2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Avalon Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
Most of today's big family sedans offer roomy interiors, plenty of standard features and large trunks. But none offer the fuel efficiency of the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. That's because the Avalon Hybrid uses a four-cylinder engine and electric motor combination to achieve 40 mpg in combined driving, according to EPA estimates. That's not quite as much compared to what you can get from Toyota's Prius or Honda Accord Hybrid, but it's nonetheless impressive given the Avalon Hybrid's size and its substantial offering of useful features. No other large sedan or hybrid crossover today can match it.
But beyond its fuel efficiency, the Avalon Hybrid is simply an excellent large sedan. Its cushioned ride and hushed cabin make it equally suited to commutes and road trips, and its roomy interior offers plenty of room for five passengers to spread out. And with standard features that include a sunroof, leather upholstery and heated seats, even the base trim level Avalon Hybrid comes well stocked. Opting up to the Limited trim brings near Lexus-like appointments and luxury. As a five-passenger, full-size sedan that achieves exceptional fuel economy, the Avalon Hybrid stands alone.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is available in three trim levels: XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Limited. All Avalons have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor fed by a trunk-mounted battery pack. Combined, the engine and electric motor generate 200 horsepower, sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a sunroof, a power rear window sunshade, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen with Toyota's Entune interface, voice controls, and an eight-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio and a USB input.
The base Avalon also comes with driver aids that include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning (with pedestrian detection), automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane departure warning and intervention.
The XLE Premium offers upgrades that include foglights, driver-seat memory settings, a wireless smartphone charging tray, and the Entune Premium Audio system, which bundles navigation, a nine-speaker audio system, smartphone app integration, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Limited includes the features listed above along with xenon headlights, automatic wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, Safety Connect emergency notification and roadside assistance services, and an 11-speaker JBL premium sound system.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid (2.5L inline-4 hybrid | CVT automatic | FWD) as well as a 2017 Toyota Avalon Limited (3.5-liter V6 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Avalon Hybrid has received some revisions, including a redesigned front end, the latest generation of the Entune infotainment system, and the inclusion of standard driver assistance features. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Avalon Hybrid.
Noise & vibration5
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out4
Child safety seat accommodation3.5
Audio & navigation3.5
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Avalon Hybrid safety features:
- Toyota Safety Sense
- Standard on the Avalon, Safety Sense includes a forward collision warning system, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.
- Toyota Safety Connect
- Available only on Limited trims, Safety Connect adds roadside assistance, stolen vehicle location and automatic collision notification.
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Paired with rear cross-traffic alert and standard on XLE Premium and above, this feature warns you of hidden objects in your blind spot.
The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid offers a unique combination of size, efficiency and luxury that you won't find in any other car in its class. As a full-size, five-passenger gas-electric sedan that achieves 40 mpg combined, the Avalon Hybrid stands alone.
The Avalon Hybrid's conservative style and handsome interior strike a lower profile than more sculpted large sedans, but it really shines in the amount of space it offers. This is a truly roomy sedan, big enough for three adults, comfortably, in the rear seat.
While non-hybrid Avalons are powered by a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, the Hybrid model uses a 156-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine augmented by an electric motor that boosts total system output to 200 horsepower. Power is routed to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission.
One significant compromise imposed by the hybrid powertrain is that the battery pack knocks total trunk space to 14 cubic feet, compared to the regular model's 16 cubic feet. Otherwise, except for a few decorative exterior distinctions, the Avalon Hybrid is hardly distinguishable from other Avalons in how it looks and drives.
There are three Avalon Hybrid models: XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Hybrid Limited. All are exceptionally comfortable, smooth-riding machines. The Hybrid Limited almost matches its luxury Lexus ES 300h counterpart for appointments, ride and operating silence. All three trim levels offer leather upholstery standard and there are no stand-alone options. The XLE Premium and Limited both include navigation and blind-spot monitoring systems.
For a large sedan, the Avalon Hybrid's fuel economy is outstanding. The EPA rates the Avalon Hybrid at 40 mpg combined (40 city/39 highway). That's not quite as high as what some hybrid midsize sedans can achieve, but as large sedans go, the Avalon Hybrid is in a class of one.
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2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview
The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Avalon Hybrid Sedan. Available styles include XLE Premium 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), XLE Plus 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Limited 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT).
What do people think of the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Avalon Hybrid 3.5 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 2018 Avalon Hybrid.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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