2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

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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 Lincoln Continental 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 Continental 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 Continental 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 Continental doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Avalon and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning 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 Lincoln Continental:

Avalon

Continental

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.9 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

266

322

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

41 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

HIC

267

369

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

47 G’s

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

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. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Continental.

There are over 45 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.

Reliability

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

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 Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Avalon gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

MPG

Avalon

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/31 hwy

XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

Continental

FWD

2.7 Turbo V6

18 city/27 hwy

3.7 DOHC V6

17 city/26 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 Lincoln Continental (3 to 5). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Continental 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 six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Suspension and Handling

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The Avalon Touring handles at .85 G’s, while the Continental Reserve AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Avalon XLE’s turning circle is 4.1 feet tighter than the Continental’s (37.7 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The Avalon Limited/Touring’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Avalon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 850 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The Avalon is 5.5 inches shorter than the Continental, making the Avalon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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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 Continental’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 Continental 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 $2285 to $8005 less than the Continental 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 Continental only retains 33.43% to 34.15%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Avalon is less expensive to operate than the Continental because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Avalon than the Continental, including $90 less for a water pump, $727 less for a muffler, $10 less for front brake pads, $131 less for front struts and $842 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 $17629 to $36391 less than for the Lincoln Continental.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Avalon and the Lincoln Continental, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Lincoln Continental by almost four to one during 2018.

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