BY H. THROTTLE
The Toyota Avalon is a class act made in Georgetown, Ky. The design and beauty of this car live up to its brand name. The paint is described as “Partisan Night Pearl Black.”
The interior is just as classy with premium leather trim, ventilated and heated front seats. This Avalon can compete in looks and performance with much higher-priced cars at $42,550, fully loaded with every new technical innovation.
Toyota has been one of the pioneers in advancing hybrid science and physics into its line of vehicles. This hybrid system has now reached a very attractive role in powering vehicles and producing outstanding performance and fuel efficiency. This Avalon hybrid averages 40 mpg with ease and has extraordinary acceleration with the hybrid synergy drive system that allows shifting to one of the six forward speeds from the drive range.
Toyota makes a great transmission that is very similar in all of their car models. It is easy and accommodating to simply put the car in fourth or fifth gear when climbing or descending a road heading up the mountains.
Driving a hybrid takes a little more skill in the safety department because the car starts and moves in complete silence. There is no roaring of the engine or burning excess fuel as the motor warms up.
Very clear color cameras give the driver a full rearview. A choice can be made to drive on battery EV power, ECO or SPORT.
Once underway, the car’s four-cylinder engine starts and the 2.5L engine produces great performance. Horsepower is not listed with the hybrid model, but I must guess somewhere in the 200 hp category.
The motor quietly reverts to battery system and kicks in on stops. The friction of starting and stopping recharges the battery system. Toyota now offers a 10-year warranty on the batteries.
Safety ratings on the Avalon are a five-star overall, well- deserved with an arsenal of safety equipment described as “Toyota Safety Sense.” This package includes a precollision safeguard that now includes pedestrians and will stop the car when the camera system senses that the car will strike an object.
This is important as we tend to pull out that smartphone to take a call, or worse to make a call. This is a very dangerous habit and it takes our eyes and minds off the roadway for a few split seconds. The new safety systems alert the driver if you stray across a lane line and alerts you when a car is passing. Avalon has the Star Safety System that gives the best brakes, lights and seatbelts that money can buy. These safety features lead to the perfect five-star safety rating.
We love to keep our old cars that run forever with maintenance for many miles. However, with the increasing traffic and constant road hazards, having the latest safety equipment can be lifesaving for the driver and passengers. Perhaps one of the single most important aspects of purchasing a new vehicle is safety and increased fuel economy, as this Avalon’s 40 mpg and vast safety-equipment inventory are all included in the suggested retail price.
Great sound, comfortable seating, nice decorum, pride in ownership of such a beautiful and graceful designed car makes this Avalon hybrid a smart choice.
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