2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Infiniti Q70

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Compared to metal, the Avalon’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti Q70 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Avalon and the Q70 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, 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 Q70.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Avalon gets better fuel mileage than the Q70:

 

 

 

MPG

Avalon

 

FWD

XLE 3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

Q70

 

RWD

3.7 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

 

 

5.6 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

3.7 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

 

 

5.6 DOHC V8

16 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 Infiniti Q70 (3). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q70 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 Q70.

Suspension and Handling

The Avalon offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Q70’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q70.

The Avalon Touring handles at .85 G’s, while the Q70 3.7 LUXE pulls only .82 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 300 to 600 pounds less than the Infiniti Q70.

Passenger Space

The Avalon has 1.5 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q70.

Cargo Capacity

The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the Q70 (16.1 vs. 14.9 cubic feet).

The Avalon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Q70 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Avalon and the Q70 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 Q70 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Avalon’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Q70’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Avalon detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q70 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Standard Entune App Suite for the Avalon allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q70 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon will cost $3305 to $7220 less than the Q70 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 Q70 only retains 39.81% to 42.73%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $22027 to $31961 less than for the Infiniti Q70.

Recommendations

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Infiniti Q70 by over seven to one during the 2018 model year.

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