Should You Drive the Hybrid or V6-Powered Toyota Avalon?

Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon is a spacious and luxurious sedan that offers multiple ways to customize it, including the option of a hybrid powertrain. If you are having issues choosing between the V6-powered model and the hybrid version, then consider the main areas where they differ. With all these differences in mind, it should be much easier to pick a Toyota Avalon based on what you are getting.

Power and Efficiency

The most obvious difference between the hybrid and V6-powered Toyota Avalon is their engines. The Avalon V6 runs on a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 24 valves, Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, and a DOHC design for 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet. The Avalon Hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC engine with VVT-I with an electric motor and has 200 net horsepower. This makes the V6-powered Avalon the clear choice for those who want to maximize power.

If you want to get the best possible efficiency, then the Avalon Hybrid will be a better choice. The regular Avalon does very well for its class, giving you 21 mpg in the city, 30 on the highway, and 24 combined. The Avalon Hybrid increases these to 40, 39, and 40 mpg, respectively.

Trim Choices

As is typically true of hybrid models, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid has fewer trim levels available than the V6-powered Avalon. The Avalon offers five trims while the Avalon Hybrid has three of them. Kenner drivers who are interested in the XLE Plus, XLE Premium, or Limited trim will not find an issue with this, as the features on the Avalon and Avalon Hybrid line up pretty closely. The Avalon adds a base XLE trim and a Touring trim between the XLE Premium and Limited trims. This means that some drivers will find one of these two configurations appealing, and the V6-powered Avalon may be a good choice in that case.


Of course, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid will cost more than the V6-powered one, but you may also be eligible for a tax credit and will save money on fuel. If initial cost is a consideration for you, it is good to know that the 2017 Avalon starts at $33,250** to $41,050** depending on trim, and starting prices for the 2017 Avalon Hybrid range from $37,250** to $42,550**.

Find Out More About the Toyota Avalon

If you still need help choosing between the Toyota Avalon Hybrid and the V6-powered model, the experts at Ray Brandt Toyota in Kenner, Louisiana, can assist you.

**MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excludes tax, license, registration, and options. A delivery, processing, and handling fee may be charged separately. Dealer prices may vary.