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Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid

model. 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
price. $37,000
as tested. $42,684 (incl $930 dest)
seating/style. 5-passenger/4-door sedan
powertrain. 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
transmission. electronic CVT
driveline. FWD
fuel economy. 43/43/43 city/highway/combined
available. now
words. Rebecca Lindland
visuals. Rebecca Lindland

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I park the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid and a young man says, “That’s a nice looking car!” in a sea of high-end vehicles. I got that a lot wherever I went in Greenwich. The Avalon packs a lot of style in a four-door sedan, with sharp lines, black accents, and a trendy huge grille.

The Avalon hybrid also packs a lot of fuel economy into its CVT-powered 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Selectable driving modes consist of “Eco”, “Normal,” and “Sport.” Eco was good in the city, but too restrained on the highway. Sport added an athletic feel, with tighter suspension and steering, great for twisties and a more dynamic experience. I spent most of my time in Normal and averaged 40 MPG over about 150 miles of typical driving, below the estimated 43 MPG but still excellent.

The interior is sharp, too, with a large, well-integrated center stack and easy-reach dials. Some materials aren’t going to wow you, but they’re well-placed and easy to learn. I used Android Auto and it worked well, as did the wireless charging pad.

Hybrid vehicles are mainstream now, and the Avalon is a first-rate addition for those needing a roomy, comfortable, and good-looking large sedan.

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