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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A6 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Toyota Avalon doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
The A6’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Avalon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
The A6 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Avalon doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
The A6 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Avalon doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Avalon doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the A6 and the Avalon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Audi A6 weighs 562 to 706 pounds more than the Toyota Avalon. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The A6 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Avalon’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The A6’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Avalon’s (12 vs. 5 years).
The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 34 more horsepower (335 vs. 301) and 102 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 267) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6.
Regenerative brakes improve the A6’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Avalon V6 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A6’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Avalon V6 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A6 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Avalon V6 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The A6 has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon XLE’s standard fuel tank (19.3 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The A6 has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon XSE/Limited/Touring’s standard fuel tank (19.3 vs. 15.8 gallons).
The A6 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Avalon doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
For better stopping power the A6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon:
The A6’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Avalon are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the A6 has larger standard tires than the Avalon (245/45R19 vs. 215/55R17). The A6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Avalon (255/40R20 vs. 235/40R19).
The A6’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalon XLE’s standard 55 series tires. The A6 Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Avalon XSE/Touring’s 40 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Avalon XLE. The A6 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Avalon XSE/Touring.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A6’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Avalon (115.1 inches vs. 113 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A6 is 2.4 inches wider in the front and .2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Avalon.
For better maneuverability, the A6’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Avalon XLE’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The A6’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Avalon Limited/Touring’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the A6 Prestige has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Avalon doesn’t offer a power trunk.
The engine in the A6 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Avalon. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Toyota. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 44% lower rating, Toyota is ranked 17th.
The A6 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Avalon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The A6’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Avalon XLE/Touring’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A6 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Avalon doesn’t offer headlight washers.
A power rear sunshade is standard in the A6 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Avalon doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
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