2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Volvo S60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Avalon and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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, rearview cameras 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 S60 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Avalon 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Volvo 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 96 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volvo is ranked 29th.

Engine

The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 51 more horsepower (301 vs. 250) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 258) than the S60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Avalon uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

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 S60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Avalon a Mid-size car, while the S60 is rated a Compact.

The Avalon has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 (104.3 vs. 96).

The Avalon has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity

The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the S60 (16.1 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Recommendations

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Volvo 60 Series by almost three to one during 2018.

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