The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

To garner the classification as “eco-friendly,” there is a very popular misconception that an automobile has to be small, conservative in design, and lacking luxurious amenities. The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited successfully disproves these assumptions. 

This large, four-door sedan immediately catches the eye with its aerodynamic frame, tinted windows, curvaceous grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, HID quadrabeam headlights and long wheelbase to comfortably fit five adults. 

The interior maintains the Avalon’s attractiveness thanks to plush leather, ventilated seating; a leather-trimmed steering wheel with multi-function controls; a push-button start complete with a smart key system for effortless departure; power rear-window sunshades; and tri-zone climate control with rear-seat heating also equipped with ventilation. 

Technologically savvy, this Hybrid’s seven-inch touchscreen vibrantly displays integrated navigation and a fully stocked App Suite, plus a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity amplified by an Entune Premium JBL audio system with 11 GreenEdge speakers to ensure optimal entertainment and convenience. 

Acknowledging all passengers are precious cargo, there is a plethora of safety features as well. Everything from Toyota’s stellar Safety Sense System featuring a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert with steering assist, to a state-of-the-art pre-collision system including smart stop braking to keep the stress levels of drivers low regarding possible dangers on the road. This collective has earned a five-star safety ranking. 

With electric power steering conducting three available driving modes—EV (totally electric for short drives and reduced noise), Eco for optimal gas conservation, and Sport for a more aggressive acceleration and handling—the feel for the road is still cloud-like. The impressive Hybrid Synergy Drive is powered by a 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder ECVT Hybrid engine power while still maintaining an impressive 40 combined 40 miles per gallon to stretch out station visits on family trips. 

Ultimately, the Avalon trim has wowed auto enthusiasts since its introduction in 1994, and the 2018 Hybrid proves it only gets better—and more environmentally sound—with time. 

Base price: $42,800; $44,697 with all options and additional expenses as reviewed 

Gas mileage: 40 city/39 highway/40 combined

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