Sunday, June 3, 2018

Vehicle Review: 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium - My Birthday, Star Wars and Disneyland

It is time for another vehicle review and this time it is for the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Premium. It was a great way to celebrate my birthday weekend for food adventures, Disneyland and a media screening to go back to a galaxy far, far away!

The Avalon has stylish good looks as you can see above! I love the large 17-inch alloy wheels and the large front grill is aggressive.

I started off my week with another trip to Disneyland in search of new food! I found this cute Mickey Mouse sundae at Clarabelle's in ToonTown! It's almost too cute to eat, almost!

After a day of walking around finding new food in the parks it was time to head home! The wireless charging is perfect to set my  phone upon and let it charge on the drive home!

The next morning brought me to the Brea Mall for the kickoff of the Toy Story Land Mall Tour! My friend Marco was there with his Pizza Planet Truck! I brought my Pizza Planet Truck for scale! This fun event had photo opportunities and prizes!

I am a huge Buzz Lightyear fan and was so happy to get my photo in a Buzz Lightyear toy box!

The hybrid does a great job as I had no problems with speed getting on the freeways here in Southern California. The EPA rates the Avalon at 40 MPG combined.

Another day and another day to celebrate my birthday weekend at Wokcano at the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana! This location is the only one that I am aware of that offers All You Can Eat and it was my go to choice for brunch!

A huge trunk came in handy to hold all the birthday presents!

No better way than to celebrate my birthday than at my favorite place on Earth!

There are a ton of safety features. There are 10 airbags including driver and passenger knee bags and rear outboard seat-mounted bags. A rearview camera is standard on all Avalons. Toyota's Safety Sense-P Suite is also standard and includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, active lane control and automatic high beams.

Gauges are bright even in direct sunlight.

Time to hope into the cockpit, I mean the drivers seat and head to Hollywood for a media screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Avalon provided a smooth drive to the Arclight and I felt like I made it there in less than 12 parsecs.

The cabin is whisper quiet. There is very wind or engine noise. The large 7-inch touchscreen is easy to read and to use.

Time to go watch Solo: A Star Wars Story.

I love that the Arclight usually has costumes of the current movies they are showing at all of their theaters. The Arclight Hollywood has the costumes for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

After watching Solo: A Star Wars Story it felt good to sit in the comfortable drivers seat.

The rear seats are also large and can easily seat three adults. There is a lot of leg and head room here.

The 2018 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium is a classic looking vehicle, with a ton of great safety features, a solid hybrid engine that provides power and great fuel economy, with a spacious interior and providing a fun drive. As tested, my review vehicle came in at $40,132.00.

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