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AVALON HYBRID A SPLENDID GAS SIPPER

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
For 2017, the Avalon hybrid continues as is except for a now-standard Toyota Safety Sense, which includes a pre-collision system that detects pedestrians, lane departure assist and dynamic cruise control. Otherwise, the fine front-wheel-drive car ekes out 40 city/39 highway stretching the miles to over 600 on a full tank. It all comes at a somewhat hefty price – $42,550.
Once again, the 2.5-liter DOHC inline-4 cylinder gas engine puts out 156 horsepower @5700 rpm and 156 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. It is coupled to an electric motor, which boasts hp up to 200. The sedan is fitted with a 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery, which is recharged by energy captured as the driver applies the brakes or coasts. Also, the Continuous Variable Transmission-equipped car gets a regenerative braking system.
The Avalon operates in three modes: EV, which allows the car to travel for about a mile at 20 mph in perfect conditions; Eco, which is an efficient mode where the driver can control the throttle opening; sport, for the enthusiast behind the wheel. Just keep an eye on the needle-type Hybrid System Indicator and you will eke out substantial fuel savings.
That this is a hybrid version of the sedan is evident from the blue tint in the Toyota emblems as well as the badging on both front side doors. White-ice interior ambient lights enhance the cabin look and feel along with striking wood that dots the dashboard. Other niceties include three-zone auto a/c, power rear sunshade and moon roof, 10-way power driver and 8-way front-passenger seats, heated and cooled front seats and perforated leather seats. Storage bins are abundant in the 102.3 cubic feet of passenger space though the trunk area (14 cubic feet) is limited because of the battery.
The Avalon hybrid is a good-looking, practical and admirable gas sipper that will take you to Miami and back home in comfort and style. All you need to do is fill er up.

AVALON HYBRID (LIMITED)
Tires: P215/55 R17
Wheelbase: 110.9 inches
Length: 195.5 inches
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; dual-link rear
Steering: electric power
Weight: 3,638 pounds
Fuel capacity: 17 gallons
Web site: www.toyota.com

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