2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Avalon and the Arteon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, 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 Arteon has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Avalon comes with free roadside assistance for 2 years 25000 miles. Toyota will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Arteon.

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. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Arteon.

There are over 89 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 24th.

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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 16th.

Engine

The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 33 more horsepower (301 vs. 268) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

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

MPG

Avalon

FWD

Auto

XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

XSE/Limited/Touring 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/31 hwy

ATS Sedan

RWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/29 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/30 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/27 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 Volkswagen Arteon (3). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Arteon every 15,000 miles.

Suspension and Handling

The Avalon has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Avalon flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Arteon (113 inches vs. 111.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Arteon.

For better maneuverability, the Avalon XLE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (37.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Avalon Limited/Touring’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (38.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

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 Arteon doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Avalon has 8.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Arteon (104.3 vs. 96.2).

The Avalon has .8 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.

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