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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Supportive front seats
- Distinctive styling
- Low wind noise at highway speeds
- Ride quality
- No folding rear seat
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Interior materials and design
- Newly standard active safety features
- Five-seat full-size sedan
- V-6 engine standard
- Hybrid version available
- Front-wheel drive
The 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a composed, comfortable highway cruiser with loads of trunk space and impressive fuel economy, but you'll have to be willing to pay Lexus money for a Toyota.
Versus the Competition
The Avalon Hybrid delivers a winning blend of efficiency, comfort and value, but its control layout frustrates, and competitors offer more upscale accommodations.
The Avalon is the only hybrid in the class of large sedans from modest brands, but its price puts it in line with luxury sedan hybrids such as the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the Lexus ES 300h from Toyota's luxury arm. The Buick LaCrosse also offers a mild-hybrid version with its eAssist model. Compare all four models here.
Editor's note: This review was written in February 2016 about the 2016 Avalon Hybrid, but little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2017, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
For 2016, the Avalon and Avalon Hybrid got a mild styling update, more standard features and new safety options for the top trim. The Hybrid model comes in XLE Plus, XLE Premium and Limited trims, and the Entune multimedia system with a 7-inch screen is newly standard across the lineup. The midlevel XLE Premium adds new standard features such as navigation and Qi wireless charging for compatible smartphones. Compare 2015 and 2016 models here.
Exterior & Styling
Toyota's largest sedan was redesigned for 2013, taking the Avalon's styling from frumpy to fashionable. An update for 2016 adds minor styling tweaks: new turn signals, redesigned LED taillights and a wider and lower front grille add polish and help keep it one of the most stylish-looking sedans in the class.
On the road, drivers probably won't be able to spot the differences between the hybrid and regular Avalon — only a subtle blue ring around the grille emblem and small badges on the rear and sides call it out.
How It Drives
Low-end power is surprisingly robust for great pickup from a stop. The hybrid's sole drivetrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder combined with an electric motor for a total of 200 horsepower. The pair gets ... Read more
2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Camry Hybrid: Recall Alert
CARS.COM Vehicles Affected: Approximately 670 model-year 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid and Camry Hybrid sedans, as many as 42 of which are potentially equipped with a misassembled ... Read more
Our View: 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Editor's note: This review was written in February 2016 about the 2016 Avalon Hybrid, but little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for ... Read more
2014-2015 Toyota Entune Issue
CARS.COM The problem: In vehicles with the Entune audio system, Bluetooth may sometimes disconnect from Android phones, or from the iPhone 4 when connected via USB. The radio may ... Read more
Most dependable car!
A luxury car similar to Lexus for much lower price! Most popular options are included except a few items. Smooth and luxury ride! I bought 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Premium Plus for the same price as ... Read full review
This is my second Toyota Avalon hybrid. My other was for 2013. The car rides great is comfortable and I have some new gadgets that I really appreciate such as the cruise control, that once it's set ... Read full review
The 2017 Toyota Avalon Hybrid currently has 0 recalls