2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid vs. 2019 Volvo S60

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Safety

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Both the Avalon Hybrid and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear 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, post-collision automatic braking systems, 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 Hybrid its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The S60 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Avalon Hybrid 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 Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Avalon Hybrid’s reliability 60 points higher than the S60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon Hybrid second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The S60 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Avalon Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the S60 running its gasoline engine:

MPG

Avalon Hybrid

FWD

XLE 2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/44 hwy

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/43 hwy

S60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/36 hwy

AWD

T6 turbo/supercharged 4-cyl.

21 city/32 hwy

T8 turbo/supercharged 4-cyl. Hybrid

29 city/34 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The S60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Avalon Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the Volvo S60 (5 to 7). This means the Avalon Hybrid produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the S60 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Avalon Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The S60 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Avalon Hybrid 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

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The front grille of the Avalon Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The S60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Avalon Hybrid XSE 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

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

The Avalon Hybrid has 7.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 (103.8 vs. 96).

The Avalon Hybrid has .5 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 5.2 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

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To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The S60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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The Avalon Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Avalon Hybrid will retain 41.14% to 42.47% of its original price after five years, while the S60 only retains -498.28% to 42%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon Hybrid will be $4673 to $13297 less than for the Volvo S60.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Avalon Hybrid as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo S60 isn't recommended.

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

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