2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Sedan - Rating Details

B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic) Driven On 11/14/2012 Ratings Summary This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.

Avalon Hybrid offers a unique combination of efficiency and luxury provided by few other cars. It's an adequately sized sedan for family durties (5-person seating) which will earn consistently high fuel economy.
B
Performance Adequately powerful and endowed with enough handling prowess to satisfy buyers in this loosely defined segment, the 2013 Avalon Hybrid offers ample performance in all areas.
Acceleration
B
Requiring only 7.7 seconds to hit 60 mph is impressive for most hybrids. And, considering this a large front-drive sedan, that's a solid number.
Braking
B
As is usually the case with hybrids, the Avalon's brake pedal requires some getting used to. Most drivers will adjust to its unsusual response. Stopping distances are OK.
Steering
B
Steering weight is light in nearly every situation in the Avalon, but it isn't lacking accuracy. Very easy to drive.
Handling
C
The Avalon manages to be adequately damped to avoid feeling "floaty." Not as good during dynamic testing as some competitors, few Avalon buyers will care, however.
Driveability
B
With the exception of its brake response, the Avalon is imminently drivable. It's as user-friendly as it should be -- so much so that you'll forget you're driving a hybrid.
A
Comfort A solid combination of amenities and interior silence keep the Avalon Hybrid's comfort score high despite overall stiffening of its ride.
Seating Comfort
B
Toyota does this well. The Avalon's driver seat is both amply adjustable and long-haul pleasant. Multi-level heating is standard across styles. Passenger seat has fewer adjustments.
Ride Comfort
B
Higher spring rates and better damping control remove any floatiness from the Avalon's ride. Even in hybrid trim, there's no bouying over bumps.
Quietness
A
One of the quietest cars we've tested in recent memory. Road, wind and tire noise are virtually nonexistent.
B
Interior A big effort to improve materials quality and modernize the Avalon is obvious. Soft-touch leather adorns most surfaces depending on trim level and tasteful styling touches are present throughout.
Ergonomics
B
Most controls are intuitive and well placed. The audio system's volume knob, however, hides behind the steering wheel at night. Touchpads replace buttons for most controls.
Ingress/Egress
B
Wide door openings, ample space and comfortable seat height front and rear ease ingress/egress.
Space/Room
B
Avalon is a genuine 5-passenger sedan. Space in every dimension is more than adequate. Child seats -- even convertibles -- fit easily in the back.
Visibility
B
We observed no significant visibility shortcomings while driving the Avalon. Rear-quarter visibility is adequate. Parking sensors are optional.
Cargo/Storage
B
Trunk space (at 14 cubic feet) is very good -- especially for a car with batteries consuming some of its cargo volume.
B
Value You'll pay more for the Avalon Hybrid than you will for most of the cars with which it loosely competes. But you'll get a car that's both more efficient and nicer inside.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
Toyota's efforts to move the Avalon upscale are obvious. Panel gaps and interior assembly were good on our test car.
Features(vs. $)
B
Feature content is average for the class. Standard features: 8-way driver and 4-way passenger front seats, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, USB; Bluetooth and more.
Cost
B
Avalon is costlier than many competitors, but it's also nicer inside.
MPG
B
You'll find few cars this size which can match the Avalon Hybrid's striking efficiency. The EPA rates it at 40 mpg city and 39 highway.
Warranty
B
The Avalon comes with a pretty standard hybrid warranty -- 8 years/100,000 miles for the batteries and 5 years/60,000 miles for the powertrain.
Ownership
B
The Avalon comes with Toyota's Safety Connect system which includes crash notification and roadside assistance. The Avalon gets free maintenance for 2 years/25K miles.
B
Fun To Drive Few people will ever claim a hybrid is fun to drive, but the Avalon, because of its size, features and relative under-the-hybrid-radar styling gets a pass.
Driving Experience
B
With unobtrusive switching between modes, a silent cabin and everyday utility, drivers might not even know they're driving a hybrid, until they get to the gas pump.
Personality
B
Avalon Hybrid is a hybrid that doesn't know or care it?s a hybrid. Owners will enjoy a car with stunning economy that doesn't look like a hybrid. It makes a statement without screaming its intentions.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Sedan in VA is:

$136 per month*
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