2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2020 Genesis G80

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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 G80 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 G80 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 G80 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Compared to metal, the Avalon’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Genesis G80 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Avalon and the G80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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.

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 Genesis G80:

Avalon

G80

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

156 G’s

195 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

719 lbs.

857 lbs.

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

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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As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Avalon is faster than the G80 3.8 DOHC V6:

Avalon

G80

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Avalon XLE gets better fuel mileage than the G80 3.8 RWD (22 city/32 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Avalon uses regular unleaded gasoline. The G80 3.3T Sport 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 G80 (3 to 5). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the G80 every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Avalon stops shorter than the G80:

Avalon

G80

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

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The Avalon Touring handles at .85 G’s, while the G80 AWD pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Toyota Avalon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1000 pounds less than the Genesis G80.

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 G80 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Avalon has .1 inches more front hip room and 5.3 inches more rear legroom than the G80.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon has a larger trunk than the G80 (16.1 vs. 15.3 cubic feet).

The Avalon’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G80 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

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 G80 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Avalon Limited/Touring keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The G80 only offers an air-conditioned driver’s seat.

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 $1920 to $7150 less than the G80 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 G80 only retains 36.48% to 41.02%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $9482 to $26400 less than for the Genesis G80.

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 G80 by almost four to one during 2019.

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