Some companies that have hybrid versions of their popular gasoline-powered vehicles like to redesign the latter one year and hold off before redesigning the other for the next model year. That’s not how Toyota likes to do things. Last year, both the gas-powered Avalon and the Avalon Hybrid were redesigned as they entered their fifth generation as the brand’s flagship sedan.
Being the flagship sedan, the Avalon is expected to deliver the very best of everything. It’s a near-luxury vehicle and should offer the best or at least close to in everything from performance to handling to content. While the Avalon Hybrid isn’t quite as high performing as its gas-powered sibling, it more than makes up for it by sharply increasing its fuel economy ratings.
Let’s get a bit more specific about the Avalon Hybrid’s drivetrain. Powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, the Avalon Hybrid is capable of generating 176 horsepower alongside 163 pound-feet of torque. While that’s quite a bit less power than the standard Avalon, which generates 301 HP, the Avalon Hybrid does achieve 43 miles per gallon through the city and 44 mpg on the highway, which are up from 22 and 32 mpg respectively.
Of course, outside of performance and efficiency, the Avalon Hybrid is packed with just as much content as the traditional Avalon. It’s filled to the brim with premium features and technologies such as the Toyota Safety Sense P package and the 1200-watt JBL Audio system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Apple Watch and you can even opt for Android smartwatch compatibility.
If you’re in the market for a near-luxury vehicle and would prefer superior fuel economy to power, then perhaps the 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is the perfect sedan for you. Be sure to get in touch with us right here at Arlington Toyota if that’s the case!