Toyota Nation Forum banner

1 - 3 of 3 Posts

·
Premium Member
2008 Highlander Base
Joined
·
35,182 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
This introduction sticky thread is meant for new forum members to introduce themselves to their fellow Toyota Nation members, but in particular to members in this specific vehicle model forum. Please keep this thread strictly to introducing yourself, and if you have a mechanical issue that needs assistance right away then please post a new thread in this forum.

Thank you, and welcome to Toyota Nation! :hi:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Hello From Portlandia!

I'm Joe, and I live in the southern suburbs of Portland, OR (AKA Portlandia). Although I retired from the Army Reserve in 2006, I was not eligible to collect my modest retirement pension until 2017. To celebrate that momentous occasion, I traded in my 2007 Camry for a 2014 Avalon Hybrid Limited. I had fallen in love with the Avalon when I had taken my Camry to the Toyota dealer for servicing, and killed time wandering through the showroom checking out cars. So, when the time came, I found a great deal on a Toyota Certified Used model.

Although I had considered a used RAV4 Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid or Energi (plug-in version), Nissan Rogue Hybrid, Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and the Mazda CX-5, ultimately the SUVs were too expensive on the used market due to their popularity. Mileage was another consideration: I had plans to do some traveling and wanted something that got great mileage. Sedans have a decided edge, even over hybrid SUVs due to lower profile and frontal area. Although I had looked at some Avalon XLE models, I was fortunate to find a Limited model (with the technology package to boot) that was within my price range.

So far, I don't get close to the EPA city mileage. In suburban driving (mixed city/Interstate), I'm only getting around 32 MPG. On straight Interstate driving, I have gotten as much as 45 MPG. Best of all, when I use Sport Mode, it's a lot of fun to drive on the twisty mountain curves of US 20 from Salem to Bend... perhaps not Ferrari fun, but it's a great way to get places. It's the best of both worlds... high mileage like a Prius, but much, much more comfortable.

I'm hoping to get ideas from the forum about possible modifications that might allow my Avalon Hybrid to run in EV mode for more than a few blocks, and possibly at slightly higher speed before the engine kicks in to make suburban driving a bit more practical. I figure there's got to be some kind of programming tweak or computer chip that might help that. I would also be interested in mods that would top off the battery overnight to maximize the EV Mode availability.
 

·
Moderator
Joined
·
6,638 Posts
Hi Joe. Welcome to forums.
I appreciate you using this thread for introduction.

I'd recommend to start a MPG improvement thread in general Avalon, aka TAH - Toyota Avalon Hybrid - section.
Good luck with city mpg.


Best
 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Top