2013 Toyota Avalon Gets Hybrid Engine for First Time
Toyota has released more details on its 2013 Toyota Avalon flagship, which debuted earlier this year at the 2012 New York Auto Show. One of the biggest changes to the all-new Toyota Avalon, besides its appearance, is the availability of a hybrid powertrain, a first for the full-sized sedan. The 2013 Toyota Avalon gets an estimated 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, for a combined 40 mpg while still getting 200 horsepower. Toyota achieved these figures partially from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline/electric motor and CVT powertrain under the Avalon's hood, but also by reducing the full-sized sedan's weight from the previous 2012 model. The 2013 Toyota Avalon can also run exclusively under electric power up to 25 mph up to a mile in range, saving additional fuel. Besides the hybrid powetrain, the all-new Avalon will continue to be offered with the 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission from the previous generation. Toyota has refined the engine, and V-6-equipped Avalon models get an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. V-6 powered 2013 Toyota Avalon models are now offered with four power modes (Eco, Normal, Sport) for greater drive control, with a manumatic standard to allow drivers to row through the gears. Certain 2013 Avalon models are also equipped with paddle-shifters for a more "sporty" experience. The all-new 2013 Toyota Avalon is slightly smaller than its predecessor, though interior space is remains the same. Toyota has heavily revamped the interior for a more luxurious feel to the point that we wonder if luxury sibling Lexus will feel some competition, especially the upcoming Lexus ES, which we reviewed recently. We'll see. Toyota has not released pricing information on the 2013 Avalon at the time of this post, though we honestly don't see a significant price change from the 2012 Toyota Avalon, which starts around $33,000. Source: Toyota
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