Ad Radar
  • Automobile Magazine
Resale: $25,476
Value: Above Average Above Average
MPG: 40 city/39 hwy

2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium Hybrid

2013 Toyota Avalon Review

(0 Stars)  Rejuvenated.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The Avalon is dramatically redesigned this year, with all-new interior and exterior styling and a retuned suspension. A hybrid powertrain is offered for the first time.
Overview
Believe your eyes: this is the Toyota Avalon. One of the most conservative cars on the market is all-new and radically different. The styling is sporty and swoopy rather than boxy and stodgy. It’s not just younger-looking; it’s actually lighter by some 110 pounds. It gains a hybrid powertrain, the same one used in the Camry, to achieve 40 mpg combined. The Avalon still offers Toyota’s tried-and-true—and very smooth— 3.5-liter V-6, again paired with a six-speed automatic. Tuning and gearing changes help improve its fuel economy to 25 mpg combined. The interior, which has always been as comfortable and well assembled as in a luxury car, now looks the part as well. The stylish new dash has an organic yet sporty aesthetic that looks similar to that of the pricier Lexus GS but with a simpler control layout. We’ve yet to drive the 2013 Avalon, but Toyota promises that its stouter structure, stiffer new dampers, and sportier steering will transform the formerly fuddy-duddy driving experience. Even if the Avalon hasn’t turned into a Porsche Panamera, it should be a very compelling alternative in the full-size segment.

Expand full summary Plus

2013 Avalon XLE Premium Hybrid Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L in-line 4 DOHC with VVT-i variable valve timing
Electric / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 40 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, 40 MPG combined and 680 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
17.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 268 hp
Secondary power: 156 hp @ 5,700 rpm; 156 lb ft @ 4,500 rpm

'13 Toyota XLE Premium Hybrid Reviews

2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring 2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring
First Drive: 2013 Toyota Avalon and Avalon Hybrid First Drive: 2013 Toyota Avalon and Avalon Hybrid

'13 Toyota XLE Premium Hybrid Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
• 
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
• 
Front Air Conditioning
• 
Rear Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
• 
Auto On Headlights
• 
Compass
• 
Cruise Control
• 
Keyless Entry
• 
Power Locks
• 
Power Trunk/Liftgate
• 
Power Windows
• 
Steering Wheel Scope
• 
Trip Computer
• 
Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
• 
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
• 
Auto Day/Night Mirror
• 
Brake Assist
• 
Daytime Running Lights
• 
Driver Air Bag
• 
Engine Immobilizer
• 
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
• 
Heated Outside Mirrors
• 
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
• 
Passenger Air Bag
• 
Rear View Camera
• 
Side Air Bag(s)
• 
Stability Control
• 
Theft Deterrent System
• 
Traction Control
  Seats  
• 
Folding Rear Seat
• 
Heated Front Seats
• 
Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
• 
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
• 
iPod Connector
  Technology  
• 
Blue Tooth Compatible
• 
Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
• 
Alloy Wheels
Automobile Magazine