December 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 1 month.
Okay, so I think by now, it’sdefinitely safe to say that I can add “Online Car Reviewer” to my resume on LinkedIn.
Last week Toyota sent us our 4th car to review: A 2013 Avalon Hybrid.
For me, this was pretty epic. If anybody is a huge fan of the electric car, it’s me!
I suppose Toyota has pretty much made it obvious they they have cornered the market of electric cars in America.
Of course, I naturally think of their Prius. So I was really surprised to learn that Toyota also makes hybrid electric/gas Avalons as well.
We tested out the Avalon for its stowing abilities last Thursday when we took your teachers their Christmas gifts. I wanted to get a picture of you next their bag of gifts, but you weren’t interested… not until I popped open the trunk.
You wanted inside, with the gifts. I guess that officially marks the first time you’ve been in the trunk of a car.
Monumental moment… let’s savor it for a minute.
Before going inside your school to deliver the gifts, you wanted to go find a brown leaf to put in your cubby.
You found the best one!
I’m thinking that was your attempt at helping me write my review of the Avalon Hybrid.
Yeah, I see where you were going with it…
Leaves are easily associated with “going green.” It’s just that I’m not too sure how a brown leaf plays into that.
Maybe brown is the official color of hybrid cars? Somehow?
Not sure I fully understand your genius idea yet, but if it ends up being a hit with the marketing department at Toyota, don’t worry, I’ll make sure they give you all the credit for it, Son.
In closing, I really liked the Avalon! It was totally up my alley.
Our family drove it for an entire week, plus we took a 2 and a half hour trek to spend Christmas with my side of the family.
As you can see from this picture, we drove 345 miles on it, with still 157 miles before it would have ran out of gas.
How cool is that? The Avalon hybrid can go about 500 miles before needing to go to a gas station.
Yet, it was like driving a “normal” car… except the fact the first time I tried to start it up, it took me four tries before I realized it was already started- that’s how quiet the thing is.
With it being a hybrid, it apparently knows when it’s better to kick back and forth to “gas” or “electric” mode, accordingly; because each time I stopped at a red light, you always responded the same way:
“Daddy, I hear an owl. I think he has a whistle. Is he flying over us? Where is he? Where’s the owl?”
You were hearing the transition into electric mode. And that transition translates into dollar signs being saved…
I’ll put it this way: The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid gets 40 miles per gallon in the city and 39 on the highway. Basically the same! Annual fuel coast is only about $1350.
So… up to this point, I think this is not only my favorite car I’ve reviewed yet, but Mommy’s too. I’ve got a little more to say about it, but I’ll save it for my next letter to you, about us going to the recycling center.
Disclaimer: The vehicle mentioned in this story was provided at the expense of Toyota, for the purpose of reviewing.
P.S. Here’s a collection of my Toyota reviews so far; just click on title to read the full story: