2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid first drive review: understated efficiency Page 2

2019 Toyota Avalon

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The Avalon Hybrid improves on the outgoing version inside with a quieter interior and more creature comforts.

All trim levels get a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility (sorry Android users) and top safety tech including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a rearview camera.

Toyota expects that 15 percent of buyers will opt for the hybrid version when it goes on sale this month. That’s roughly in line with the outgoing model’s sales mix, although the outgoing model’s hybrid version was priced higher.

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For average drivers who travel about 15,000 miles a year, opting for the hybrid version should repay the initial outlay in about three years, which is quicker than some other alternative powertrains. If you run a limo service or drive for Uber or Lyft, this could be the perfect business machine to reduce your costs.

For many, the Avalon Hybrid delivers on the promise that big sedans have made in the past: a quiet ride for four or more with room for cargo.

Even though the Avalon Hybrid isn’t Toyota’s most prominent hybrid, it’s the one that delivers on the idea that fuel efficiency doesn’t need to be different.

Toyota provided travel and lodging to Internet Brands Automotive to bring you this firsthand report.

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