2017 Toyota Avalon Staten Island, NY
Island Toyota of Staten Island, NY introduces the 2017 Toyota Avalon. The Avalon’s sculpted and swanky styling, luxuriously modern interior, and surprising agility give even pricier rivals a run for their money. A 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic are smooth and responsive. An efficient hybrid version is also offered, pairing a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor and sending 200 hp through a CVT. For long-distance cruising in style and comfort, the Avalon is hard to beat—and its dashing looks will charm more than just the AARP set.
Whereas hybrid powertrains are relatively common among mid-size family sedans (including the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and even the latest Chevrolet Malibu), go up one level and they’re suddenly very hard to find. There’s no hybrid version of the Ford Taurus, the Dodge Charger, the Chevrolet Impala, or the Nissan Maxima. The Buick LaCrosse offers the “eAssist” mild-hybrid powertrain (for now—a new LaCrosse is on its way for 2017), but only the Toyota Avalon comes as a full hybrid version. Other large hybrid sedans are restricted to luxury nameplates.
Leave it to Toyota to offer a hybrid where other automakers do not. After all, the company’s Hybrid Synergy Drive is available in 14 different U.S. models (six with Lexus nameplates, eight badged as Toyotas) and 40 different vehicles worldwide. The technology in the Avalon is standard Toyota hybrid fare: a gasoline engine—in this case a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder—augmented by an electric motor, which makes the car capable of traveling short distances (very short distances) at low speeds (under 20 mph) using only electric power. The nickel-metal-hydride battery pack resides behind the rear seats, which reduces trunk space from 16 to 14 cubic feet. The battery pack is replenished by regenerative braking and by the smaller of the two electric motors, which also acts as the starter motor for the gas engine and sets the drive ratio between the engine and the wheels. The engine has an auto stop-start feature, too.
Stop by Island Toyota of Staten Island, Ny today and come check out the all new 2017 Toyota Avalon and take it for a test drive today!