2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Cadillac CTS

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Avalon has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The CTS doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Avalon and the CTS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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’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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 27th.

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.

Engine

The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 33 more horsepower (301 vs. 268) than the CTS’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Avalon

 

FWD

XLE 3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

CTS

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/29 hwy

 

 

3.6 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Avalon higher (5 out of 10) than the Cadillac CTS (3 to 5). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the CTS every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

The Avalon 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 CTS; 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

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CTS.

The Avalon Touring handles at .85 G’s, while the CTS Premium pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The design of the Toyota Avalon amounts to more than styling. The Avalon has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the CTS (.3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Avalon get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Avalon has 7.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CTS (104.3 vs. 97).

The Avalon has 2 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear legroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS.

Cargo Capacity

The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the CTS (16.1 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon will cost $1130 to $6420 less than the CTS over a five-year period.

The Avalon will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Avalon will retain 47.15% to 48.78% of its original price after five years, while the CTS only retains 39.07% to 55.18%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $17668 to $37884 less than for the Cadillac CTS.

Recommendations

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Cadillac CTS by over three to one during the 2018 model year.

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