Although I’m a Seattle native and, for the most part, accustomed to long winters of mostly gray skies and rain lasting from October into June, there are times when it feels heavy and a dose of vitamin D directly from the source is required to renew the spirit.
We woke up to rain our first morning in LA – rain! So after a little shopping in Beverly Hills, we packed up and decided to head out to Palm Springs for a better chance of dry weather. We waited for the valet to bring our car around, and after he got out of the car he started talking about it to the other valets. He mentioned the LED dash displays, the iPod port and how great it looked. This was at the Four Seasons LA, where you know they park some pretty sweet rides. He asked me some questions about the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, then loaded up our bags and we were off.
Out on the road, the first thing my daughter did was find the USB port and plug in her iPhone. Within a couple of taps on the touch screen we were listening to her iTunes playlist and Pandora, and making hands-free phone calls home.
Our quest took us from LA to Palm Springs, all over Palm Desert and back to LA – all on about a tank and a half of gas and full reliance on the car’s navigation system. The navigation system told us about traffic congestion and helped us find restaurants, shopping areas and spas.
We returned home rested with a fresh glow, and great stories about our road trip. The next morning at car pool one of the moms was ironically talking about getting a new car, I’m pretty sure I sold a 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid that morning. It was an easy sell.
What We Loved:
Heated leather seats
Easy to drive, no blind spots
Plug and play USB port for iPhone
Back up camera
Touch screen navigation system
Very responsive, great power
Fantastic fuel economy
Smart key door locks – Leave your keys in your purse ladies, the locks open like magic with a swipe of your hand!
Really, what didn’t we like?
What You Need To Know:
Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited
Seating for five
Trunk space 14 cubit feet
200 HP Hybrid Engine
Uses regular gas
40/39 mpg city/highway
Model reviewed was priced around $41,400 msrp
The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited was provided for our trip for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.