Toyota’s Forgotten Car Is the Best Hybrid Car for Families

Though it isn’t popular as other hybrid vehicles or even other Toyota models, the Avalon Hybrid is one of the best full-size sedans. In fact, U.S. News recognizes it as a top family car. When you take a look at the Toyota Avalon’s performance and features, you’ll probably agree. 

The 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid 

The largest sedan Toyota offers, the Avalon is well-powered for its class. The base-model XLE packs a 3.5-liter V6 engine harnessing an impressive 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. It gets a solid fuel economy of 22/32 mpg city/highway. But the Avalon hybrid’s numbers are more impressive. It pairs a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, getting 43/44 mpg city/highway. That’s perfect for budget-conscious families to run errands and take road trips. It also has all-wheel drive, helpful for winter travel.

The Avalon Hybrid, like most full-size sedans, offers generous trunk space. Just over 16 cubic feet will give you room for the family’s luggage. Inside the cabin, you’ll find a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, 7.0-inch cluster display, and eight-speaker sound system, keeping your family entertained while you ferry them from place to place.

The Avalon Hybrid is also great for families because it’s safe. It not only comes with safety features such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control. But it also earned 5 out of 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And when you purchase a model with certain LED headlights, the hybrid is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+. 

Should you get the base Toyota Avalon Hybrid or a higher trim?

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The base model starts at $38,095. But for a few thousand more, you can upgrade to one of two trims that make the Toyota Avalon Hybrid even more attractive. Starting at $40,595, the XSE trim comes with several luxurious upgrades, including a moonroof, 19-inch wheels, and synthetic leather trim. You also get a black grille and black rear spoiler, along with other interior stylings.

Or, for $44,395, you can get the top-level Limited trim, with ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a head-up display. Also, expect a 14-speaker sound system, built-in navigation, and interior wood trim. This trim doesn’t see significant performance enhancements, but the interior styling and technology upgrades may be well worth the extra cost.

But if you’re on a budget, the XLE or XSE provides luxury, rich technology, space, and comfort. And for an extra $1,150, you can keep your family even safer with an advanced driver-assist package. It includes front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic braking, and a parking camera system.

An underappreciated hybrid

Despite its robust features, the Toyota Avalon doesn’t sell as well as its popular hybrid siblings, the Prius and RAV4. But the Avalon is noteworthy for several reasons. Not only was it named the best hybrid car for families by U.S. News, but the publication also named it the best large car for the money.

The impressive fuel economy also means it provides an excellent bank for your buck. And it has helped the Avalon Hybrid notch Kelley Blue Book‘s Best Resale Value Award in 2020. KBB has noted the Avalon’s fuel efficiency, roominess, and stylish interior features across trim lines.

It’s hard to go wrong with a Toyota Avalon Hybrid if you’re in the market for a hybrid family sedan. No matter the trim level, recent models are reliable vehicles that provide excellent value and a quiet, smooth ride.