2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Review: Green Luxury

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is perhaps the finest eco-conscious warrior in the full-size sedan segment. With a 176-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine 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 still 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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2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Avalon Hybrid?

The Japanese manufacturer has finally bestowed all versions of the Avalon with Android Auto integration for 2021, an appealing and long-awaited upgrade for non-Apple users. All models have also been installed with a Vehicle Approach Noise system that alerts pedestrians of the car's presence when driven at low speeds. And finally, the previous nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery unit has been replaced by a new, more modern lithium-ion unit to hold true to the Avalon's eco-friendly ethos.

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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2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$37,000
Hybrid XSE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$39,500
Hybrid Limited
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$43,300

Avalon Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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

Exterior Colors

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

Avalon Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

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

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

Warranty

  • 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: 🏁Is the 2021 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 has made use of a more contemporary lithium-ion battery and has thrown in 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.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

One can purchase the base-spec Toyota Avalon Hybrid at a price of $37,000, MSRP. The mid-spec XSE is presented at $39,500 and the top-spec Limited at $43,300. All figures are all exclusive of US tax, registration, and licensing fees. The mid-spec XSE is the variant to go for as it leaves the dealer floor outfitted with some significant exterior enhancements, including larger, fancier 18-inch aluminum wheels, a gloss black grille, rear spoiler, and power moonroof. It also boasts heated, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, SofTex upholstery, and genuine aluminum interior trim for an improved cabin aesthetic. Together with upgrades such as wireless charging and steering-mounted paddle shifters, this trim is well worth the $2,500 upshot over the XLE.

Pricing for the Avalon Hybrid is a little higher than that of its competition, with HEV's from brands such as Kia and Acura coming in at around $5,000 cheaper. Those nameplates, however, don't perform anywhere near as well as the Toyota in the large hybrid sedan segment.

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