Back in April when Toyota unveiled the newly redesigned 2013 Avalon, not much except the overall design was really talked about, until now. For the first time ever, Toyota customers can now opt for a hybrid powertrain on their Avalon sedan. While the fact that Toyota is adding Hybrid Synergy Drive to any of its product offerings comes as absolutely no surprise (except maybe if they offered a hybrid FJ Cruiser), what’s surprising is the fuel economy – 40 MPG City / 39 MPG Highway – which is incredible for such a large sedan to achieve. Also substantiating the availability of a hybrid powertrain on the Avalon is the fact that the new 2013 Lexus ES 300h uses the same system and the same platform.
As with all Toyota vehicles equipped with Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Avalon features EV, ECO, and SPORT modes. Under ideal conditions, the Avalon can travel at speeds up to 25 mph for up to approximately one mile under battery power alone. With a total system output of 200 horsepower, the Avalon Hybrid offers plenty of power to make any commute a breeze without any drawbacks.
The Avalon and Avalon Hybrid are expected in showrooms by the end of 2012.