With nearly three decades of setting the world ablaze with full-size comfort and style, the Toyota Avalon has etched out its place on the market with a distinct look and dedication to evolving into an executive luxury sedan. The 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid rounds out its run on the market with a brand new trim variation while retaining many of the features drivers have come to love and expect from the nameplate. And with the standard inclusion of Toyota's latest safety suite and infotainment technology, you're getting one of the most refined experiences that a full-size hybrid sedan offers with the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.
New for the final 2022 model year is the XSE Hybrid Nightshade Edition; it's one of three available trims for the Avalon Hybrid, including the base XLE Hybrid and the top-of-the-line Limited Hybrid. The XSE Hybrid Nightshade Edition fits snugly between the XLE and Limited, offering a dynamic exterior marked by a glossy black paint scheme with matching 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels. Glossy black accents and a black spoiler help add to the appeal of the trim, while a lower diffuser in the rear, piano-black mesh grille in the front, and exclusive badging help round out the XLE Hybrid Nightshade Edition's offerings.
In addition to offering car shoppers three trims with unique features for each, you can also get the 2022 Avalon Hybrid in multiple color schemes as well. There are nine unique colors to choose from for the 2022 model year. The colors include the base Ice Edge, Wind Chill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, Harbor Gray Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Supersonic Red, Opulent Amber, and Blueprint.
The 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid comes with a single powertrain setup: a hybrid combination of a 2.5-liter inline Dynamic Force 4-cylinder internal combustion engine paired with two electric motors powered by a 259-volt lithium battery. The motors power the two front wheels for a proper front-wheel drive configuration. The power is put down through a continuously variable transmission, and the electric motors and the 4-cylinder manage to output a combined total of 176 hp at 163 lb-ft of torque.
The hybrid Dynamic Force 4-cylinder combined with the electric propulsion makes the Avalon Hybrid a super ultra-low emission vehicle, thanks to utilizing technologies like variable valve timing with intelligent electric motors and multiple drive modes that allow drivers to exercise eco-conscious travel to their destinations. This is carried out in big part by the multiple drive modes that come standard with the 2022 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. The drive modes include Normal, Sport, EV, and Eco. Each one allows drivers to specify how they want to drive the Avalon, whether it be with snappy response timing from the accelerator or by focusing almost entirely on reducing emissions by utilizing the electric motors; there are options available with how you drive and how you enjoy driving the Avalon.
For those who would like to maintain control over how their Avalon performs when it comes to shifts, the electronically controlled variable transmission comes with a Sequential Shiftmatic Mode. This allows Avalon Hybrid owners to take advantage of manual shifting using the steering wheel paddles for comfortably shifting at your own leisure. All of this technology, however, helps achieve the most impressive thing about the Avalon Hybrid's powertrain setup: fuel economy.
Thanks to the combination of an expertly engineered 4-cylinder and the two battery-powered electric motors, you can achieve some very impressive fuel economy gains during travel in the full-size sedan. At the top end of its offerings, you have a maximum of 43 MPG (miles per gallon) in the city and up to 44 MPG when traveling on the highway. Combined, you're still looking at an average of 44 MPG, making the Avalon Hybrid a very competitive full-size sedan with plenty of luxury and great gas mileage for fewer trips to the pump.
Continually evolving over the years to become more luxury-oriented without the exorbitant executive luxury sedan costs has been one of the Avalon's staples. Toyota has positioned the full-size sedan in a segment where it appeals to those who want something refined and roomy, but not at the expense of being financially unobtainable. The Avalon Hybrid nestles perfectly into this rarely sought-after market segment with a striking look that carries a bold, aerodynamic vented grille and aggressive fascia that are offset with relaxed lines and a refined silhouette.
The mature presence of the Avalon Hybrid makes it just as viable for the commuter as it does the family or those looking for a vehicle to match their new office after a promotion. The styling cues from the different trims give it a lot of versatility, which some sedans lack. With an available full LED lighting array on the exterior, you have instant access to LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED stop lights, and LED taillights.
Available heated outside power mirrors, optional wheels that include chrome alloy finish, and a power tilt/sliding moonroof with sliding sunshade all add to the luster of the Avalon Hybrid. An acoustic noise-reducing windshield, front passenger side windows, and a high solar-energy absorbing glass ensure that everyone inside the cabin is comfortable regardless of the weather or noise outside the vehicle. The comfort and luxury qualities are just as apparent inside as they are on the outside of the vehicle.
Within the cabin, you have standard dual-zone automatic climate control with an electric compressor and rear-seat vents, all standard across the entire Avalon Hybrid trim line. Optional SoftTex or premium leather-trimmed seats with perforated Ultrasuede add additional layers of comfort to the interior. Combined with the heated and ventilated 8-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats with 4-way power lumbar support, you have a guaranteed relaxing ride no matter your destination.
Comfort, luxury, and fuel-saving may all be tenets that the Avalon Hybrid achieves seemingly with ease, but it's important not to overlook how technologically sound the vehicle is. In fact, the 2022 Avalon Hybrid is littered with amazing tech, from the available 10-inch HD color heads-up display with customizable settings and hybrid options to the 7-inch digital driver multi-information display featuring telematics; there is a lot of useful tech within the cabin of the Avalon Hybrid. You also have access to an available bird's eye view camera with perimeter scan and an integrated backup camera with dynamic gridlines, making it perfect for parking in tight spaces.
The tech goodies don't end there, though. With the Avalon Hybrid, you also have an available 9-inch HD touchscreen to use when it comes to vehicle health information, apps, and media access. An available premium 14-speaker JBL sound setup with subwoofer and amplifier, as well as Bluetooth wireless support for streaming connectivity and voice-activated controls, gives you uninhibited access to your smart device media. With the standard inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as integrated support for Amazon Alexa, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Toyota's connected services for Wi-Fi Connect, Remote Connect, and Safety Connect, you're always connected with the Avalon Hybrid.
Multiple USB media ports for charging and connectivity, as well as Qi-compatible wireless charging, make the Avalon Hybrid as full-featured as any of the modern competitors and then some. But none of the tech features come at the expense of safety. For instance, the Star Safety System features stability control, traction control, and electronic brake-force distribution. So there is a lot of tech designed to keep the Avalon Hybrid stable and on the road. With the standard inclusion of other Toyota Safety Sense features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, pre-collision mitigation, pedestrian detection, and lane departure/tracing assists, you have a complete suite of passive and active safety features within the 2022 Avalon Hybrid, making it one of the safest full-size sedans on the market.