The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Leaner = Greener.
Updated August 16, 2012
In a previous segment, you read about the 2013 Toyota Avalon, and how its new design, and refinements are top notch when it comes to wanting to own a premium mid-sized sedan. You probably read about the new styling cues that are stunningly different from Avalons of old. How the lines help give the 2013 Avalon a look all its own. With all that said, did you know that Toyota had a hybrid version of the Avalon, being released later this year? You do now.
Introducing the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. The same body style, the same looks, the same interior, but different mechanics under the hood. The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has been tested, over, and over, again, just to prove how well Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system really is. An overall estimated 40mpg is what this new Avalon is boasting. Higher numbers than it’s competitors, the Volkswagen Passat TDI, which is rated at 36mpg, or the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid which numbers have still to be released. Either way the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is making sure that it has the more attractive set of numbers when it comes to being Greener than anyone else.
So, what makes the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid that much more Greener than the competition? Would it be the 25% lighter body weight from the newly constructed frame work that resides under skin of this technological marvel. Or would it be the set of two electric motors/generators that coincide with the Atkinson-cycle 2.5L, four cylinder engine, that help move the Avalon from point A, to point B? Or maybe it’s that brilliantly designed ECU, that controls everything from the coolant temperature in the trans-axles, to where the perfect shift points are when driving, to how much power is given back to the 245 volt Nickel Hydride battery pack when your actually slowing the car down. Personally, I think it’s the driving style options that come with the 2013 Avalon Hybrid.
The new Avalon Hybrid, offers three style modes of operation. ECO, EV, and my favorite Sport. Briefly what this means is, EV lets you drive short distances, at around 25mph, in full Electric mode. (No gas) ECO, allows the gas motor kick on when needed, thus providing you with those long mileage jaunts you expect from a hybrid. And finally Sport, this mode uses the full potential of the motor, changes throttle feel, for better accelerations, and regulates the steering for better control, in fast paced situations. All in all, the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a guaranteed winner, and will be welcomed with open arms this Fall. Like most things with Toyota, the price is still undisclosed, but in the meantime be sure to make plans to visit your local Toyota dealer to see this baby in action.