2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Cadillac XTS

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Avalon and the XTS 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, front wheel drive, 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

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Avalon V6 is faster than the Cadillac XTS V6:

 

Avalon

XTS

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.3 sec

17.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

93 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

129 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Avalon

 

FWD

XLE 3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

XTS

 

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy

 

 

V-Sport 3.6 turbo V6

16 city/23 hwy

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Avalon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the XTS.

Brakes and Stopping

The Avalon stops shorter than the XTS:

 

Avalon

XTS

 

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Avalon has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Avalon flat and controlled during cornering. The XTS’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the XTS (113 inches vs. 111.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the XTS.

The Avalon Touring handles at .85 G’s, while the XTS AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Avalon Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XTS AWD (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Avalon XLE’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the XTS’ (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Avalon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Cadillac XTS.

The Avalon is 5 inches shorter than the XTS, making the Avalon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Avalon has .7 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the XTS.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon will cost $675 to $2710 less than the XTS 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 XTS only retains 34.07% to 36.66%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $17449 to $36050 less than for the Cadillac XTS.

Recommendations

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Cadillac XTS by 90% during the 2018 model year.

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