2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Cadillac XTS

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Avalon have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac XTS doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Avalon 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 XTS 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.

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

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 Cadillac XTS:

Avalon

XTS

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Hip Force

318 lbs.

339 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

686 lbs.

763 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

HIC

267

393

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

719 lbs.

779 lbs.

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 XTS has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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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. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the XTS.

There are over 36 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’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’s reliability 40 points higher than the XTS.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XTS 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 28th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Avalon is faster than the Cadillac XTS V6:

Avalon

XTS

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.3 sec

17.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

93 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

129 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Avalon XLE gets better fuel mileage than the XTS FWD with its standard engine (22 city/32 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).

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 six-speed automatic is available for the XTS.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Avalon stops shorter than the XTS:

Avalon

XTS

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

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The Avalon has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Avalon flat and controlled during cornering. The XTS’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the XTS (113 inches vs. 111.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the XTS.

The Avalon Touring handles at .85 G’s, while the XTS AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Avalon Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XTS AWD (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Avalon XLE’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the XTS’ (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Avalon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 500 pounds less than the Cadillac XTS.

The Avalon is 5 inches shorter than the XTS, making the Avalon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Avalon has .7 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the XTS.

Ergonomics

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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 XTS can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Avalon’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The XTS’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 $645 to $2615 less than the XTS 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 XTS only retains 32.55% to 33.65%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Avalon is less expensive to operate than the XTS because it costs $381 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Avalon than the XTS, including $104 less for a water pump, $332 less for a muffler, $54 less for front brake pads, $115 less for a fuel pump and $771 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $17697 to $38492 less than for the Cadillac XTS.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Avalon, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac XTS isn't recommended.

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Cadillac XTS by 89% during 2018.

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