2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    40 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    156-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    2-speed CVT w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • All trim levels have same luxurious interior
  • Supportive front seats
  • Low wind noise at highway speeds
  • Ride quality
  • Improved steering feel

The Bad

  • Still no folding rear seat
  • Hybrid's brakes
  • No more reclining rear seat
  • Less interior volume than 2012
  • Touch-sensitive buttons

Notable Features of the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

  • New for 2013
  • Redesigned exterior and interior
  • Slight mileage increase
  • Available hybrid model
  • Larger trunk
  • Available blind spot monitoring

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Toyota has redesigned its full-size flagship sedan, the Avalon, for 2013. The new car features distinctive exterior design, a restyled interior and an assortment of available multimedia and safety features. Competitors include the Ford Taurus, Buick LaCrosse and Hyundai Azera. An Avalon Hybrid, which is rated at an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving, is also offered.
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ExteriorFor 2013, the Avalon gets a whole new look. The new front end is unique, with a large lower grille in the bumper. Available high-intensity-discharge headlights feature LED daytime running lights. A gradually sloping rear roofline results in a short trunklid. Large LED taillamps wrap around the rear of the car while a black lower valence houses the chrome exhaust tips. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch alloy wheels optional
  • Standard heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional automatic high-beam headlights

InteriorInside, the new Avalon features a blend of sporty black surfaces and luxury-influenced cues like stitching on the dashboard. The center control panel mixes knobs, physical buttons and capacitive-touch "buttons" like those on some GM and Ford models. A 6.1-inch touch-screen is standard and a 7-inch screen comes with the available premium navigation system. A unique eBin storage area in the center console makes storing devices and connecting them to ...

Vehicle Overview

Toyota has redesigned its full-size flagship sedan, the Avalon, for 2013. The new car features distinctive exterior design, a restyled interior and an assortment of available multimedia and safety features. Competitors include the Ford Taurus, Buick LaCrosse and Hyundai Azera. An Avalon Hybrid, which is rated at an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving, is also offered.
(Skip to details on the: Avalon Hybrid)

ExteriorFor 2013, the Avalon gets a whole new look. The new front end is unique, with a large lower grille in the bumper. Available high-intensity-discharge headlights feature LED daytime running lights. A gradually sloping rear roofline results in a short trunklid. Large LED taillamps wrap around the rear of the car while a black lower valence houses the chrome exhaust tips. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch alloy wheels optional
  • Standard heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional automatic high-beam headlights

InteriorInside, the new Avalon features a blend of sporty black surfaces and luxury-influenced cues like stitching on the dashboard. The center control panel mixes knobs, physical buttons and capacitive-touch "buttons" like those on some GM and Ford models. A 6.1-inch touch-screen is standard and a 7-inch screen comes with the available premium navigation system. A unique eBin storage area in the center console makes storing devices and connecting them to the Avalon's entertainment system easier. Interior features include:

  • Trunk measures 16 cubic feet
  • Standard leather upholstery; perforated leather available
  • Heated front seats standard; heated rear seats available
  • Ventilated front seats available
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack, USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Standard dual-zone automatic climate control; tri-zone climate control available
  • Available power rear sunshade
  • Available Entune entertainment apps

Under the HoodThe 3.5-liter V-6 engine from the previous-generation Avalon carries over unchanged to the 2013 model year. It makes 268 horsepower and teams with a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel independent suspension

SafetySafety features include:

  • 10 standard airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Available backup camera
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available pre-collision system cinches seat belts and optimizes braking force
  • Available blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Avalon Hybrid
For the very first time, the full-size Avalon sedan is offered as a hybrid. Powered by a hybrid system that features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motor/generators, the Avalon Hybrid's combined output is 200 hp and the car gets an EPA-estimated 40/39 mpg city/highway. There are three driving modes: Eco, Sport and EV, the latter of which allows for all-electric driving at low speeds for up to a mile, conditions permitting. Subtle changes to the inside and outside of the car include blue-tinted badges, unique wheels and a slightly smaller, 14-cubic-foot trunk due to the hybrid battery pack behind the rear seats. Back to top


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great full size hybrid car

by Tanashuttle from RANDALLSTOWN. MD on May 9, 2018

Great car, very confortable. Highly recommend. Gas is 40 miles to a gallon. Fantastic vehicle. Great family car. Travel in style with affordable vehicle. The entune toyota apps makes it easy to ... Read full review

(5.0)

One of the Best

by Awesome from Ar on April 27, 2018

Good car, Fuel efficient runs good like the color and comfort. It has all the feature accept parking assistance, I like the drive its indeed a reliable car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Avalon Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker