2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Review and Road Test
The first-ever Toyota Avalon, a 1995 model, rolled off the assembly line at the automaker’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky in 1994, and it has been updated several times since. The current fourth generation model, introduced for the 2013 model year marked the debut of the Avalon Hybrid, which is built on the same platform as the Lexus ES, and also shares a hybrid design with the Camry Hybrid.
Refreshed for 2016 and unveiled at the Chicago auto show, the update left intact the powertrain, a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor that jointly develop 200 horsepower, and added a few new features.
The Avalon Hybrid’s raison d’être is its fuel economy, 40 mpg (5.9 l/100 km) in city driving, 39 (6.03) on the highway, which compares favorably to the V6 model, which gets 21 mpg (11.2 l/100 km) in town and 31 (7.6) highway.
The hybrid variant is available in three trim levels, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, and Limited. Our Sizzling Crimson Mica Avalon Hybrid Limited arrived with the one option that exists for the car, Toyota Safety Sense. This includes automatic high beams, radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.
Outside, it has a more sculpted look with a wider, lower front grille paired with a narrow upper grille, new headlights, and a chrome rear bumper accent.