2021 Volvo S60 vs. 2020 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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Safety

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The S60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the S60 and Avalon Hybrid have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Avalon Hybrid’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The S60 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The S60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the S60 and the Avalon Hybrid 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, 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 vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the S60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Avalon Hybrid has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The S60 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Avalon Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The S60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Avalon Hybrid’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the S60 for 1 year and 11000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Avalon Hybrid (3/36,000 vs. 2/25000).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the S60 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Avalon Hybrid’s 582-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the S60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the S60’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Avalon Hybrid’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The S60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 35 more horsepower (250 vs. 215) than the Avalon Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The S60 T6’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder produces 101 more horsepower (316 vs. 215) than the Avalon Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The S60 Recharge’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 185 more horsepower (400 vs. 215) than the Avalon Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the S60 T5 is faster than the Toyota Avalon Hybrid:

S60

Avalon

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

8.3 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.4 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the S60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Avalon Hybrid:

MPGe

S60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

Avalon Hybrid

MPG

FWD

XLE 2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/44 hwy

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/43 hwy

The S60 Recharge’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 22 miles, about 14 times as far as the Avalon Hybrid’s 1.6-mile range.

The S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon Hybrid (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The S60 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon Hybrid (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons).

The S60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the S60’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon Hybrid:

S60 T5

S60 Polestar

Avalon Hybrid

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

11 inches

The S60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Avalon Hybrid are solid, not vented.

The S60 stops much shorter than the Avalon Hybrid:

S60

Avalon Hybrid

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the S60 has larger tires than the Avalon Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 215/55R17).

The S60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalon Hybrid XLE’s standard 55 series tires. The S60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Avalon Hybrid XSE/Limited’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S60 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Avalon Hybrid XLE. The S60’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Avalon Hybrid XSE/Limited.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the S60’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Avalon Hybrid XLE’s (37.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The S60’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Avalon Hybrid XSE/Limited’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The S60 is 8.5 inches shorter than the Avalon Hybrid, making the S60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The S60 has .2 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Avalon Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the S60’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the S60 offers cargo security. The Avalon Hybrid’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the S60. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S60’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Towing

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The S60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The Avalon Hybrid has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The S60 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Avalon Hybrid Limited, the S60 R-Design/Inscription has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The S60’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Avalon Hybrid’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the S60 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The S60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Avalon Hybrid Limited’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The S60’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

The S60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Avalon Hybrid.

The S60’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the S60 second among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Avalon Hybrid isn’t in the top three in its category.

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