U.S. News and World Report ranks the 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid as #1 in its Best Large Cars, #2 in Hybrid and Electric Cars and the 2019 Winner – Best Car For The Money.
When it comes to global environmental leadership, Toyota is the car manufacturing industry's heaviest hitter. It sold 1.52 million electrified vehicles in 2017 alone, three years ahead of it’s 2020 target, and well on track to reach its target of selling 5.5 million vehicles by 2030. Toyota’s Avalon Hybrid, one of the company’s flagship cars, is helping the auto giant achieve its Environmental Challenge 2050 goals. Those goals include reducing average CO2 emissions during operation of new Toyota vehicles by 90% from Toyota’s 2010 global level. Toyota is well on its way to meeting this priority.
Toyota has completely redesigned its popular Avalon for 2019. It’s body revision offers dramatic, curving flairs, and a new “face” – a massive, sportier Lexus-like grill. Strong character lines and sculpted surfaces accentuate Avalon Hybrid’s low, wide stance, creating a sleek silhouette that’s unmistakable.
Though many car manufacturers are ending their large sedan lines, Toyota’s marketing experts are convinced there’s still plenty of life in Avalon. Since 1993, around 1.4 million Avalons have been sold in the USA. The average Avalon buyer today is 66, a few years older than the segment average. With this fifth generation Avalon, Toyota is offering a faster, more comfortable and responsive, tech-invested car than ever before.
Avalon’s wealth of technology includes: Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with an App Suite that comprises 8 speakers, a 9-inch touch-screen, AM/FM/HD Radio, an auxiliary port, one USB 2.0 media port with iPod connectivity and control, 4 USB charge ports, advanced voice recognition, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, Scout GPS Link compatible with up to 3-year trial, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay compatible, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a 3-month All Access trial.
Also standard are: Toyota’s Connected Services — Safety Connect with 3-year trial subscription, Service Connect with 3-year trial, Remote Connect with 6-month trial, Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon with up to 2 GB within 6-month trial.
In addition to its core Avalon base of affluent, mature customers, Toyota is hoping its younger-looking, younger-feeling Avalon Hybrid will bring in more youthful buyers. The car’s new sportier look has the allure to make that happen. Combining visual allure with smartwatch connectivity, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and five USB jacks, Toyota has created an appealing car for younger, tech-savvy buyers.
Along with its major exterior facelift, Avalon Hybrid’s interior has been refreshed as well. The body sits on the modern chassis of the Next Generation Camry, stretched to fit the larger Avalon. This Next Gen chassis creates better balance and a quality ride free of any disconnected, “floaty” feels on the road. Avalon Hybrid’s batteries are still placed underneath the back seat, in front of the gas tank, in a position that balances the car’s weight on its frame, and doesn’t infringe on passenger or trunk space. The rear seats can still fold flat (split-fold), keeping cargo space the same as the previous model.
With its seamless regenerative braking power, which sends energy to its batteries, and a more balanced chassis, the hybrid offers a nimbler, more controlled drive experience, making it a far better vehicle.
The vehicle’s drivetrain has been given some generational upgrades but keeps its proven-reliable Hybrid Synergy Drive components, which consist of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder ECVT hybrid engine, two electric motors, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) set for front-wheel drive. Combined output is 215 horsepower (160 kW), an increase of 15 horsepower over the 2018 model.
The 2019 Avalon Hybrid comes in three trims: Hybrid XLE ($36,650 MSRP), Hybrid XSE ($39,150 MSRP), and Hybrid Limited ($42,950 MSRP).
All three trims share the same excellent EPA-rated mileage: 43/43/43 city/highway/combined, and have an EPA-rated Total Range of 568 miles. The U.S. Department of Energy (www.fueleconomy.gov) calculates 2019 Avalon Hybrid drivers will save $3,000 in fuel costs over 5 years compared to driving a comparable new fossil fuel car.
Newatlas.com auto reviewers say: “Significantly, the 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has three things going for it: the Toyota nameplate, a huge real-world MPG return, and an easy to calculate return on investment (ROI). The Toyota nameplate is synonymous with reliability to many of the buying public and the Avalon is one of the most recognizable Toyotas thanks to it being the flagship of the automaker's sedan lineup. The 2019 Avalon has a 43 mpg EPA rating for its combined fuel economy and our time with it in the real world showed it more than capable of getting that number on a daily basis. Finally, the Avalon Hybrid models are only about US$1,000 more than their gasoline-only Avalon siblings, making the ROI for them easy to figure.”
Available features include a moonroof, wireless device charging, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, and navigation.
The 2019 Avalon Hybrid’s safety ratings are impeccable: it received a five-out-of-five overall crash test rating from the NHTSA. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in all crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick+.
Standard safety/driver assistance features include: a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of features, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Available active safety features include a head-up display, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic braking.
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