Mike West Road Test: 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

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Here’s more proof that Toyota can build a good-looking car packed with technology for a decent price.

Meet the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Limited. Sure it’s a bit slower than the standard fossil fuel burning 268 horsepower V6 version, but most people know that they sacrifice peppiness for sippiness — which isn’t a word. Power on the Avalon and 156 horsepower 4 and the 141 electric motor and you are quietly on your way, unless you attempt to drive this car like the gas only version, which will cause the gas-powered portion to kick in.

The software is programmed to allow electric only cruising at speeds of up to 45 and 50 miles per hour. Hit the pedal and the gas portion seamlessly takes over. Check out the combined mileage. It will vary depending on your driving habits.

This is the Limited version that comes with a load of technology, like a 7-inch Entune infotainment system, heated and cooled seats, and nice HID headlamps. Spend about 2 grand more and you get even cooler stuff like adaptive cruise, auto high beams a wireless phone charger and fancy floor mats. All of this and more will set you back nearly $45,000.00, which puts you into Lexus territory.

This Avalon is the nicest hybrid I’ve tested.  It’s good looking, drives well, sips gas and it oozes luxury.

Cockpit of the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid (photo via Toyota)

Cockpit of the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid (photo via Toyota)

Specs

DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline-4, 156 hp, 156 lb-ft; permanent-magnet electric motor, 141 hp nickel-metal-hydride battery pack

Continuously variable automatic transmission

Curb Weight 3676 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 8.4 sec

40/39 MPG Your Mileage Will Vary

Price as tested $44,850.00

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