2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Genesis G80

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 G80 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Avalon Limited/Touring offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The G80 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Compared to metal, the Avalon’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Genesis G80 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Avalon and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are almost 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Genesis 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’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Genesis vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Genesis is ranked 12th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Avalon V6 is faster than the G80 3.8:

 

Avalon

G80

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Avalon gets better fuel mileage than the G80:

 

 

 

MPG

Avalon

 

FWD

XLE 3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

G80

 

RWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

 

 

3.3T Sport turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

3.8 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

 

 

3.3T Sport turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 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 Genesis G80 (3 to 5). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G80 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Avalon stops shorter than the G80:

 

Avalon

G80

 

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Avalon Touring handles at .85 G’s, while the G80 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Toyota Avalon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1000 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

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 G80 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Avalon has .1 inches more front hip room and 5.3 inches more rear legroom than the G80.

Cargo Capacity

The Avalon has a larger trunk than the G80 (16.1 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

The Avalon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Avalon Limited/Touring keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon will cost $2055 to $7835 less than the G80 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 G80 only retains 40.26% to 44.12%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $10255 to $27023 less than for the Genesis G80.

Recommendations

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Genesis G80 by over three to one during the 2018 model year.

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