2020 Mercedes A-Class vs. 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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Safety

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

The A-Class offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The A-Class’ 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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the A-Class and the Avalon Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The A-Class comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Avalon Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Mercedes A-Class is faster than the Toyota Avalon Hybrid:

A-Class

Avalon Hybrid

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

8.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.8 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

90 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A-Class’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon Hybrid:

A-Class

Avalon Hybrid

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

11 inches

The A-Class stops shorter than the Avalon Hybrid:

A-Class

Avalon Hybrid

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The A-Class’ optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalon Hybrid XSE/Limited’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A-Class offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Avalon Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the A-Class can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The A-Class offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Avalon Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The A-Class’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the A-Class’ turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Avalon Hybrid XLE’s (36.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The A-Class’ turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Avalon Hybrid XSE/Limited’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes A-Class may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Toyota Avalon Hybrid.

The A-Class is 1 foot, 4.8 inches shorter than the Avalon Hybrid, making the A-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The A-Class has 2.9 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Avalon Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the A-Class’ available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Toyota. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 30% lower rating, Toyota is ranked 14th.

Ergonomics

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The A-Class 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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Avalon Hybrid Limited, the A-Class has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The A-Class’ 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 Hybrid’s passenger power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The A-Class’ 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 Hybrid’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Avalon Hybrid Limited’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The A-Class’ optional 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.

The A-Class’ optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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