2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Lexus IS Series

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Safety

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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 IS Series 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 IS Series 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 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 IS Series doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Avalon Limited/Touring offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The IS Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Avalon and the IS Series 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 and rearview cameras.

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 Lexus IS Series:

Avalon

IS Series

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

162

274

Neck Injury Risk

35%

36%

Neck Stress

220 lbs.

339 lbs.

Neck Compression

6 lbs.

47 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

25%

55%

Neck Stress

180 lbs.

197 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

447/453 lbs.

426/505 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 Lexus IS Series:

Avalon

IS Series

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

156 G’s

193 G’s

Hip Force

318 lbs.

474 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

686 lbs.

691 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

HIC

267

295

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

39 G’s

Hip Force

719 lbs.

806 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 IS Series has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon for 1 year and 15000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the IS Series (2/25000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Avalon’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the IS Series’ camshafts. If the IS Series’ belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 33 points higher than the IS Series.

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

Engine

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The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 60 more horsepower (301 vs. 241) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 258) than the IS 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 41 more horsepower (301 vs. 260) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 236) than the IS 300 AWD’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Avalon is faster than the IS 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

Avalon

IS Series

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

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Avalon XLE gets better fuel mileage than the IS 350 RWD 8-speed Auto 3.5 V6 (311 HP) (22 city/32 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Avalon stops shorter than the IS Series:

Avalon

IS Series

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Avalon XSE/TRD/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the IS Series (235/40R19 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Avalon XSE/TRD/Touring has standard 19-inch wheels. The IS Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the IS Series (113 inches vs. 110.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the IS Series.

The Avalon Touring handles at .85 G’s, while the IS Series AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

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 IS Series is rated a Compact.

The Avalon has 14.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the IS Series (104.3 vs. 90.2).

The Avalon has 1.5 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 8.1 inches more rear legroom, .8 inches more rear hip room and 3.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the IS Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the IS Series (16.1 vs. 10.8 cubic feet).

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 IS Series 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 IS Series has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The power windows standard on both the Avalon and the IS Series 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 IS Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 IS Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 IS Series’ headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Avalon has standard extendable sun visors. The IS Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Avalon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the IS Series. 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 IS Series.

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 $2970 to $6955 less than the IS Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Avalon is less expensive to operate than the IS Series because typical repairs cost much less on the Avalon than the IS Series, including $149 less for a water pump, $62 less for a muffler, $458 less for a starter, $225 less for fuel injection and $894 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 $8071 to $11027 less than for the Lexus IS Series.

Recommendations

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

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Lexus IS Series by 46% during 2018.

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