2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2018 Kia K900

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Avalon Limited/Touring offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The K900 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Avalon and the K900 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

Warranty

The Avalon’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the K900 runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 58 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota first in reliability. Kia is ranked third.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Avalon V6 gets better fuel mileage than the K900 V6 (22 city/31 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy). The Avalon V6 XLE gets better fuel mileage than the K900 V6 (22 city/32 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

Tires and Wheels

The Avalon XSE/Touring’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the K900 V8 Luxury’s 45 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Avalon offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The K900’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

Chassis

The Toyota Avalon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 900 pounds less than the Kia K900.

The Avalon is 4.7 inches shorter than the K900, making the Avalon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Avalon offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The K900 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Avalon has .3 inches more rear headroom and 2.1 inches more rear legroom than the K900.

Cargo Capacity

The Avalon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The K900 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Recommendations

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Kia K900 by almost 72 to one during 2017.

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