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I've put 40k miles on my 2014. For sure, throttle response isn't instantaneous, but seriously, after 47 years of driving various cars, I wouldn't call the throttle "very unresponsive."
As with many turbo cars (VW/Audis) that I've owned, driving style has to be adapted to the vehicle's design. "Flooring it" is a style that I've not used in well over a decade, especially with the VAG's Direct Sequence Gearbox (DSG). They just don't respond well to aggressive, "instant on" throttle. My 300hp+ 1993 Audi S4 was woefully slow to spool up, requiring attentive driver input at all times. When driven properly, the response was there...every time.
Everything about a hybrid is a compromise. Frankly, I hated my first venture into a Toyota CVT, a 2007 Camry Hybrid. Throttle response was like that of an outboard motor: squeeze the throttle, listen to the engine sing at whatever computer controlled RPM was requested, and wait for the car (boat) to come up onto plane.
Not so with my 2014 Avalon Hybrid. With careful application of the throttle (NOT flooring it!), I can almost always break the front tires loose if I want to, which, I don't!
"The 40/39 MPG ratings are nonsense of course," NOT in my experience, which I've posted elsewhere.
Sorry you're disappointed. Sounds like you need/want the V6! Or, maybe your car has a programming issue?
2014 AvalonHybrid Limited
2015 Nissan Leaf S
2013 Ford CMax SEL
2017 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium
Last edited by pianewman; 02-02-2018 at 06:41 PM.