2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2020 Genesis G70

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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 Genesis G70 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 G70 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 G70 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 G70 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Avalon and the G70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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There are almost 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Genesis dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Genesis vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Genesis is ranked fifth.

Engine

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The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 49 more horsepower (301 vs. 252) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 260) than the G70 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 46 more horsepower (301 vs. 255) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 260) than the G70 2.0T’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Avalon is faster than the G70 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder (automatics tested):

Avalon

G70

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Avalon XLE gets better fuel mileage than the G70 2.0T RWD with its standard engine (22 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Avalon uses regular unleaded gasoline. The G70 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Genesis G70 (3). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G70 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Avalon has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The G70 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

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 G70 (235/40R19 vs. 225/40R19).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the G70 (113 inches vs. 111.6 inches).

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 G70 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 G70 is rated a Compact.

The Avalon has 10.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the G70 (104.3 vs. 93.8).

The Avalon has 2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 5.5 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the G70.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the G70 (16.1 vs. 10.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the Avalon the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the G70 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 G70’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 $480 to $3785 less than the G70 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 G70 only retains 41.05% to 41.79%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $3609 to $14869 less than for the Genesis G70.

Recommendations

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Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Avalon as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Genesis G70 by over two to one during 2019.

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