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2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

What’s new

  • The Toyota Avalon Hybrid returns unchanged for 2020
  • Part of the fifth Avalon generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard advanced safety features
  • Efficient hybrid powertrain with little sacrifice
  • Upscale cabin is quiet and roomy
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • No Android Auto integration
  • Limited headroom front and rear
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MSRP Range
$37,000 - $43,300
MSRP Starting at
$37,000
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$34,326
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$34,326 - $39,906

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2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review

Traditionally, there have been some significant downsides to picking a hybrid version of a regular sedan. The hybrid is usually slower, less practical because of a smaller trunk (need to stick that big old battery pack somewhere) and styled with dorky-looking wheels and blue, green or teal accents.

But the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid flips that script.. While still slow — nearly 1.5 seconds slower than the non-hybrid Toyota Avalon V6 in 0-60 mph acceleration — the hybrid generates quick and satisfying low-end torque for daily driving and returns up to 44 mpg combined while doing it. The hybrid also only costs $1,000 more than the standard Avalon. Given what you'd likely end up saving on gas, you'll probably recoup that difference in just a couple of years.

The Avalon Hybrid is also surprisingly enjoyable to drive. You can guide it into turns with confidence since the suspension feels stable and body roll is well-controlled. Swap out the low-friction tires for some proper all-season rubber and the Avalon might show some real swagger.

And that battery pack? Toyota found a way to package it without compromising utility. The hybrid offers the same 16.1 cubic feet of trunk space as its non-hybrid counterpart, and the rear seats can also fold flat.

Like the regular Toyota Avalon, the hybrid offers levels of comfort and convenience that blur the line between Toyota and its Lexus luxury brand. In fact, the Avalon Hybrid's fiercest competitor might just be from across the hall. Stretch your budget just a little further and you're in the Lexus ES 300h.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.9 / 10
The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a cruiser that does exactly what you'd expect — provide a comfortable ride and sip fuel in the process. But it has a few tricks up its sleeve, too. It turns out to be surprisingly capable on twisty roads, and cabin materials are near-luxury. New for the redesigned model are folding rear seats and a cargo area that offers the same amount of room as the non-hybrid.

How does it drive?

7.5
The Avalon Hybrid makes the most of its available power. The CVT automatic is responsive when you step on the gas pedal, even when you select the Eco drive mode. We recorded a 0-60 mph time of 8.2 seconds in Edmunds testing. That's slower than V6-powered rivals, but we think most buyers will find this acceptable for the considerable gains in fuel economy.

Braking feels natural in most situations thanks to an imperceptible transition from regenerative to regular brakes. We measured a panic-stop performance from 60 mph in 126 feet, which is around the class average, though the sounds our test car made in the process were a bit more alarming than usual. Despite its luxury cruiser attitude, the Avalon Hybrid is surprisingly fun to drive around tight corners and maintains its composure surprisingly well.

How comfortable is it?

8.5
All-around comfort is the primary reason you'd consider a sedan like this, and the Avalon Hybrid delivers. The ride is cushy without feeling buoyant like some rivals. The seats are welcoming too, with soft leather and compliant cushions. Our Limited trim test vehicle had heated and ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel, all of which worked well. The rear outboard seats are also heated in the Limited.

Like most hybrids, the Avalon isn't immune to the shudder that passes through the cabin as the gasoline engine fires up. The hybrid system can also produce some low-volume but high-pitched whirring noises while the car is stopped.

How’s the interior?

7.5
The Avalon's interior is a pleasant place to spend time in, though there are some faults. Some controls and buttons are out of reach or hard to find, especially the ones near your left knee. The Avalon also sits rather low, which may present a problem to passengers who are less limber. We're also not enamored of its size. Despite being more expensive, the Avalon isn't much larger than a Toyota Camry, and there's less rear headroom due to the Avalon's raked roof.

Otherwise, the Avalon's cabin is quite nice. Most drivers will find an agreeable position, as the steering wheel and driver's seat both offer a useful range of travel. Rear visibility is good overall, though the rear shelf is high.

How’s the tech?

8.0
The redesigned Avalon gets Toyota's latest infotainment system, which now features Apple CarPlay. There are plenty of USB ports plus an optional wireless charging pad. Passengers jockeying for a free port is effectively a thing of the past.

The touchscreen has a bright, attractive display and an easy-to-use integrated navigation system. As with most systems, you cannot enter a new address while moving. For that, you have to use the voice command system, which is frequently confused and has limited point-of-interest search.

Most of the Avalon's driving aids are standard and work well, though adaptive cruise control has a tendency to leave a large gap between you and the car in front.

How’s the storage?

8.0
Most big sedans have a cavernous trunk, and the Avalon Hybrid is no exception. In fact, the trunk is the same size as the regular Avalon's — 16.1 cubic feet. While there's no longer a pass-through, the rear seats can fold down to increase cargo space.

Interior storage is similarly generous, at least for those in front. The center armrest has room similar to what you'd find in an SUV, and there's a nicely sized bin in front of the shifter, which also houses the wireless charging pad. The door pockets aren't large, which limits storage in the back, but overall it's quite good.

The car-seat anchors and generous interior space make loading a child seat a breeze.

How economical is it?

8.5
The Avalon Hybrid Limited is rated at 43 mpg combined (43 city/44 highway). It's a little thirstier than midsize sedans such as the Honda Accord Hybrid (48 mpg combined) and the Camry Hybrid (46 mpg combined), but it's far more efficient than the standard Avalon (26 mpg).

Is it a good value?

8.0
Though the Avalon Hybrid has some hard touch points, its interior materials are a clear step above those in the Camry. There are even a few surprises in the form of premium-looking quilted stitching on the seats and doors.

The Avalon Hybrid is only marginally more expensive than an identically equipped Avalon, though a similarly equipped Lexus ES 300h doesn't cost too much more. The basic and powertrain coverage is average for the class. Toyota also offers free scheduled maintenance for your first two visits.

Wildcard

7.5
You'll be impressed by how enjoyable the Avalon Hybrid is to drive. Handling is composed, even though grip is ultimately low, and body roll is well-controlled. The only real downside is the powertrain's slowish acceleration.

Is there personality here? No, not really. Other than the oversized front grille, the Avalon is conservatively styled and accomplishes exactly what you'd expect.

Which Avalon Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?

The 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid in Limited trim should satisfy the typical large-sedan buyer. It forgoes the sporty touches of the XSE model in favor of more Lexus-like luxurious refinement. It's also the only trim eligible for rear parking sensors with cross-traffic braking and a surround-view camera.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid models

The 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is classified as a midsize sedan by the EPA, but we consider it more of a full-size sedan. It's available in XLE, Limited and XSE trims, and it's helpful to think about these as base, luxury and sport trims.

Power comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine augmented with two electric motors. Combined output is 215 horsepower channeled through a continuously variable automatic transmission to drive the front wheels.

The base XLE satisfies most buyers with features, such as LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, heated and power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, and 60/40-split folding rear seats.

Tech features include Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay, a 9-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Toyota Entune system with smartphone-based navigation, four USB ports, and an eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio.

A nice complement of driver safety aids also comes standard: forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.

The Limited trim adds premium touches such as a sunroof, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, a head-up display, and a 14-speaker premium JBL audio system.

The sporty XSE trim builds on the XLE's features with larger wheels, the sunroof, aluminum interior accents and suede-trimmed seats.

An Advanced Safety package with rear parking sensors and surround-view parking camera is also available for the Limited.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

5 star reviews: 83%
4 star reviews: 17%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.8 stars based on 6 total reviews

Trending topics in reviews

  • comfort
  • spaciousness
  • driving experience
  • interior
  • technology
  • ride quality
  • fuel efficiency
  • seats

Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Love my Limited hybrid
Glenn,
Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The comfort and smooth ride is next to none. Love the technology and MPG. If there was one downfall it would be the front seat room side to side (I'm 6'5"). Gorgeous car!

5 out of 5 stars, 2020 Avalon Hybrid Limited
Ron,
Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Excellent car, great features, comfortable, and well worth the price.

5 out of 5 stars, Answer to prayer!
Candace atl,
XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Lots of room inside & trunk great visibility quiet on freeway beautiful superior consumer reports

5 out of 5 stars, Great Car
Gray,
Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

Best rated sedan by one of the best rating services. Great ride and am looking forward to a large sedan with 43 MPG.

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Features & Specs

Limited 4dr Sedan features & specs
Limited 4dr Sedan
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MSRP$43,300
MPG 43 city / 43 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower215 hp @ 5700 rpm
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XLE 4dr Sedan features & specs
XLE 4dr Sedan
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MSRP$37,000
MPG 43 city / 44 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower215 hp @ 5700 rpm
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XSE 4dr Sedan features & specs
XSE 4dr Sedan
2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT
MSRP$39,500
MPG 43 city / 43 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower215 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Avalon Hybrid safety features:

Pre-Collision System
Warns if a front collision is imminent and will apply the brakes automatically if the driver doesn't respond in time.
Lane Departure with Steering Assist
Alerts the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane and steers the car back if no action is taken.
Intelligent Clearance Sonar
Indicates how close the rear bumper may be to objects and applies the brakes automatically if a collision is imminent.
NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.5%

Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. the competition

Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. Honda Clarity

You can get a Honda Clarity in three flavors: full electric, hydrogen fuel cell (if you're in California) and plug-in hybrid. The EV-only model has a limiting 89-mile range, which makes the plug-in hybrid the best Clarity to take on the Avalon Hybrid. Unlike the Avalon, the Clarity can travel up to 48 miles under electric-only propulsion, which could make fuel stops rare for the right commute.

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Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. Lexus ES 300h

Ironically, the Avalon Hybrid's toughest competitor might be from within its own family. The Lexus ES 300h is priced comparably to the Avalon Hybrid and offers more luxury features. However, the Lexus' infotainment system is abysmal. The Avalon's isn't great, but at least it's better. Fortunately, Apple CarPlay is now available on both models.

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Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. Honda Accord Hybrid

The Accord is less a competitor to the Avalon Hybrid than it is to the smaller Camry Hybrid, but many shoppers considering the Avalon will likely also have the Accord on their radar. While the Accord Hybrid is shorter in length than the Avalon, its cabin is as roomy as the Toyota's on just about every measurement, including headroom and legroom. It's also got a slightly larger trunk.

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FAQ
Is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Avalon Hybrid both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Avalon Hybrid gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 6 reviews) You probably care about Toyota Avalon Hybrid fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Avalon Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 43 mpg to 44 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Avalon Hybrid has 16.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid:

  • The Toyota Avalon Hybrid returns unchanged for 2020
  • Part of the fifth Avalon generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid reliable?
To determine whether the Toyota Avalon Hybrid is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Avalon Hybrid. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Avalon Hybrid's 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Avalon Hybrid and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Avalon Hybrid gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 6 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Avalon Hybrid is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The least-expensive 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $37,000.

Other versions include:

  • Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $43,300
  • XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $37,000
  • XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) which starts at $39,500
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What are the different models of Toyota Avalon Hybrid?
If you're interested in the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, the next question is, which Avalon Hybrid model is right for you? Avalon Hybrid variants include Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT). For a full list of Avalon Hybrid models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview

The 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Avalon Hybrid Sedan. Available styles include Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Avalon Hybrid 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Avalon Hybrid.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Avalon Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?
2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,804. The average price paid for a new 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $5,802 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,802 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,003.

The average savings for the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 12.7% below the MSRP.

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2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,945. The average price paid for a new 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $5,318 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,318 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36,627.

The average savings for the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XSE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 12.7% below the MSRP.

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2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)

The 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,214. The average price paid for a new 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is trending $4,808 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,808 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $34,406.

The average savings for the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) is 12.3% below the MSRP.

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Which 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrids are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

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