that up pretty quickly at the additional 15mpg overall that you get. Our first two tanks of gas, with combined City and Hwy driving, yielded 38.8mpg. I can only see this going up as the vehicle breaks in and we both learn to drive the vehicle more efficiently. We didn't go into the dealership to buy this car; however, it truly sold itself to us and we are very happy in our choice; and, to top it off, some friends came by and we took them to dinner and they exclaimed that it was every much, to them, a Lexus in Toyota clothing. They should know, as that's what they own! Our only beefs with the car at this time are Entune, which doesn't play well with iPhone 5 (yet?) and center dash touch buttons that can be activated with just a slight brush of your hand. Toyota promises an upgrade for Entune, and I'm hoping we'll get used to the buttons.
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