I started the Hybrid sedan research 3 months ago. I decided on the Lexus es300h - I put the deposit and ordered the car with the features I wanted. During the 3 week wait for the Lexus I saw the Avalon Hybrid online. During lunch I decided to go take a look, but didn't have time for a test drive. The exterior comparison was about the same for me; almost the same side profile look. The front & back of the car is different, but I liked both the same. The Interior was the difference maker. The Avalon just felt better and the controls made more sense. Plus the fact with the Limited Avalon model compared to the Lexus had more features than the Lexus and was $4500 cheaper!
What an amazing car. My wife and I took our '11 Avalon in for service and drove out with the '13 Hybrid. We drove Prii and the Camry Hybrid and there was no comparison to the Avalon Hybrid. Smooth, quiet (quietest car I've driven at 70/75!), handles much more securely than the '11, lots of room, great job on the interior making it both inviting and sporty. We were concerned about the CVT trans and the power and boy were we proven wrong. Not as strong as the V6 but pretty darn close. Transition from gas engine to electric is seamless and no 'rubberband' feel like on many CVTs. . Visibility is excellent. Overall a superb upgrade to the previous model and an excellent upscale sedan!
Just traded wife's 2005 Acura TL w/Navi for the Touring edition Avalon Hybrid. My first wow was the price we acutally paid was only $3500 more than what we paid 8 years ago for the TL. The Avalon is so much more sophisticated and so well executed. Small side note is that the owner's manual is a must-read (there are so many small items available on this model) and is actually well-written and organized. Even during first week of operation it is easy to see vehicle will likely live up to EPA rating. Toyota gently seduces you into becoming a fuel-efficient driver and supports that conversion with a sophisticated hybrid drive system. Love the ride, the quietness, spaciousness and hybrid.
This is my initial review of a 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Touring model, after three days of driving it. I love this car. It's huge Â– about the size of the Jaguar XJ VDP s/c it replaced, with a bigger trunk, too. It's the quietest car I've ever driven, too. How Toyota coaxes 40 mpg out of this size car, and still makes it scoot, is a mystery. It's got gobs of low-down electric torque. Even though 0-60 is around 8 seconds, real-world it feels much quicker than that. In-gear passing is stupendous Â– no waiting for engines or turbos to spool up, just mash the throttle and watch the mph climb. Styling: all subjective, of course, but I like the new design. Has a bit of Audi A7 in the rear.
I went to the dealership planning to buy a Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE, but left with the Avalon hybrid instead. This 2013 Avalon hybrid kept catching my eye. It looked so good! I drove the Camry Hybrid, but the interior/exterior design was so plain I just couldn't take it. When I got into the Avalon Hybrid, I fell in love with it. It was sexy, classy, had an EXCELLENT sound system, and a sporty ride. I am worried about mpg. I have 250 miles on it and seem to averaging about 30 mpg in the city. I hope the mpg is lower because it is cold and I run the heat a lot. Still better than any non-hybrid on the market for city driving (except the Volkwagen diesel).
Pedal overlap only hurts acceleration. Without that, though, every run is the same as the next. Linear, quiet acceleration regardless of mode (Eco, Sport) Drive/S-Drive also doesn't make a difference at WOT. Reasonably responsive transmission.
In stark contrast to the utterly seamless blending of hybrid power, the regen brakes have non-linear response in typical driving. Braking distances, however, are average and brakes resist fade well.
Slalom: ESC is truly off so the Avalon can over-rotate in a slow-motion kind of way. Quickest way through is to be tidy, which isn't always easy considering how slow the steering is. Response is OK, just needs more input than you might expect. ESC is predictably conservative and punishes quick inputs with drastic measures. Skid pad: I love the steering wheel itself since it lends a sense of sportiness, but the feedback feels artificial -- better than that of Camry, but just barely. Very similar results with ESC on/off as the limit-understeer throttle closure happens at the same time whether it's me or the computer doing it.