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Bought a new (to me) "Avalong"

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First time Toyota owner. Picked up this guy recently, XSE Hybrid w/ 20k miles. Was really in the market for a Camry XSE Hybrid, but 1) was having a really hard time locating one new and 2) used ones w/10-20k miles were selling well over MSRP. I pretty much got this Avalon close to what I was seeing the Camrys go for.

Considering I like the styling of the Avalon more and the added leg room in the back, I had to jump on it.

First impressions are great.

Only "nuances" are:
  • The temp gage doesn't sit in the center. Whatever, that's fine.
  • Fuel gage sits well past "F" when full. Whatever, that's fine.
  • Passenger front headlight has a "haze" to it when looking at it at the right angle. Really strange, but with the wee bit of digging I already did around here it sounds like this isn't uncommon.
  • Had a rattle in the car over larger bumps. I learned that it's the button on the center console. There is about a 1/16" of play in it that isn't spring loaded so when I go over a rougher surface on the road it rattles a bit. Not a big deal, I'm glad I know where it's coming from - I should be able to come up with a fix so the button has some dampening to it.
These are obviously pretty petty things - I've only been in the car for less than a week so not much to complain about.

Obviously love the styling, the fuel economy, and I am really looking forward to some peace of mind. My wife has a Prius and that thing is a marvel to me. It just goes...

My previous car was a CC so I'm also thrilled to have retained most (if not all) of the features I had in it. Plus, now I have lots of the bells and whistles that were absent in the CC as well. Only thing I miss are the rain-sensing wipers... I feel like all cars should have them. Good thing is I'll only be reminded of it when it's raining.
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Got through my first tank... lots of highway driving - averaged 45.4mpg according to my fill-up and the Trip ODO. The dash display should be pretty accurate too. I reset the integrated mpg counter a couple days ago and the mpgs have been climbing since. I had 46mpg on the readout before I cleared it, and am at 42.5mpg now so I expect it to average around 44mpg once I get more miles in.
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I will say that once the hybrid honeymoon phase is over and I'll probably see more around 41-43 to a tank. I've been really easy on it when in EV mode and have been capitalizing on coasting down the mountains without getting on the throttle.

That is all.
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I must ask, does the "Nightshade" designation apply to the Hybrids? When I was digging, non-hybrids had the XSE Nightshade as a trim, but for Avalon Hybrid it was only "XSE".

Even the Camrys distinguish between the two as they have an XSE and an XSE Nightshade.

I've wondered so I don't say the wrong thing.
In 2021, the Avalon XSE Hybrid did not have a Nightshade option. Hence the chrome rear emblem, the chrome trim around the windows and the paint matching door handles.

I wanted a Nightshade Hybrid but that was only avaliable for the 2022 model rear.
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Ok that makes sense - thanks for clearing that up. I didn't think these were officially "Nightshade", though they do have much of the styling.
Got another fill-up in. I'm pretty close to my first tank, averaging 42.6mpg on the dash and 41.6mpg by math. Looks like I might not be seeing the 43-44 I was expecting. One thing that caught me off guard... when I had roughly a quarter tank left, I was estimating that I was going to see about 560mi to the tank. Then on my way home today I got the gas light which completely threw me off guard. I was sure I was going to get through the weekend (not much highway, just some puttering around town), but I didn't.

Then I realized on two mornings this week I let the car run in the morning to warm up. Today specifically, I got distracted and the car ran until what I presume is auto-off (10min?). Anyways, the morning starts aren't free so I think I lost some there. If I extrapolate the 12gal for the fill up to 13gal for the tank, it does bring me to 543mi to a tank... which is pretty close to my early estimate. The 20 or so miles I lost were likely due to the remote starts. Good thing is this week I spent more time driving "normally" as opposed to trying to squeeze out every last mpg. Not much of a difference between fill-ups. Still a pretty good average imo, though I always want moarr.
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I guess one nice thing is in my previous car, I had a 17gal tank, filled with 93 octane @ ~$3.79/gal for roughly $60 fill-ups @ 31mpg (approx. 496mi between fill-ups). With the Avalon, I have the same frequency between fill-ups @ ~500mi, but with $40 fill-ups @ 42mpg.

On my treks to work I average about 37ish on the dash, and on my treks home I average 57ish, and in many cases I have 60mpg pegged on the display. Considering this I was really hoping to see mid to high 40s for my route, but not the case. These trips back and forth make up about 75% of the gas in the tank too. Oh well. For an Avalon, it'll do.
Also, you don't need 93 octane fuel for the avalon hybrid. It does fine with 87 octane where I live.
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Unless I missed it, your OP doesn't mention what year the car is. ;)
In post #8 the OP answers the question of what year it it with " '21 "
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Can anyone confirm what the color code is for my car, or where it is identified on the car? Thanks.

Edit: I'm leaning towards 1J9, Celestial Silver Metallic... But need confirmation.
Look at the tad in the driver's side door jam.

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C/TR. IS COLOR and trim level
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The seats are Leatherette/sueded microfiber. No leather
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As far as I can tell, it's synthetic

And I'm talking from being an owner of my 2021 blueprint blue avalon XSE hybrid

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I really want(ed) to swap my Limited grille for the black one on your XSE (since it's not that expensive and easy to replace) but I'm not sure how it would look with the bright wheels and chrome window trim.
The stock XSE comes with chrome trim around the side windows and grayish wheels.

It cost me about 900.00 USD to CHANGE out the trim, but you can also do a chrome delete at good vinyl/tint shops for about 400.00 USD.

You can either get your existing wheels power coated or buy new wheels.

You can do all of that in stages
@Woodman911 ran into issues with his blackout wrapping which gave me pause.

I agree about the vinyl wrap, it only lasts about 5 yrs if done WELL AND WITH BEST MATERIALS,. That's why I replaced the trim (2x the price of wrap but long lasting). I bought the OEM toyota parts from a toyota dealership, installed all of the top trim around the windows myself, the trim along the bottom of the windows and the 2 rear quarter windows were changed at a auto glass shop.

I couldn't figure out hot to get the bottom trim ro come off the car.
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