By Jennifer Geiger on October 29, 2012
Toyota's largest sedan gets fresh styling and a new hybrid model for 2013. When the redesigned Avalon goes on sale later this year, it will start at $31,785, including a $795 destination charge. Hybrid models will begin at $36,350, including destination.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon will be available in XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring and Limited trims. The hybrid is available on all but the base XLE model. The Avalon was previously available in base and Limited trims; base models started at $33,990.
The gas-powered Avalon's 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 is a carryover from last year; the all-new hybrid model uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors for a total output of 200 hp. It has not yet been EPA rated but Toyota expects it to get 40/39 mpg city/highway.
The Avalon Hybrid has no direct competitors, but shoppers also could consider large cars like the Volkswagen Passat TDI (30/40 automatic; 31/43 mpg manual) or the 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (45/45 mpg).
Both gas and hybrid models go on sale in the beginning of December. Trim level pricing, including a $795 destination fee, and equipment is below.
Avalon XLE (gas): $31,785
Standard: Smart Key, 17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, leather seats, touch-screen display, heated front seats and power driver and passenger seats.
Avalon XLE Premium (gas): $33,990
Adds: Backup camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, moonroof, garage-door opener and an Eco switch (hybrid models).
XLE Touring (gas): $36,295
Adds: Fog lamps, display audio with navigation and Entune multimedia system, blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, side mirror and driver’s seat memory, 18-inch alloy wheels (gas models), Eco switch (gas models) and paddle shifters (gas only).
Limited (gas): $40,445
Adds: High-intensity-discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights, premium leather seats, auto-dimming side mirrors, puddle lamps, rain-sensing wipers, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, high-resolution touch-screen, JBL audio system, color climate-control screen, sunshade, rear climate controls and ambient lighting.
XLE Premium Hybrid: $36,350
XLE Touring Hybrid: $38,045
Limited Hybrid: $42,195
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer