2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Infiniti Q50

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 Q50 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Avalon and the Q50 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Q50.

There are almost 6 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Infiniti 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 Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Infiniti is ranked 6th.

Engine

The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 93 more horsepower (301 vs. 208) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 258) than the Q50 2.0t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 1 more horsepower (301 vs. 300) than the Q50 3.0t’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Avalon gets better fuel mileage than the Q50:

 

 

 

MPG

Avalon

 

FWD

XLE 3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

Q50

 

RWD

2.0t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

20 city/29 hwy

 

 

Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

20 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

2.0t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

 

3.0t 3.0 turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

 

 

Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6

19 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 Infiniti Q50 (3). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q50 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Avalon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q50.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q50.

Chassis

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 Q50 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Avalon has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q50 (104.3 vs. 101.5).

The Avalon has 2.6 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 5.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Q50.

Cargo Capacity

The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the Q50 (16.1 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

The Avalon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Q50 Pure doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Avalon and the Q50 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Avalon is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Q50 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Avalon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Q50, and aren’t available on the Q50 2.0t. The Avalon Limited/Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q50.

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 Q50 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon will cost $2050 to $10345 less than the Q50 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $5733 to $20291 less than for the Infiniti Q50.

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