2019 Toyota Avalon: First Drive Review

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Avalon Hybrid
The new Avalon Hybrid is powered by the next-generation Toyota Hybrid System II that combines a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine with two electric motor generators for total system output of 215 horsepower. One electric motor generator acts as the engine starter and charges the battery, while the second electric motor generator drives the front wheels and captures energy through regeneration during braking. Power is delivered through a continuously variable transmission with sequential shift mode. The compact battery pack is positioned under the rear seat, and Avalon Hybrid offers the same cargo capacity as the gasoline version — the rear seat sits a mere 10 mm higher and the center of gravity is lower.

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