For the 2018 model year, Toyota brought the fully redesigned eighth generation of its best-selling Camry mid-size sedan. However, the flagship sedan, the full-size Avalon will likely get the redesign for the 2019 model with the design characteristics, tech and features similar as on the new Camry. But for the 2018 model year, the Avalon will return in the same form as the 2017 version. It was updated for the 2016 version and the 2017 model year brought the Toyota Safety Sense package in the list of the standard features for the hybrid version. Like the conventional version, the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid will come unchanged.
2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: Design
The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid continues with the graceful look which form dates since the 2016 update. The Avalon has the thin upper grille and wide lower grille. The headlights sweep back and turn signals sit on the edges of the front fascia.
The visual interest to the profile gives powerful character line while the model has subtly sculpted fenders. The wraparound taillights are connected with the trim insert and rear bumper features sportier approach.
Inside the Avalon is stylish, comfortable and well equipped. The front seats provide long ride comfort and body support and come with the high level of adjustability. The model also has spacious rear seating row with plenty of the leg room. The trunk has the capacity of 14 cubic feet.
The Avalon Hybrid returns in three trim versions. The base XLE Plus model rides on the 17-inch alloys and brings sunroof, leather upholstery, dual zone automatic climate, 8-way power driver and 4-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, etc.
On the tech front, the base Avalon has a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, satellite radio, voice commands, eight speakers. The standard safety rig includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic headlights, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure intervention.
The mid-XLE Premium trim upgrades with the fog lights, driver memory setting, wireless charging, navigation, nine speakers, etc.
The top-of-the-line Limited model adds xenon lights, upgraded instrument cluster, tri-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, 10-way power driver seat, premium sound system with 11 speakers, etc.
2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: Powertrain
Powering the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is the combination of the four-cylinder engine and Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive System. The 2.5-liter inline-4 engine assisted by two electric motors can deliver combined output of 200 hp. The electric motors get the power from the trunk-located nickel-metal hybrid batteries. The power goes to the front wheels through the continuously variable transmission.
The Avalon Hybrid accelerates to 60 mph in upper seven-second range. On the other hand, EPA rates the Avalon Hybrid at 40 mpg combined. The model returns 40 mpg in city and 39 mpg on the freeway.
2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid: Price
The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid costs from $37, 500 for its base version. The mid-level version is available for $38, 950. The Limited model goes for $42, 800.