2018 and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Toyota Avalon Hybrid: What Are the Differences?

It's a question that we get asked frequently by lovers of the premium drive, and it often leads to many others. So, our Toyota experts put their heads together, pooled their encyclopedic knowledge and expertise of the Toyota luxury car lineup, and came up with an easy-to-explore comparison of the Toyota flagship sedan favorites. The result was an appraisal of how well the full-size car beloved of those looking for a distinctive travel experience has evolved over the last couple of model years. Discover how Toyota Avalon and its hybrid sibling compare for yourself right here at Toyota of Portsmouth!

  • For one, 2019 Avalon, in both gas and hybrid variants, is longer by 2 inches and wider by nearly a full inch than its 2018 predecessor, evocative of a more prominent stance and promising a more level, stable, and ultimately more comfortable ride.
  • Secondly, the new Avalon is also more powerful than last year, and that's for both powertrains. 2018 Avalon built in a 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 capable of 248 pound-feet of torque, while 2018 Avalon Hybrid incorporated a 200 net horsepower hybrid engine system with a 2.5-liter I4. 2019 Avalon, on the other hand, sees a bump up to 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet, while 2019 Avalon Hybrid offers 215 net horsepower and a new 2.5-liter Dynamic Force inline-four. The long and short of it: the latest Avalon is more energetic, sportier, and more confident.
  • It's also more fuel-efficient. Last year's model got superb mileage, around 21 city mpg, 30 highway mpg, and 24 combined mpg -- 40 mpg, 39 mpg, and 40 mpg respectively in hybrid -- on a 17-gallon fuel tank. This year's does better on a 14.5-to-15.8-gallon tank, depending on trim, or 13.2 gallons in hybrid. The current Avalon can get up to 22 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined, while the current Avalon Hybrid can get up to 43 mpg, 44 mpg, and 44 mpg respectively.

Of course, these advancements aren't all 2019 Avalon has to show for itself. It gets a couple more gears on last year's model, too, making for nearly seamless shifts, and that's not to mention it's a little roomier for both passengers and cargo and loaded with safety and driver-assistance standards like the Toyota Star Safety System&#trade; and Toyota Safety Sense&#trade; P (TSS-P). You can now even count on a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert to come standard in the base instead of at the midrange. Plus, the infotainment system's display size gets a couple-inch bump, as do the car's speaker system options see a few extra.

The best way to see the difference, however, is firsthand. So, when it's time to try something entirely new and reenergize your drive with more than a few touches of luxury, feel free to stop by and see us here at 150 Greenleaf Avenue in Portsmouth, NH. We'll be delighted to take you on a tour of the new Toyota Avalon!

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