2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class Sedan

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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 C-Class Sedan 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 C-Class Sedan 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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Avalon and the C-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, 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 Mercedes C-Class Sedan:

Avalon

C-Class Sedan

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

25%

60%

Neck Compression

64 lbs.

219 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 Mercedes C-Class Sedan:

Avalon

C-Class Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1 inches

Hip Force

318 lbs.

452 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

266

459

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

67 G’s

Hip Force

686 lbs.

949 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

719 lbs.

769 lbs.

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

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Avalon 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the C-Class Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the C-Class Sedan 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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the C-Class Sedan.

There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mercedes 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 44 points higher than the C-Class Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The C-Class Sedan 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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, 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 Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 13th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Engine

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The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 46 more horsepower (301 vs. 255) than the C 300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

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 C-Class Sedan (235/40R19 vs. 225/40R19).

The Avalon has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the C-Class Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the C-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the C-Class Sedan (113 inches vs. 111.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is .8 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Sedan.

For better maneuverability, the Avalon XLE’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the AMG C 43 Sedan’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The design of the Toyota Avalon amounts to more than styling. The Avalon has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the C-Class Sedan (.3 to .32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Avalon get better fuel mileage.

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 C-Class Sedan 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 C-Class Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Avalon has 14.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Sedan (104.3 vs. 90).

The Avalon has .3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 3 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the C-Class Sedan (16.1 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Avalon has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the C-Class Sedan. 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 C-Class Sedan.

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 $1420 to $5990 less than the C-Class Sedan 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 C-Class Sedan only retains 36.56% to 37.71%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Avalon is less expensive to operate than the C-Class Sedan because it costs $427 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Avalon than the C-Class Sedan, including $272 less for a water pump, $568 less for a muffler, $4 less for a starter, $390 less for a fuel pump, $64 less for front struts and $457 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 $12022 to $24362 less than for the Mercedes C-Class Sedan.

Recommendations

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

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