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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 Volkswagen Arteon doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
Both the Avalon and the Arteon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning 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 Arteon was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.
Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Avalon 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Arteon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Arteon ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Avalon’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Arteon’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
There are almost 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.
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 31 points higher than the Arteon.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Arteon 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 27th.
The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 33 more horsepower (301 vs. 268) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Avalon is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon:
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
On the EPA test cycle the Avalon XLE gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon FWD (22 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Avalon uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Arteon requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Avalon higher (5 out of 10) than the Volkswagen Arteon (3). This means the Avalon produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Arteon every 15,000 miles.
The Avalon has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Avalon flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Arteon (113 inches vs. 111.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Avalon is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Arteon.
For better maneuverability, the Avalon XLE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (37.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Avalon Limited/Touring’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (38.7 feet vs. 39 feet).
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 Arteon doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Avalon has 8.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Arteon (104.3 vs. 96.2).
The Avalon has .9 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.
The Avalon Limited/Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Arteon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Avalon’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Arteon’s headlights are rated “Poor.”
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 Arteon doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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 Volkswagen Arteon by over 11 to one during 2019.
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