Not Your Father’s Toyota
For 2019 Toyota has revamped its fifth era
Avalon in each means. A full-sized
car optimized and constructed for the North American market, it scores extremely in
each class. It’s an enormous car,
constructed for as we speak’s American, with a variety of trims for almost each want and
pocketbook. Obtainable in both a V6 or
a four-cylinder Hybrid mannequin, Clear Fleet
Report picked the hybrid mannequin for this evaluation.
At first look, the 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid may be
confused with its cousin, the Camry. The Avalon is predicated on the TNGA (Toyota
New International Structure) that underpins the Camry and the present Prius, and is
constructed on the identical meeting line because the Camry in Toyota’s large meeting plant
in Georgetown, Kentucky. Regardless of these
similarities, on nearer examination, it’s wider and longer than the Camry and
is full of the newest and greatest know-how that Toyota has to supply.
A Styling Tour de Pressure
The Avalon is a really putting car and an actual
eye-catcher. For 2019, it has a two-inch
longer general size at 195.9-inchs, with shortened entrance and rear
overhangs. Mixed with a sweeping
roofline and lowered trunk line, its proportions are beautiful. Our tester was painted in Parisian Night time
Pearl Blue, which made it straightforward to mistake for a high-end luxurious sedan.
Probably the most contentious a part of the automotive is the entrance grill; it
stretches throughout the whole entrance of the 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, suggesting
fake cooling intakes. In some ways, it isn’t a lot totally different from the present
Audi A6 and A8 noses. Put the A6 and the
Avalon side-by-side, and it’s arduous to inform them aside. Tasteful software of
LED lighting and accents defines the Avalon’s eyes. Within the upscale Touring and Restricted trims,
adaptive cornering lights assist illuminate the curves by lighting the turns.
The Avalon is a real giant four-door sedan, which is
refreshing in at the moment’s world the place nearly each car at present has to have
some crossover or SUV pretensions. The
Avalon isn’t that heavy of a automotive, tipping the scales at between three,560 for the V6
fashions; our Restricted Hybrid weighing in at three,715 kilos. The trunk area is SUV-sized
with a complete of 16.09 cubic ft, which might be expanded with the rear seats
State of the Artwork Drivetrain
Because the chief in hybrid powertrains, Toyota has not skimped
with the Avalon. For 2019, the Avalon
will get a brand new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine driving the entrance wheels that runs
cleaner, is extra environment friendly and extra highly effective than earlier variations.
The drivetrain options an entire cornucopia of acronyms and
know-how together with variable valve timing (VVT-iE) that makes use of an electrical motor
moderately than oil strain for timing adjustment, direct gasoline injection (DFI)
with multi-hole injectors together with low-pressure port gasoline injectors (PFI)
that permit for optimum gasoline supply relying on driving parameters. The engine has very excessive compression, operating
at 14:1, whereas solely requiring 87-octane gasoline.
However wait, there’s extra!
The engine is married to an all-new hybrid system that gives a
seamless powertrain, which is greater than sufficient for spirited driving whereas
returning implausible gasoline financial system for such a big car. The web energy of the mixed hybrid system
is 215 horsepower, up 15 hp from earlier variations. There are two electrical motors within the Avalon,
one to spice up the engine efficiency, and the opposite to complement charging the
hybrid system’s nickel-metal hydride battery pack situated underneath the rear seat (that
doesn’t compromise trunk area).
Common Avalon powertrains use an eight-speed transmission,
however the hybrid model makes use of a constantly variable transmission (CVT) front-wheel-drive
transaxle. The powertrain elements are
tightly built-in with elevated gasoline effectivity in thoughts. No stone has been left unturned to maximise
effectivity with enhanced integration of the electrical motors and CVT, which has
gained 20 % in power conversion effectivity, and 10 % in cooling
enhancements. The Avalon additionally takes
benefit of Auto Glide Management (AGC) that permits the automotive to be powered solely
by its electrical motors, or appearing as if the car is in impartial, relying on
the driving circumstances. This technique is
seamless, permitting each metropolis and freeway driving underneath electrical energy
solely. AGC positively affected our gasoline
financial system. For the time we had the Avalon
we averaged 43.6 mpg in mixed metropolis and freeway driving (in comparison with the EPA
numbers of 43 metropolis./44 freeway/44 mixed)
A Practical and Snug
Consistent with the touring taste of the 2019 Toyota Avalon
Hybrid, the inside is exceptionally snug and spacious. Borrowing from sports activities automotive design the place
“every thing falls simply handy,” the devices, middle console,
and infotainment stack are proper the place they have to be. Rear seating is limousine high quality with extra
than two inches extra rear seat and flooring area than in earlier
generations. The inside is
conservative in fashion with tasteful accents of aluminum and actual wooden. The
seats have giant cushions and seatbacks that cradle, however aren’t confining. Relying on the trim, seats and doorways are
adorned in both in Ultrasuede or leather-based.
Within the driver’s command middle, the three-spoke steering
wheel with enlarged hand grips accommodates multifunction controls permitting for
clean operation of the cruise, multimedia and security techniques. The 7.Zero-inch info show supplies turn-by-turn
navigation, security alerts, engine efficiency and hybrid techniques
operation. Our Restricted trim model additionally
included a 10-inch shade head-up show (HUD).
tasks important information, corresponding to car and engine speeds, turn-by-turn
instructions, audio settings, and drive mode, onto the decrease portion of the
windshield. It helps drivers keep targeted on the street forward and was one of many
greatest HUDs we’ve got skilled.
Between the entrance seats is Avalon’s slim middle stack. The
skinny panel homes Avalon’s 9.Zero-inch multimedia system (MMS) displaying audio
and navigation in addition to integrating the automotive local weather management system.
Satin chrome-finish ornament surrounds the middle cluster panel that
“floats” above the instrument panel, additional emphasizing the balanced
aura of the fashionable environment. Under the MMS, passengers have quick access to
the slide-open eBin containing a 12-volt plug and the usual wi-fi Qi
cellular gadget charger. Situated inside the middle console are a trio of USB
energy ports (making for 5 complete). An element cupholder, half telephone cradle is situated
atop the entrance console, sitting adjoining to the gear selector. Supple padding
strains both aspect of the console’s decrease tunnel at knee peak. Toyota has lastly added Apple CarPlay to the
MMS, however sadly Android Auto was nowhere to be discovered. Within the Avalon Restricted, a JBL efficiency
audio system with 7.1 encompass sound, 14 audio system and greater than 1,200 watts of
energy is normal. The JBL system
sounded nice with a wealthy, deep sound that complimented the quiet and
well-insulated cockpit. Street and wind noise are virtually non-existent at velocity.
Prime Security Tech
The Avalon is configured with the complete suite of Toyota Security
Sense P (TSS-P) security techniques and applied sciences. TSS-P features a pre-collision
system with pedestrian detection (PCS w/PD), full-speed vary dynamic radar cruise
management (DRCC), lane departure alert with steering help (LDA w/SA) and automated
excessive beams (AHB). Further normal security know-how consists of blind spot monitor
(BSM) with rear cross visitors alert (RCTA) and again information monitor (BGM).
Our Avalon was additionally configured with a panoramic view
monitor with alert (PVMA) and Clever Clearance Sonar (ICS), with a rear cross
visitors braking (RCTB) system. Avalons
have ten normal airbags and Toyota’s Star Security System, which incorporates enhanced
car stability management, traction management, digital brake-force distribution,
brake help, an anti-lock braking system, Sensible Cease Know-how and a normal
backup digital camera.
A Prime Worth for a
The 2019 Toyota
Avalon Hybrid is an impressive worth as an alternative choice to the “Me Too” run of
the mill SUVs at present. It’s a big
four-door sedan that’s excessive in know-how, deep in sophistication, a pacesetter in
effectivity and exceptionally satisfying to drive.
Avalon pricing is
a relative discount as a result of the content material and high quality of the automotive place it in
competitors with luxurious automobiles’ marques.
It’s understated whereas being stylistically daring and complicated. It has all the most superior tech
obtainable and has trim for each want and pocketbook.
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