2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Kia K900

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Avalon has standard Safety Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The K900 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Avalon and the K900 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, rear cross-path warning 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 K900 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Avalon’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the K900 runs out after 100,000 miles.

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. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the K900.

There are over 59 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.

Reliability

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 Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Kia is ranked fifth.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Avalon gets better fuel mileage than the K900:

 

 

 

MPG

Avalon

 

 

XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

XSE/Limited/Touring 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/31 hwy

K900

 

 

3.3 turbo V6

18 city/25 hwy

Tires and Wheels

The Avalon XSE/Touring’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the K900’s 45 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Avalon XLE’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the K900’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.2 feet). The Avalon Limited/Touring’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the K900’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Avalon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1100 pounds less than the Kia K900.

The Avalon is 5.7 inches shorter than the K900, making the Avalon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 K900 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the K900 (16.1 vs. 15 cubic feet).

The Avalon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The K900 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Recommendations

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Kia K900 by almost 95 to one during 2018.

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