2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. 2019 Mercedes A-Class

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 A-Class 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 A-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Avalon Hybrid and the A-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon Hybrid for 2 years or 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the A-Class.

There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Engine

The Avalon Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 27 more horsepower (215 vs. 188) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the Avalon Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A-Class doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Avalon Hybrid’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 A-Class doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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 A-Class doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Avalon Hybrid has larger standard tires than the A-Class (215/55R17 vs. 205/55R17). The Avalon Hybrid Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A-Class (235/40R18 vs. 205/55R17).

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 A-Class’ 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon Hybrid’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the A-Class (113 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon Hybrid is .9 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A-Class.

Chassis

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 A-Class doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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

The Avalon Hybrid has standard seating for 5 passengers; the A-Class can only carry 2.

The Avalon Hybrid has 10.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A-Class (103.8 vs. 93).

The Avalon Hybrid has .3 inches more front legroom, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 6.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the A-Class.

Cargo Capacity

The Avalon Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the A-Class (16.1 vs. 8.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Avalon Hybrid XLE/Touring’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Avalon Hybrid Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Avalon Hybrid detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The A-Class doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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