Toyota leaves little to complain about with the 2015 Avalon Hybrid Limited.
Toyota has done it again with the 2015 revised edition of the fourth-generation Avalon. The Avalon has long been the bridge between Toyota and their luxurious Lexus lineup since replacing the Toyota Cressida. Since the Avalon’s first inception in 1995, it has been admired for reliability, cavernous rear legroom, and affordability. I confirm those accolades as the Avalon was the family car in its debut 1995 model year. As a family of six we could fit everyone legally with the front seat armrest providing back support for the front and centered passenger as it pulled up and locked into place. Since then, the Avalon has definitely evolved nicely; each rendition has improved, providing consumers with an admirable, affordable luxury vehicle.
The Avalon Hybrid is well appointed on the interior. The central entertainment system is well designed and provides the driver with making operation a breeze. The JBL sound system is right on point and does not disappoint with brilliant sound clarity. The backup camera is also a plus and is displayed on the 7” touch screen automatically as soon as the car is put in reverse. Another tech standout has to be the Qi wireless charging pad hidden in the center console under the lid. It juices about 34 different types of cell models.
The seating is a major victory. The driver seat is extremely comfortable and manages to sustain adequate support without compromising comfort. All window seats are climate controlled. And yes, that includes the rear seats as well. The rear legroom, long a memorable staple for the Avalon is more than adequate for passengers who may have received the gift of above average height.
This model comes equipped with the helpful assistance of a blind spot monitoring system which definitely comes in handy when road navigation is a chore when dealing with the dreaded daily traffic hot spots. The driver dash display is clear and right to the point and remains uncluttered providing the driver with easy readings of the speedometer and fuel tank readings. Located above the driver is the SOS safety connect call button. The only slight gripe is that this button is fairly close to the sunroof operation switch and at times might receive an inadvertent push. Overall the inside interior is worthy of positive recognition.
Rear angles of some previous models have delivered a bland taillight design. Not in this edition. The taillight design gives a nice slated-spread –winged look and takes a step forward away from the bland category description. The front and side views provide a sleek and refined look with just enough accents to ensure the Avalon does not get confused with other Toyota models. Another top-notch attribute to the Avalon are the HID “Quadrabeam”—headlights equipped with wide-angle fog lights. Nighttime driving is never an issue as the headlights provide exceptional illumination of the road ahead. Also helpful is side view mirror lighting system that is activated when passenger and driver are in close proximity to their doors to make exiting, entering, and assisting with recapturing your keys after an occasional drop during dark evening hours. The trunk is fairly sized and makes loading and unloading luggage a manageable task.
This Avalon is a cool customer on the roadways. The ride is expectedly smooth and refined while road noise is far from pronounced. The Avalon reacts swiftly when called upon for quick acceleration even with the ECO mode engaged. There is also the sport mode option which delivers added performance with a bit more of a rev from the engine. If fuel efficiency is a top priority, the Limited delivers a return of 40 mpg for city driving and 39 mpg on the highway. The well-rounded elements of handling and tire grip further enhance the driving experience as well.
The Round Up
The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited is overall a gem. The interior and exterior details are well designed and provide drivers and passengers with the upscale feel of more expensive luxury vehicles. The side impact safety scores are impressive as well with driver and passengers receiving 5 out of 5 stars. The frontal crash ratings are soon to come. The Avalon is aimed to please and does. In this crowded category, Toyota has a major contender to do battle in the affordable 4-door luxury vehicle division.
MSRP: $41,700/ Model As Tested: $45,578
Fuel Economy & Greenhouse Gas Rating: (9/10)
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