10 things to know before buying the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid


the Toyota The Avalon Hybrid has been in continuous production since 2012 and is one of the few offerings in the full-size sedan segment to come with a hybrid powertrain. However, Toyota has mentioned that the 2022 iteration will be the last year of this legendary model, and production is expected to end later this year. Nonetheless, the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid remains an impeccable offering in the segment if you’re looking for unrivaled fuel efficiency, refinement, and comfort.

Offered in a single trim configuration for a base MSRP of $37,350, the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid retains the same naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4 engine along with both electric motors, making it a capable vehicle and a frugal cruiser. Handling is par for the course and the car comes with all the bells and whistles. Competing with the Honda Accord Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, here are 10 things to know before buying the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

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ten Performance can only be called adequate

New Toyota Avalon Hybrid
through toyota.com

The performance exhibited by the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4 engine mated to the two electric motors is not going to blow anyone away. Producing a combined 215 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque, this full-size sedan looks pretty ordinary when you put your foot down. The midrange isn’t as punchy as the Accord Hybrid, and the top end is pretty toned down as well.

Two 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrids
On toyota.com

Mated to a CVT automatic transmission, the Avalon Hybrid exhibits a bit of lag, especially when you want quick passing. The car comes only with the FWD transmission. With a 0-60 mph time of 7.8 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 16 seconds at 91 mph, the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is primarily aimed at commuters and those who like quiet cruising.

9 A decent manager

Front view of the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
On toyota.com

While the performance will disappoint a few, the same can’t be said for the handling and driving dynamics. With the strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, and with the suspension tuned to the neutral side, we found the Avalon Hybrid to be quite pleasant in the corners.

2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
On toyota.com

Body roll is well controlled and steering is fairly precise in operation. We also loved the awesome feel and feedback offered by this electric power steering, similar to the 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid. driving experience. Road grip is excellent, too, even with the FWD drivetrain.

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8 Comfortable ride quality

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The ride quality offered by all generations of Toyota Avalon has always been stellar and this 2022 iteration, part of the fifth generation, is no different. The suspension manages to absorb all the irregularities of the road. Slowly drive the car on the rough city roads and the passengers will have no complaints.

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Even if you’re driving like a hooligan, the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid doesn’t wobble and the suspension does a great job throughout. However, we found the suspension to be a bit noisy, especially when encountering some of the bigger potholes. Nevertheless, it is still a notch above the other mid-size hybrid sedans in the segment.

7 Spacious cabin

The space offered in the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid makes it an ideal proposition if you are looking to carry passengers in the utmost comfort. Slip into the front seats and you’ll be pleased with the head, leg and shoulder room on offer. The seats are soft and the leather upholstery also adds to the comfort.

Interior of the 2022 Toyota Avalon
Via: Toyota

There are wide front and rear armrests, which also have internal storage bins and cup holders. As for the back seat, it was well padded and offered impressive support under the thighs and lower back. The space is also incomparable. However, the 16.1 cu. ft. trunk space is slightly less than the segment-best Honda Accord hybrid, which offers 16.7 cu.

6 Comes with features

Toyota Avalon Touring White
via: Hotcars

Being a premium mid-size sedan from the Toyota stable, it’s not lacking in bells and whistles. This also makes it an ideal proposition for family buyers. Available in a single trim configuration for a base selling price of $37,350, all safety and driver assistance features are standard due to the inclusion of Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+.

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The interior also comes with plenty of features, including mood lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, wood trim, graphite leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and more. There are plenty of optional technologies and features, all at a reasonable price. Exterior features such as LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch wheels, and more add to the versatility and looks of this sedan. This also makes the car good value for money.

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5 Security has not been compromised

Toyota Avalon
On the official Toyota website

The long list of safety and driver assistance features on offer, coupled with the rock-solid build quality, helps the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid establish itself as a safe offering in the segment. The car is constructed from high tensile steel and the outer panel is very sturdy with no major flex. Even the fiber parts seem quite taut.

Toyota Avalon
On the official Toyota website

With standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, all driver assistance features such as automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, cruise control adaptive speed control and many more are offered. All of these help the car earn a 5-star rating in the NHTSA crash test and the title of 2022 Top Safety Pick in the IIHS crash test.

4 Infotainment has all the amenities

2021 Toyota Avalon
Via: Toyota

The 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system that did the job in the 2021 model also remains unchanged in this 2022 iteration. Comes with all the required connectivity and entertainment features as standard which includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, radio SiriusXM, Bluetooth, Security Connection, and more, it surely won’t disappoint any buyer.

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We also found the interface to be excellent as everything is positioned where it needs to be. The icons are large and visible, and there’s no learning curve for this infotainment either. The touch response is quick and there’s no lag or stutter either. If you want the best audio experience, Toyota also offers an optional 14-speaker JBL audio system.

3 The brakes are more than adequate

Avalon TRD rear 3/4 view

The 4-wheel disc brake setup coupled with the powerful regenerative braking offered by the two electric motors makes losing speed easy. The front gets 12″ rotors and the rear comes with 11.1″ rotors. Along with that, all the other regular braking features like ABS, EBD, Automated Emergency Braking, Brake Assist, are standard.

Toyota Avalon 2021 white
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We found the initial bite to be very strong, and it’s more than enough to bring the car to a halt when driving through city streets. Regenerative braking also doesn’t impede brake pedal feedback, as it does in the Honda Accord Hybrid. Braking progression is also excellent, and the car managed to brake to 70-0 mph in a decent 176 feet.

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2 Impressive energy efficiency

Toyota Avalon hybrid on the road
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Being a full-size hybrid sedan, the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid has proven to be one of the most fuel-efficient offerings in the segment. The 2.5-liter engine is tuned more for efficiency, and the VVT ​​does a brilliant job of controlling fuel efficiency. The CVT automatic makes the revs quite low when driving at a healthy pace.

Toyota Avalon hybrid on the highway
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All of these help the car achieve a combined mileage of 43 MPG, and with the fuel tank capacity of 13.2 gallons, the car can go 567 miles on a full tank. However, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the Honda Accord Hybrid proved to be a bit more fuel efficient.

1 Class-leading interior quality and level of refinement

2022-Toyota-Avalon_XSE-Hybrid-Nightshade Rear top down view

With leather upholstery and leather inserts on most parts of the dashboard and door cards, the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid looks and feels very premium. Contrast stitching, wood inserts, aluminum and chrome accents, and more also add to the elegance of this cabin, which no other rival could match.

2022_Toyota_Avalon_Limited_Hybrid Front quarter view

The level of refinement is unmatched too, with no major engine noise while driving. Soundproofing is spot on and even when you mash the throttle the note from the engine doesn’t get very loud, helping passengers feel quite comfortable on those long drives. Wind noise, road noise and tire noise are also very minimal.

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