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The Avalon Hybrid has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Taycan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Avalon Hybrid has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Taycan doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Avalon Hybrid Limited offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Taycan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
To help make backing safer, the Avalon Hybrid’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Taycan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Avalon Hybrid and the Taycan 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, 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, its standard 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 82 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Taycan has not been tested, yet.
Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Avalon Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the Taycan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Taycan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon Hybrid for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Porsche pays for maintenance for the Taycan (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).
There are over 6 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon Hybrid’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon Hybrid second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Taycan 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 Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th, below the industry average.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Porsche vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Porsche is ranked fourth.
The Avalon Hybrid’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel is 580.8 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Taycan’s range is only 192 to 201 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 22 minutes for only an 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 11 hours.
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 Taycan doesn’t offer a CVT.
The Avalon Hybrid has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Taycan; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
The Toyota Avalon Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1400 pounds less than the Porsche Taycan.
For excellent aerodynamics, the Avalon Hybrid has standard flush composite headlights. The Taycan has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.
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 Taycan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Avalon Hybrid a Mid-size car, while the Taycan is rated a Compact.
The Avalon Hybrid has 15.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Taycan (103.8 vs. 88).
The Avalon Hybrid has .3 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 8.2 inches more rear legroom and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Taycan.
The Avalon Hybrid has a larger trunk than the Taycan (16.1 vs. 15.7 cubic feet).
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 Taycan doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Toyota Avalon outsold the Porsche Taycan by almost 214 to one during 2019.
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