2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Audi A4

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Avalon Limited/Touring offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The A4 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Avalon and the A4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Avalon is safer than the Audi A4:

Avalon

A4

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

162

164

Neck Stress

220 lbs.

232 lbs.

Neck Compression

6 lbs.

55 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.8 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

25%

25%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Avalon is safer than the Audi A4:

Avalon

A4

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

163

172

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

156 G’s

219 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

266

277

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

686 lbs.

777 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

267

333

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

47 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The A4 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Avalon 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A4.

There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Avalon has a standard 582-amp battery. The A4’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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’s reliability 30 points higher than the A4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The A4 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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, 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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Audi is ranked 7th.

Engine

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The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 113 more horsepower (301 vs. 188) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 236) than the A4 40 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 53 more horsepower (301 vs. 248) than the A4 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Avalon is faster than the A4 40 TFSI:

Avalon

A4

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

91 MPH

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Avalon higher (5 out of 10) than the Audi A4 (3 to 5). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the A4 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Avalon, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the A4 (113 inches vs. 110 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is .9 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A4.

The Avalon Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the A4 Premium (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis

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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 A4 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 a Mid-size car, while the A4 is rated a Compact.

The Avalon has 12.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 (104.3 vs. 92).

The Avalon has .8 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the A4 (16.1 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Avalon Limited/Touring’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the Avalon the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the A4 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Avalon’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the A4’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

When the Avalon Limited/Touring is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The A4’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Avalon offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The A4 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Avalon will cost $1130 to $5620 less than the A4 over a five-year period.

The Avalon will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Avalon will retain 42.3% to 43.91% of its original price after five years, while the A4 only retains 37.24% to 38.04%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Avalon is less expensive to operate than the A4 because it costs $109 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Avalon than the A4, including $316 less for a water pump, $292 less for a muffler, $24 less for front brake pads, $300 less for a starter, $126 less for a fuel pump and $462 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $7150 to $15673 less than for the Audi A4.

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