2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2020 Jaguar XE

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Avalon are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XE doesn’t offer height-adjustable 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 XE 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 XE doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Avalon and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, 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, its standard 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 82 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 7 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Jaguar 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 71 points higher than the XE.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XE 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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, 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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 54 more horsepower (301 vs. 247) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 5 more horsepower (301 vs. 296) than the XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Avalon is faster than the XE 25t:

Avalon

XE

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

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The Avalon stops shorter than the XE:

Avalon

XE

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

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 XE (113 inches vs. 111.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XE.

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 XE (.27 to .3) 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 XE 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 XE is rated a Compact.

The Avalon has 13.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (104.3 vs. 91).

The Avalon has .4 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 5.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

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The Avalon has a much larger trunk than the XE (16.1 vs. 14.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Avalon Limited/Touring’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XE doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 XE can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Avalon has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 $8665 less than the XE 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 XE only retains 31.71% to 35.6%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Avalon will be $7273 to $26626 less than for the Jaguar XE.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Avalon as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar XE isn't recommended.

The Toyota Avalon outsold the Jaguar XE by almost 8 to one during 2019.

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