2020 Kia K900 vs. 2020 Toyota Avalon

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Safety

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The K900’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Avalon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The K900 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Avalon doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The K900’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Avalon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the K900 and the Avalon 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 and rear cross-path warning.

The Kia K900 weighs 958 to 1102 pounds more than the Toyota Avalon. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The K900 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Avalon’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the K900 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Avalon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Avalon ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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The battery on the K900 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the K900’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Avalon’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The K900’s 3.3 turbo V6 produces 64 more horsepower (365 vs. 301) and 109 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 267) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Kia K900 is faster than the Toyota Avalon:

K900

Avalon

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.2 MPH

98.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the K900’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Avalon doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The K900 has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon XLE’s standard fuel tank (20.3 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The K900 has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon XSE/Limited/TRD/Touring’s standard fuel tank (20.3 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the K900’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon:

K900

Avalon

Avalon TRD

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

11.7 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

11 inches

11.1 inches

The K900 stops shorter than the Avalon:

K900

Avalon

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the K900 has larger tires than the Avalon (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 215/55R17). The K900’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Avalon (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 235/40R19).

The K900’s 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalon XLE’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the K900 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Avalon XLE.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the K900’s wheelbase is 9.2 inches longer than on the Avalon (122.2 inches vs. 113 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the K900 is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the Avalon.

The K900 handles at .87 G’s, while the Avalon Touring pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The K900 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Avalon Touring (25.7 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the K900 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Avalon doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the K900 a Large car, while the Avalon is rated a Mid-size.

The K900 has 5.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Avalon (110 vs. 104.3).

The K900 has 3.7 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Avalon.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the K900’s available rear seats recline. The Avalon’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the K900 offers cargo security. The Avalon’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the K900. The Avalon doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the K900’s power trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The K900’s power trunk can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Avalon doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the K900 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Avalon. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The K900 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Avalon doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Avalon Limited/Touring, the K900 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The K900’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Avalon’s passenger power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The K900’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Avalon’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Avalon Limited/Touring’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The K900’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

A power rear sunshade and manual rear side window sunshades are standard in the K900 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Avalon doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

The K900 has standard front air conditioned seats and offers them optionally in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Avalon doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The K900 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel is only available on the Avalon Limited/Touring.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia K900 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console and one for the rear passengers. Wireless charging costs extra on the Avalon.

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