If you want great fuel economy but need the space of a large sedan, you're probably thinking, "I can't have both."

Well, what if we told you that you can have both?

Meet the all-new 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited, a luxurious full-size sedan that just so happens to get 40 miles per gallon. Do we have your attention? Good. Here are our top five reasons to buy this groundbreaking Toyota.

1. Incredible Fuel Economy

No question, mileage per gallon is the main event. The Avalon Hybrid gets an incredible 40 mpg in urban driving and 39 mpg on the highway, so it's actually more fuel efficient in the city, where most cars are at their worst. A large sedan has never achieved fuel economy like this.

And check this out: Although the Hybrid accelerates surprisingly well with the extra torque from its electric motor, Toyota also offers a regular V6-powered Avalon that boasts plenty of power (268 horsepower versus 200 hp for the Hybrid) and a respectable 21/31 mpg.

2. Serious Space

Toyota's pitching the Avalon as a Lincoln Town Car replacement, so it's big inside. Seriously big. Front-seat occupants have plenty of room to stretch out, while rear passengers are in another zip code back there. And even though there's a battery pack under the trunk floor, you can still squeeze in 14 cu ft of luggage, which isn't far off the regular Avalon's 16 cu ft.

3. Loaded With Luxuries

If you're thinking the 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited is all about being frugal, think again. The Avalon has always been a borderline luxury car, and the new Hybrid is no exception. Check out some of the standard features: Xenon headlights with LEDs, tri-zone automatic climate control with rear controls, perforated leather and a 7-inch touchscreen with a hard-drive-based navigation system. This car is a Lexus by another name.

4. Fun to Drive

Yeah, you heard right. This hybrid-powered, full-size sedan is actually entertaining from behind the wheel. Toyota made handling a priority, and it shows: The new Avalon stays pretty flat in corners, and the steering and chassis are surprisingly responsive. No one can dismiss this car as a land yacht anymore, and we call that progress.

5. Still an Easy Rider

The new Avalon may be sportier this time around, but Toyota hasn't forgotten about this car's bread and butter: a supple, quiet ride. Get the Avalon out on the freeway and it eats up the miles smoothly and silently, just the way Avalon aficionados like it.

Conclusion

With the all-new Avalon Hybrid, Toyota's got the only 40-mpg full-size sedan on the market. You thought you couldn't have it all, but the 2013 Avalon Hybrid looks set to prove you wrong.

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Josh Sadlier is an automotive journalist based in Los Angeles and has contributed to such publications as Edmunds.com and DriverSide.com. He holds arguably the most unexpected degree in his profession: a master's in Theological Studies.

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