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Join our co-hosts John McElroy from Autoline.tv and Gary Vasilash of Automotive Design & Production along with our guest journalists, Chris Paukert of Roadshow by CNET and freelancer Scott Burgess, as they tackle the automotive issues of the week.
SPECIAL GUEST: Dick Ruzzin, Retired GM Designer and the story behind the design of the Opel Bitter CD.
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Legend has it that King Arthur had one… though I think it’s safe to say it wasn’t a hybrid. Of course I’m talking about Avalon which, in Arthur’s case, was the island of his final rest, while for Toyota it’s the name of its popular flagship sedan. And though this fourth generation vehicle may not be able to move a round table anytime soon, it can certainly transport five knights comfortably.
Under the hood, this Avalon is equipped with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system; a 2.5L, 4 cylinder engine that gets a combined 40mpgs which bests its competition by about 10 miles. And with apologies to Arthur’s steeds Llamrei and Hengroen, there’s absolutely no lag in the powertrain when you need the car to get up and go.
But for me, when you talk Avalon overall comfort is the key.
I drove the Parisian Night Pearl model in congested city traffic as well as out on open the highway and never once felt cramped or fatigued: the spacious cockpit and its power adjustable heated and cooled leather front seats saw to that. In addition, this Avalon comes standard with Toyota’s Entune system, which not only linked my phone with the car faster than Arthur pulling Excalibur from the stone, but also provided convenient use of entertainment options as well as navigation tools.
The couple days I spent test driving the car allowed me to concentrate on Avalon’s interior and driving dynamics. It was smooth, steady and comfortable as mentioned above. Maybe not quite the Holy Grail of hybrids, but certainly a treasure in the Toyota lineup that any royal or serf would enjoy.
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Your car can provide you with lots of information, but nothing about the weather except in a generic way. AccuWeather believes it’s time to have your navigation system let you know about the kind of weather you’re about to drive into.
Far fewer Millennials have a driver’s license than any previous generation. This could be a direct threat to the automotive industry, and has big implications for how cities will need to deal with transportation in the future. Cars are not going to go away, but how they get used is already changing.