2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. 2019 Volvo S90

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 S90 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Avalon Hybrid and the S90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Avalon Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volvo is ranked 29th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Avalon Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the S90 T8 running its gasoline engine (43 city/43 hwy vs. 26 city/33 hwy). The Avalon Hybrid XLE gets better fuel mileage than the S90 T8 running its gasoline engine (43 city/44 hwy vs. 26 city/33 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Avalon Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the S90:

 

 

 

MPG

Avalon Hybrid

 

FWD

XLE 2.5 4 cyl. Hybrid

43 city/44 hwy

 

 

2.5 4 cyl. Hybrid

43 city/43 hwy

S90

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

T6 2.0 turbo-supercharged 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The S90 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Avalon Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the Volvo S90 (3 to 7). This means the Avalon Hybrid produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the S90 every 15,000 miles.

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 S90 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Avalon Hybrid uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For better maneuverability, the Avalon Hybrid XLE’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the S90 18” wheels’ (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Avalon Hybrid XSE/Limited’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the S90 19” wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 850 pounds less than the Volvo S90.

The Avalon Hybrid is 4.2 inches shorter than the S90, 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 S90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Avalon Hybrid has .7 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the S90.

Cargo Capacity

The Avalon Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the S90 (16.1 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

The Avalon Hybrid’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The S90 Luxury Package doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Avalon Hybrid to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the S90.

Ergonomics

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 S90 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 S90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Avalon Hybrid owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon Hybrid will cost $2320 to $6505 less than the S90 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 S90 only retains 39.02% to 41.61%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon Hybrid will be $17831 to $31292 less than for the Volvo S90.

Recommendations

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Volvo 90 Series by over three to one during 2018.

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