The Latest Member of Toyota's Hybrid FamilyWell, it's no Model S, but 40 MPG combined for a large car isn't bad; many sub-compacts on the market don't even get that... Toyota's 2013 Avalon will come in hybrid flavor, replacing the V6 with a 2.5-liter inline four running on the Atkinson-cycle and, of course, Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive tech which is found in all their hybrids. On top of that some weight reduction and aerodynamic tweaks help the hybrid Avalon (40 MPG combined) leave the V6 Avalon (25 MPG combined) far behind when it comes to fuel economy.
The 2013 Avalon Hybrid offers an EV mode that, under certain conditions, allows the vehicle to operate solely on electric propulsion. EV mode can be engaged, provided other conditions are correct, for up to one mile at speeds up to 25 mph, providing an all-electric option that is convenient in residential areas or parking garages.
The ECO drive mode engages the gasoline motor, but reduces throttle response and HVAC output to help improve overall efficiency. The SPORT Mode takes full advantage of the new Avalon’s dynamic character, improved chassis, and enhanced suspension by altering the engine’s throttle response and enhancing steering feel.
The battery is a 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride, so no lithium-ion yet.
Interesting trivia: This new model was designed and engineered in North-America.
"The car’s engineering development was led by a passionate and dedicated group based at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Continuing a North American focus, the 2013 Avalon will be assembled at the award-winning Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) facility in Georgetown, Ky. "