2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Kia Stinger

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 Stinger doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Avalon and the Stinger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

The Avalon’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Stinger 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 Stinger.

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

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.

Engine

The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 46 more horsepower (301 vs. 255) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 260) than the Stinger 2.0L’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Avalon V6 is faster than the Stinger 2.0L:

 

Avalon

Stinger

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

95.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Avalon

 

FWD

XLE 3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

 

3.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

Stinger

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

 

3.3 turbo V6

19 city/25 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

 

 

3.3 turbo V6

18 city/25 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 Kia Stinger (3). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Stinger every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Avalon has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Stinger doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Avalon stops much shorter than the Stinger:

 

Avalon

Stinger

 

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Avalon XSE/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Stinger (235/40R19 vs. 225/40R19).

Chassis

The design of the Toyota Avalon amounts to more than styling. The Avalon has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the Stinger (.3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Avalon get better fuel mileage.

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 Stinger doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Avalon has 10.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Stinger (104.3 vs. 93.8).

The Avalon has .2 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stinger.

Ergonomics

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 Stinger’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon will cost $390 to $4280 less than the Stinger 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 Stinger only retains 40% to 43.12%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $4156 to $18078 less than for the Kia Stinger.

Recommendations

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Kia Stinger by over two to one during the 2018 model year.

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