2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

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Safety

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Both the Avalon Hybrid and the CT6 Plug-In have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning 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 CT6 Plug-In has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the CT6 Plug-In.

There are over 36 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 28th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Avalon Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the CT6 Plug-In 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

CT6 Plug-In

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Hybrid

23 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The CT6 Plug-In requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In (3). This means the Avalon Hybrid produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the CT6 Plug-In every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

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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 CT6 Plug-In’s 50 series front and 45 series rear 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 CT6 Plug-In; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Avalon Hybrid XLE’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the CT6 Plug-In’s (37.7 feet vs. 40 feet). The Avalon Hybrid XSE/Limited’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the CT6 Plug-In’s (38.7 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Avalon Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 900 pounds less than the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In.

The Avalon Hybrid is 8.2 inches shorter than the CT6 Plug-In, making the Avalon Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 CT6 Plug-In doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Avalon Hybrid has 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the CT6 Plug-In.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the CT6 Plug-In (16.1 vs. 10.6 cubic feet).

The Avalon Hybrid’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The CT6 Plug-In doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Avalon Hybrid. The CT6 Plug-In doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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The CT6 Plug-In’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Avalon Hybrid Limited’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

On extremely cold winter days, the Avalon Hybrid Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The CT6 Plug-In doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Avalon Hybrid owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon Hybrid will cost $6770 to $7420 less than the CT6 Plug-In over a five-year period.

The Avalon Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Avalon Hybrid will retain 46.54% to 47.58% of its original price after five years, while the CT6 Plug-In only retains 29.15%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon Hybrid will be $38741 to $43462 less than for the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In.

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