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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,367 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid engine problems

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2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 082015

Avalon Hybrid

  • 27,700 miles


I was parking head-in to parking spot. As I reached the final spot, and was shifting gear to P (parking), the car took off like a "rocket" and jumped the curb. This caused damage to the car parked in the next parking spot and my car. The other car had to be towed. I was able to still drive my car. This happened at an office building outdoor parking lot. People standing outside the building (for smoking or otherwise) witnessed it all. They also indicated that the car went like a rocket and they have never seen anything like this.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 012014

Avalon Hybrid

  • miles
2013 Toyota avalon. Consumer writes in regards to unintended acceleration vehicle accident. The consumer stated the vehicle accelerated backwards out of a parking space. Luckily, she did not hit anything or anyone. However, it then accelerated forward hitting another vehicle in a parking space. The vehicle was inspected, and it was determined, the accident was not a result of any type of manufacturing or design defect.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #1

Sep 212013

Avalon Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 400 miles
Driving on straight level interstate with laser cruise set at 65 mph and no other cars or obstacles present, car suddenly braked two times (about 20 minutes apart). The same thing occurred about 7 days later on comparable road in light rain. In this later situation, wipers suddenly went on high speed, for 5 seconds and car braked twice in span of about 5 minutes. The second time this occurred, the master warning light came on for about 30 seconds. We took it to Toyota dealer the next morning in rapid city, sd, who said he could not work on it for a couple of days and suggested we call Toyota. Toyota said it sounded like a cruise problem and asked if we could carefully drive it to salt lake city to be evaluated. On way to salt lake city, car suddenly accelerated above the setting of 65 mph. Pressed brakes to cancel. Dealer in salt lake city said car displayed a defect code for the laser cruise and the blind spot monitoring and said car was safe to drive home to Arizona if we did not use the cruise. Took car back to originating dealer in phoenix area for repairs blind spot monitoring apparently repaired. However, factory rep drove car for 25 miles and stated that this is the way laser cruise is supposed to work and refuses to authorize any repairs. We do not deem the car to be safe to drive and are afraid that Toyota and the dealership are going to do nothing.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

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