2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Volvo S60

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Safety

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Both the Avalon and the S60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

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 S60 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Avalon 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Volvo 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 S60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The S60 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th, 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 96 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volvo is ranked 29th.

Engine

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The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 51 more horsepower (301 vs. 250) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 258) than the S60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Avalon uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

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 S60 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 S60 is rated a Compact.

The Avalon has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 (104.3 vs. 96).

The Avalon has .5 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the S60 (16.1 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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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 S60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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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 S60 only retains -498.28% to 42%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Avalon is less expensive to operate than the S60 because it costs $45 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Avalon than the S60, including $87 less for a water pump, $293 less for a muffler, $31 less for front brake pads and $386 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $2907 to $11290 less than for the Volvo S60.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Avalon, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo S60 isn't recommended.

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Volvo 60 Series by almost three to one during 2018.

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