2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Cadillac XTS

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Avalon its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XTS has not been fully tested, yet.


Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the XTS.

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.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 second in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

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.


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




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:









22 city/32 hwy



XSE/Limited/Touring 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/31 hwy




3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy



3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/26 hwy



V-Sport 3.6 turbo V6

16 city/23 hwy


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:





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).


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.


The Toyota Avalon outsold the Cadillac XTS by 89% during 2018.

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