2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD 

  • $36k
  • 2.5L Hybrid
  • 40 city 39 hwy
8.4 Out of 10
The 2013 Toyota Avalon again has a price that launches well into luxury territory, but you get your money's worth with an impressive, luxury-caliber feature set.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
The 2013 Toyota Avalon has a spacious interior, supportive seats, superb detailing, and futuristic capacitive controls; you may easily mistake this for a Lexus.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)

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Reviews Word on the street for the Toyota Avalon

The design theme of the Avalon is 'Elegant Athletic,' and overall this design is a brisk lane-change—to the degree that it almost warrants a new model name.

Still far from being "fun," the new Avalon is at least far less sloppy than the old one, though its gentle ride quality will surely be missed by some.

The 2013 Toyota Avalon looks to change all that with a striking new design, responsive driving dynamics, and advanced, yet easy-to-use in-vehicle technology.


8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The 2013 Toyota Avalon offers perhaps the finest cabin in its class, with first-rate materials, user-friendly controls and impressive fit and finish.
by KBB (Feb, 2013)
This latest iteration preserves the high levels of luxury and comfort that made the Avalons of yesteryear such a success, but adds a dose of athleticism and panache to the mix.
by KBB (Feb, 2013)
Even with the trim job, the Avalon has an interior that’s roomier overall than that of the big Lexus LS.
by Car and Driver (May, 2013)


If your tastes are more sporting in nature, the Nissan Maxima or the 365-horsepower Ford Taurus SHO might be a better fit.
by KBB (Feb, 2013)
The smooth and responsive port-injected 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 should be familiar to longtime Avalon fans, and it has more than sufficient squirt for the chassis.
by Car and Driver (May, 2013)
6 models of the Avalon are still anticipated to be the more popular; they come with Toyota's familiar 3.5-liter V-6, putting out 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


The six-speed automatic’s torque-managed shifts are seamless.
by Car and Driver (May, 2013)
This contemporary look is finished off with a set of 17-inch or optional 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets.
by KBB (Feb, 2013)
For drivers who want to stretch each gallon of gas, Toyota is offering the Camry hybrid’s powertrain in the Avalon.
by Car and Driver (Oct, 2012)


It handles similarly to the V-6 Avalon, with minimal body roll.
by cars.com (Dec, 2012)
About that steering, Avalon’s electrically boosted variable-ratio unit is quicker overall than that in last year’s car, and a bigger rear anti-roll bar reduces understeer and body roll.
by Car and Driver (May, 2013)
Otherwise, the Avalon's ride quality is rather non-eventful; there's no longer a lot of body motion, or a super-pillowy, almost queasy ride.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


The new Avalon looks interesting, and feels more lively, and steers into a more compelling direction with a visually dramatic interior and a full dose of high-tech safety equipment.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
It's huge; the grille stands out in photos and in person.
by cars.com (Dec, 2012)
What gives the design punch though is the offset of the rear fender, along with the way the sheetmetal so gracefully flows from the roofline and the doors, meeting in a way that looks not computer-designed but positively hand-sculpted with a series of French curves.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Toyota
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 680 miles
Highway range 663 miles
MSRP $36k
Annual cost $8,487

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.5 m³
CO2 per car made 0.46 metric ton

power & handling

Max torque 156 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Max HP 156 HP @ 5,700 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 22.98 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.69 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.1 in Disc
Front wheel width 215 mm
Front wheel diameter 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Rear side
  4. Driver
  5. Passenger
  6. Side
  7. Rear side w/head
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Standard
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 72.2 in
Front track width 62.6 in
Height 57.5 in
Ground clearance 5.5 in
Length 195.2 in
Wheelbase 111 in
Curb weight 3,585 lb
Tow weight 1,000 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 53 ft³
Rear seat room 49 ft³


Carbon monoxide/mile 0.1 g
Methane/mile 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 130 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.5L
Air compressor None
Fuel Hybrid
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable
Transmission Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 8 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio N/A
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Standard
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard
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