2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review: Green Luxury

by Aiden Eksteen

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is perhaps the finest eco-conscious warrior in the full-size sedan division. With a 176-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine at the helm assisted by a lithium-ion battery and electric motor for a combined 215 hp, it's not the most assertive warrior. But, it's one that manages to achieve excellent gas mileage figures of 43/44/44 mpg city/highway/combined while offering a comfortable cabin laden with standard features. Competitors in the fight against global warming include Toyota's own, but smaller, Camry Hybrid and, from its premium subdivision, the Lexus ES Hybrid. While the hybridized Avalon is a frugal sedan, it is rather expensive and not offered with an all-wheel-drive system - drawbacks that may have some buyers look elsewhere in the hybrid-electric realm.

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2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

Last year saw quite a few important updates, such as the arrival of Android Auto and lithium-ion technology for the hybrid battery. The 2022 model is the final model year for the Avalon and this year's changes are minor. Last year's Nightshade appearance package is now applied as standard to the XSE trim and it becomes the XSE Nightshade. A few more driver-assistance features have also been added as standard equipment, as well as a rear-seat reminder system on all trims.

Pros and Cons

  • Phenomenally frugal consumption
  • Now ships with Android Auto
  • Laden with features as standard
  • Top safety and reliability reviews
  • Driven by the front-wheels only
  • Relatively high entry prices
  • Not many packages and options

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2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XSE Nightshade
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid Limited
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive

Avalon Hybrid Exterior

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  • Length 195.9 in
  • Wheelbase 113.0 in
  • Height 56.5 in
  • Max Width 72.8 in
  • Front Width 63.0 in
  • Rear Width 63.6 in
  • Curb Weight 3,610.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Celestial Silver Metallic
  • Ice Edge
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Opulent Amber
  • Blueprint
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Supersonic Red
  • Harbor Gray Metallic

Avalon Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain

Avalon Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 42.1 in
  • Front Head Room 38.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.9 in

Avalon Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    16.1 ft³

Avalon Hybrid Safety


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid a Good Sedan?

Since its debut in 2019, the hybrid sedan impressed buyers in the USA with its semi-electric performance, taking some of the attention off the Prius. It came crammed with convenience specs and standard features, and the latest version is no different. To further add to its appeal, the Japanese automaker last year updated the hybrid battery to a more contemporary lithium-ion type and added Android Auto functionality for full smartphone integration. Because of the car's clever construction, its weight hasn't been increased too much either, and it retains capacious dimensions for passengers and their cargo. It carries the class-leading quality and reliability ratings expected from the brand and, with top-notch safety scores from the IIHS's review of the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, the sedan truly lends itself to being a consummate family carrier. The Avalon Hybrid may not be the best full-size HEV around, especially in comparison to the offerings from more premium brands, but it is certainly an ideal buy for those with a more conservative budget.

๐Ÿš˜What's the Price of the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

One can purchase the base-spec Toyota Avalon Hybrid at a price of $37,250, MSRP. The mid-spec XSE Nightshade is presented at $40,600 and the top-spec Limited at $43,550. All figures are all exclusive of US tax, registration, and licensing fees. The destination charge also adds $1,025 to the bill. The mid-spec XSE Nightshade is the variant to go for as it leaves the dealer floor outfitted with some significant exterior enhancements, most notably the Nightshade package that includes black-painted 19-inch alloy wheels and gloss black for the sports grille, mirror caps, rear spoiler, door handles, window trim, shark-fin antenna, and badging. There is also a power moonroof. It also boasts heated, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, SofTex upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and genuine aluminum interior trim for an improved cabin aesthetic. Together with upgrades such as wireless charging, steering-mounted paddle shifters, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, this trim is well worth the $3,350 upshot over the XLE.

Pricing for the Avalon Hybrid is a little higher than that of its competition, with slightly smaller HEVs such as the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid coming in at around $10,000 cheaper. These other nameplates, however, don't perform anywhere near as well as the Toyota in the large hybrid sedan segment.

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