Speed Dating: 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2015 Toyota Avalon

Ever since its debut as a 2013 model, the current-generation of Toyota Avalon has been one of my very favorite cars. Indeed, I even went so far as “suggesting” that anyone who felt like they needed a nicer car than the Avalon might- just, might– be a bit of an a**hole.

So, high praise- but, would I feel the same way about the car in 2015? After all, I’ve driven some pretty fancy cars since my last week-long review of the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Most notably, one of Mercedes-Benz AMG’s twin-turbocharged V8-powered flagship S63 coupes in a beautiful factory matte white, which have an interior that would have seemed outlandishly futuristic and overwrought in an episode of Star Trek a few years ago. Then there was that Lamborghini Huracán in Palm Beach and, of course, a number of expensive Lexus sedans and SUVs- all of which carried price tags that were multiples of the “lowly” Toyota. After all that, could I really still say that the Toyota Avalon was some kind of cosmic douche-o-meter put on Earth to help the decent people figure out who was compensating for their “shortcomings” by throwing a bunch of excess money around?

 

Absolutely


Am I saying everyone who buys an expensive car is an a**hole? Absolutely not, but it’s a question of justification. If the guy that just bought an $80,000 Porsche Panamera tells you he bought it because he loves Porsches and loves the way it takes corners, that’s awesome. If he tells you that he “needs” a car like that for work or to pick up clients in, well- let’s just say he might not have a full understanding of the word “need”.

I say that because the Toyota Avalon drives beautifully- having much more in common, spiritually, with the old Cadillac and Buick land yachts of my childhood than anything either of those brands offer today. The car is roomy, comfortable, and reasonably quick by land yacht standards with a 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds. That’s within spitting distance of a 5.7 L V8-powered RWD Chevy Impala SS– and the Impala can’t get anywhere close to the Avalon’s 40 MPG combined EPA rating.

 

It Really Is Nice In There


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The pictures above are, probably, from the 2014 model Avalon I drove a year ago- and that doesn’t matter a bit because the cars are virtually identical. The same supportive, roomy seats. The same satisfyingly tactile metal dash. The same well-placed controls. Everything in this car works, and Toyota even managed to create a variation on Lexus’ Enform infotainment system that isn’t terrible. It is, by every measure, a really, really nice car.

In short, I really enjoyed my week behind the wheel of the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. I honestly can’t think of a car that offers more comfort and luxury and fuel economy for the money … or even for a lot more.

 

2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid | Final Thoughts


To be fair, you’re not going to impress anyone with a Toyota badge on the nose of your car, no matter how long, low, and/or swoopy the car is.

 

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Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.