Toyota is changing. With increased interest in sport models on its sedans, new models will be arriving soon with even strong sport features for both the midsize Camry and compact Corolla. New Prius styling, and a new look for the hardy Toyota Tacoma Truck are also in the works.
Even trendier, Toyota is expanding its hydrogen powered vehicle. The plan is for the Toyota Motor Corporation to increase production of its hydrogen-powered Mirai, to 3000 vehicles in 2017.
The Avalon is another vehicle that has changed – a lot. Featuring a sportier feel to the driving experience and an improved look both inside and out, the Avalon is entering a renaissance. The performance of this car on the road is also altered – new mpg averages look to be 31 on the open road and 21 mpg in the city. For better mileage, the Avalon Hybrid can’t be beat, with an estimated 30 mpg for city driving, and a truly substantial 40/39 mpg in town and on the highway.
The look of this car is sleek and sturdy. It’s changed over the years, developing a contemporary and sophisticated look on the outside, and an easy to use, clean and stylish driver control with typically technologically hip Toyota specs.
The Hybrid Avalon operates approximately the same power system as the Camry Hybrid, offering stellar fuel economy with a 156 horsepower, 4-cylinder. Non-hybrid models use a 3.5 liter V6 engine that has strength above its class.
Handling is smooth, and both hybrid and non-hybrid Avalons are efficient and provide excellent power.
Options to Explore
The Avalon has four different trim levels, and even the base level includes automatic headlights, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels, and leather upholstery. Other snazzy touches include power front seats and heated front seats. The car features keyless entry and ignition, and is equipped with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and center-mounted touchscreen.
Additional features for higher level models include a built-in garage door opener, power sunroof, and fog lights, as well as integrated satellite radio options. Multiple climate controls are another excellent option. The Avalon Limited includes a safety plus: a pre-collision system which tightens seat belts and primes brakes.
Regardless of the model, the Avalon has an excellent safety system, including 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, 10 standard size airbags, and blind spot monitoring. Crash tests earned the Avalon a 5-star overall rating.
On the road, the car is responsive, the ride is comfortable, and the feel is sportier than in past models. On the interior, styling of front seats include significant contours. There’s plenty of leg room both front and back. The cabin is roomy and well laid out.
The controls are comfortably clear, with crisp, easy to read gauges and quality materials.
Overall the most common trend at Toyota – in the Avalon and other vehicles – is a sportier overall look, and strong safety and fuel efficiency ratings