Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2021 – Review, Specs, Photos

The 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid returns unchanged for 2021. The regular Toyota Avalon saw a sporty new TRD trim join the lineup in 2021, but it won’t be available on the Hybrid. In our book, that’s not a bad thing. The Avalon is best as a luxury cruiser, and the Hybrid suits that personality well. Full review and all information about the car – 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

New Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2021

Yes, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a good car. It provides a cushioned ride and has supportive seats in a cabin that’s roomy enough for adults to ride comfortably in both rows. The cabin looks and feels upscale, and there are plenty of standard and available features. The Avalon Hybrid also has a larger trunk than most other vehicles in the hybrid and electric car class. We named the Avalon Hybrid our 2021 Best Hybrid or Electric Car for Families because it has the best combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features in its class. There are some drawbacks with this Toyota, though most are small issues. It isn’t the most agile vehicle on the road, and its infotainment system feels a little rough around the edges from a usability standpoint. Perhaps most notably, the Avalon Hybrid’s fuel economy ratings are underwhelming by hybrid standards. Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2021 – photos colors and price in this article!

Interior

Dual-zone climate control, SofTex leatherette upholstery, heated eight-way power front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, four USB ports, leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry/start, 9.0-inch touchscreen, eight-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay integration. Safety: Forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert. The Avalon’s interior is a pleasant place to spend time in, though there are some faults. Some controls and buttons are out of reach or hard to find, especially the ones near your left knee. The Avalon also sits rather low, which may present a problem to passengers who are less limber. We’re also not enamored of its size. Despite being more expensive, the Avalon isn’t much larger than a Toyota Camry, and there’s less rear headroom due to the Avalon’s raked roof. Otherwise, the Avalon’s cabin is quite nice. Most drivers will find an agreeable position, as the steering wheel and driver’s seat both offer a useful range of travel. Rear visibility is good overall, though the rear shelf is high. Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2021 – see the photo in the gallery on our website.

Exterior

The 2021 Toyota Avalon is king when it comes to comfort. As you’d expect from a full-size sedan, the Avalon provides a palatial back seat and a generously sized trunk. The cabin has an upscale look, the design is modern, and many of the materials used are of premium quality. Handling is smooth and forgiving, and hybrid and gas-only powertrains are available. There’s a long list of standard features on board, including the latest driver-assistance technology. If fuel economy is a priority, you’ll want to check out the hybrid, which delivers excellent mileage for a large sedan. Keep in mind, though, that if you’re looking for the most affordable option in this segment, this Toyota isn’t it. The Avalon has a steeper base price than most rivals.

Colors

Redesigned for the 2021 model year, the Avalon carries over into 2021 with minimal changes. The big news is the addition of the TRD trim level. TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, which is the brand’s performance division. Relative to other Avalon trims, the TRD variant is sportier both in appearance and handling. It comes with upgrades such as a sport-tuned suspension, black-painted side skirts and red-painted brake calipers.

Fuel economy

Now in its second generation, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid is one of the most fuel efficient full-size sedans available today. Unlike the non-hybrid Avalon, the Avalon Hybrid puts more emphasis on comfort and misses out on the TRD and Touring grades, both of which feature suspension adjustments for better handling. What you get in trade for less power and softer suspension calibration is excellent fuel economy and a cushier ride, which should make the Avalon Hybrid a great long-distance cruiser. The 2021 Avalon Hybrid is unchanged for the 2021 model year.

Horsepower

The Avalon Hybrid comes with only a single powertrain. It pairs a 176-horsepower inline four-cylinder engine with an 88-kW electric motor for a total output of 215 hp and 163 pound-feet of torque. The setup is paired with a continuously variable transmission. That’s a power deficit compared to the 301-hp gas powered Avalon, but the Hybrid makes up for it with a stellar 43 miles per gallon city, 43 mpg highway, and 43 combined, according to the EPA. That’s about as good as it gets for a full-size sedan. It also makes the Avalon Hybrid good value – the Hybrid’s fuel savings should pay for the price premium within a few years of ownership.

Technical specifications

The 2021 Toyota Avalon can be had with either strong V-6 power or a thrifty hybrid powertrain, and it sends power to the front wheels unlike some of its rivals that offer all-wheel drive. We rate the lineup at 6 out of 10 for the plush ride afforded by the standard suspension. Sport-oriented models might lose a point if rated independently. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 churns out a healthy 301 hp, which is sent to the front wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 tugs the Avalon along well, and the engine is muffled in most trims. The XSE and TRD include a piped-in intake noise that spoils the mood.

Price

Hybrid XLE: $37,805. Given its generous list of standard features, we imagine the Avalon’s base XLE trim has what it takes to keep a wide range of car shoppers happy. The XLE comes with exterior features such as heated power-adjustable side mirrors and LED headlights. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, along with heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a tilt-and-telescoping steering column. All Avalon sedans come with tech features such as Apple CarPlay integration and SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as driver-assistance amenities such as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

Safety

The Avalon Hybrid is a strong pick in the safety department. The IIHS gave the car a Top Safety Pick Plus award, and the NHTSA concurred with a five-star overall safety rating. What’s more, the Avalon Hybrid gets Toyota’s comprehensive suite of active safety tech as standard. This includes automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control, plus a three-year subscription to emergency assistance services. The range-topping Limited is available with a surround-view camera system and rear automatic emergency braking through the $1,150 Advanced Safety Package.

Motors

The Toyota Avalon is a large sedan that seats five. It’s powered by a standard 301-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A gas-electric hybrid drivetrain is also available. Competitors include the Kia Cadenza and Chrysler 300. The Toyota Avalon is a very good choice in a shrinking large-sedan class, and it should be on your consideration list if you’re looking for big-car virtues, like a roomy interior and big trunk. If your preferences include a car with these attributes and a hybrid drivetrain, there are even fewer competitors.

Configurations

XLE – From $37,805. In addition to the safety and connectivity features, the XLE starts with synthetic upholstery, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The front seats are heated, and the driver’s seat is eight-way power adjustable. A moonroof is bundled with wireless charging for an even $1,000, while another package adds navigation and a 14-speaker JBL audio system for $1,720. XSE – From $40,305. The XSE trim gets the moonroof standard, along with 18-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters, aluminum trim, and black accents. Toyota says that the suspension is sport tuned, but we’re not sure we entirely believe them. The navigation/sound package remains available for $1,720. Limited – From $44,105. The Hybrid Limited caps the entire Avalon lineup, and it comes with luxury features to match. In addition to 18-inch chrome wheels, the Limited gets wood trim, LED lights, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and the 14-speaker JBL audio system.

Review

Traditionally, there have been some significant downsides to picking a hybrid version of a regular sedan. The hybrid is usually slower, less practical because of a smaller trunk (need to stick that big old battery pack somewhere) and styled with dorky-looking wheels and blue, green or teal accents. But the 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid flips that script.. While still slow — nearly 1.5 seconds slower than the non-hybrid Toyota Avalon V6 in 0-60 mph acceleration — the hybrid generates quick and satisfying low-end torque for daily driving and returns up to 44 mpg combined while doing it. The hybrid also only costs $1,000 more than the standard Avalon. Given what you’d likely end up saving on gas, you’ll probably recoup that difference in just a couple of years. The Avalon Hybrid is also surprisingly enjoyable to drive. You can guide it into turns with confidence since the suspension feels stable and body roll is well-controlled. Swap out the low-friction tires for some proper all-season rubber and the Avalon might show some real swagger.

Release date

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid comes in three trims: XLE, XSE, and Limited. Prices start at $37,805 including destination for the XLE and climb to $44,105 for the Limited. Avalon Hybrid prices run $1,050 more than their gas-powered Avalon counterparts.

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The Avalon is Toyota’s flagship passenger car, with quality craftsmanship and dynamic styling that make it a desirable choice among full-size sedans. The Avalon is available in XLE, XSE, Touring and Limited trims. All trims are powered by a 301-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Available features include heated exterior mirrors, automatic headlamps, heated leather seats, wood interior trim, automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth wireless audio streaming and phone connectivity, cruise control, Smart Key, sunroof and a leather wrapped steering wheel. Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) is standard. This includes Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor with Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. The Avalon adds a TRD Pro trim for 2021

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