Going Places in the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

Instead of flying to Washington, D.C., for the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) Gala, I had the pleasure of driving a 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited.  Thanks to a nor'easter in Raleigh, N.C., my detour included a drive through the Shenandoah National Park. 

Below are highlights of the journey:

At Wayne Farms in Dobson, North Carolina.

It's all about LOVE, y'all!

By sidestepping a nor'easter, this was the only snow
I encountered on the road

This view, though ...

Hello Roanoke.

Goodbye snow ...

Baby's got back ...

K-Pop?  No, T-Rex in Luray, VA!

Hello Yogi ... thanks for the treats!

Closer to the final destination.

Yes, this is SO happening!

Into the great wide open ...

Close encounters of the deer kind ...

The deer all paused ... they had to check out
 the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited.

Digital sensors should never look into the eyes of the sun,
but sometimes, that's where the "shot" is.

Not a Joshua Tree.

A Thelma and Louise scene is NOT happening here.

"Does the sunlight make my trunk look big?" Who cares!
Trunk space is needed when you're going places.

See ya, Shenandoah ...
2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited specs: 


• 3.5-liter V6 engine

• 6-speed automatic transmission

• 268 hp @ 6200 rpm

• 21 city/31 hwy/24 combined est. mpg41 

Exterior Features

• 18-in. Super Chrome alloy wheels2

• High Intensity Discharge (HID) Quadrabeam headlights with

auto on/off feature and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

with on/off feature

• Color-keyed heated, auto-dimming power outside mirrors with

turn signal indicators, puddle lights and manual folding feature

• Rain-sensing washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers 

Interior Features

• Premium perforated leather-trimmed multi-stage heated and

ventilated front seats; 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with

power lumbar support and power cushion extension; 8-way

power-adjustable front passenger seat

• Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio with Integrated Navigation14 and

App Suite15 — includes the Entune™ Multimedia Bundle4 (7-in. highresolution

touch-screen with split-screen display, AM/FM CD player

with MP3/WMA playback capability, 11 JBL® GreenEdge™ speakers

in nine locations including subwoofer and amplifier, auxiliary audio

jack, USB 2.0 port5 with iPod®6 connectivity and control, advanced

voice recognition,7 hands-free phone capability, phone book access

and music streaming8 via Bluetooth®9 wireless technology), Siri®

Eyes Free,10 Entune® App Suite,15 HD Radio™11 Technology, HD

Radio™ Predictive Traffic and Doppler weather overlay, AM/FM

cache radio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio12 with 3-month complimentary

SiriusXM All Access trial,43 Gracenote® album cover art and

integrated backup camera13 display with projected path

• Three-zone automatic climate control

• Power rear window sunshade

• White ice interior ambient lighting

• Aluminum scuff-plate doorsills 

Every 2018 Avalon model is equipped with ten standard airbags26 and integrated features like Star Safety System™ and Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)30 to help you drive with confidence. A highly developed package of safety technologies, TSS-P combines Pre-Collision System31 with Pedestrian Detection32 (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA),33 Automatic High Beams (AHB)34 and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).35 All around, these features create in-the-moment safety designed to support your awareness and decision-making on the road. 

The road trip from Griffin, GA, to Washington, DC in the 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited was one of the best ever ... thank you, Corey Proffitt and Toyota USA!


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