A Look at Two Luxury Hybrids

A Look at Two Luxury Hybrids

Luxury vehicles have always been for the people with the deepest pockets. However, even the demand for hybrid vehicles, normally considered the most financially responsible choice, is pushing into the luxury segment. The 2014 Infiniti Q50 and the 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited are two leaders in this luxury hybrid market.

Price

The 2014 Q50 is a bit more expensive to purchase when compared to the Avalon Limited, costing $46,405; about $4,000 more than the Toyota Avalon Limited costs at $42,195. Let’s see which turns out to be the best value for its price.

Performance Specs

The Q50 has a 3.5L V6 that produces about 354 hp while the Avalon has a 268 hp 2.5L V4 . The Q50 wins out in terms of sheer power, but what about fuel efficiency? The Q50 has a 27 city mpg, 32 highway mpg, and about 29.5 mpg combined rating. The Avalon beats it out with 40 mpg highway and 39 mpg city efficiency rating.

Interior Specifications

Another way to gauge the worth of a vehicle is to check out its interior technology options. The Q50 comes with a standard AM/FM radio with a CD player, cruise control, tilt and telescopic steering column, heating, air conditioning, and driver adjustable power seats. The Avalon has the exact same options for a fraction of the price.

Available Trims

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 comes in two different trims: the sports sedan and the premium sedan. Both are nearly the same beyond slight differences in badging, larger tires on the premium sedan, and about 60 pounds of a weight difference. The Avalon Limited comes in three trims: the limited hybrid sedan, the XLE premium sedan, and the XLE touring hybrid. The XLE premium has lowered fuel efficiency (21 city and 31 highway mpg) but has a larger 3.5L 268 hp V6 engine.

Final Verdict?

The choice between these two vehicles is not cut and dry: they offer most of the same options and perform very similarly. People that are interested in the newest vehicles and who want a more powerful vehicle are best served by the Q50. However, people who simply can’t afford the price difference can’t go wrong with the cheaper Toyota Avalon.

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