2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Infiniti Q50

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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 Infiniti Q50 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Avalon 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 Q50 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Q50 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 Q50 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, 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 Infiniti Q50:

Avalon

Q50

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

162

225

Neck Stress

220 lbs.

223 lbs.

Neck Compression

6 lbs.

45 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.8 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

25%

48%

Neck Compression

64 lbs.

85 lbs.

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 Infiniti Q50:

Avalon

Q50

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

156 G’s

262 G’s

Hip Force

318 lbs.

320 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

46 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

19 inches

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 Q50 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. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Q50.

There are almost 6 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much 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 60 points higher than the Q50.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Q50 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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th, 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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Infiniti is ranked 6th.

Engine

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The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 93 more horsepower (301 vs. 208) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 258) than the Q50 2.0t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 1 more horsepower (301 vs. 300) than the Q50 3.0t’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Avalon XLE gets better fuel mileage than the Q50 2.0t RWD (22 city/32 hwy vs. 23 city/30 hwy).

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 Infiniti Q50 (3). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Q50 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 Q50.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q50.

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 Q50 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Avalon has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q50 (104.3 vs. 101.5).

The Avalon has 2.6 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 5.2 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Q50.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the Q50 (16.1 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

The Avalon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Q50 Pure doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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The Avalon Limited/Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q50 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Avalon’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Q50’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Avalon and the Q50 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Avalon is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Q50 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Q50’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

The Avalon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Q50, and aren’t available on the Q50 2.0t. The Avalon Limited/Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q50.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Avalon Limited/Touring keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Q50 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Q50 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 $1615 to $9495 less than the Q50 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Avalon is less expensive to operate than the Q50 because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Avalon than the Q50, including $235 less for a muffler, $28 less for a fuel pump, $188 less for front struts and $840 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 $6029 to $20080 less than for the Infiniti Q50.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Avalon, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Infiniti Q50 isn't recommended.

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