2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. 2018 BMW 330e

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Avalon Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 330e doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Avalon Hybrid Limited offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 330e doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Avalon Hybrid’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 330e doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Avalon Hybrid and the 330e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Avalon Hybrid its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 330e has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Avalon Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 330e. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 330e ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. BMW is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Avalon Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the 330e running its gasoline engine:

MPG

Avalon Hybrid

XLE 2.5 4 cyl. Hybrid

43 city/44 hwy

XSE/Limited 2.5 4 cyl. Hybrid

43 city/43 hwy

330e

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Hybrid

28 city/34 hwy

The Avalon Hybrid has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 330e (13.2 vs. 10.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Avalon Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the BMW 330e (3). This means the Avalon Hybrid produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 330e every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Avalon Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The 330e doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Avalon Hybrid Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 330e (235/40R18 vs. 225/45R18).

The Avalon Hybrid Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 330e’s optional 45 series front tires.

The Avalon Hybrid has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 330e; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon Hybrid’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the 330e (113 inches vs. 110.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon Hybrid is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 330e.

Chassis

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The Toyota Avalon Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the BMW 330e.

The front grille of the Avalon Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 330e doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Avalon Hybrid a Mid-size car, while the 330e is rated a Compact.

The Avalon Hybrid has 7.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 330e (103.8 vs. 96.2).

The Avalon Hybrid has .1 inches more front legroom, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 5.3 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 330e.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the 330e (16.1 vs. 10.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Avalon Hybrid Limited’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The 330e doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Avalon Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The 330e doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Avalon Hybrid Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 330e doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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