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The Competition

Key Competitive Advantages Of The Toyota Avalon

  • Hybrid Synergy Drive® System

    No other competitor offers the advantage of full hybrid technology in the premium full-size sedan market segment.

  • Impressive Fuel Economy

    Utilizing a proven combination of technologies like Toyota’s Dual VVT-i and the award-winning Hybrid Synergy Drive® system, Avalon sets the bar with frugal fuel economy and large car performance all in the same package. Avalon Hybrid models show customers that Toyota cares about EPA-estimated mpg.

  • Advanced Technology

    Avalon is host to a number of exciting technology features with limited to no availability on several key competitors, from the Entune® App Suite1 to Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)2 and Intelligent Touch capacitive switches.

  • Heated Rear Seats

    Avalon is equipped with heated rear seats to add extra convenience to passengers. This luxury feature is missing from Nissan Maxima, Chrysler 300 and Buick LaCrosse.

  • Commitment to Safety

    Avalon features ten standard airbags3 and Toyota’s Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL)4 front seats, plus Blind Spot Monitor5 with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert6, available Pre-Collision System7 and available automatic high beams8. New for 2016, the Avalon will include Toyota Safety Sense™ as a package.

  • Better Value

    According to’s 5-year Cost of Ownership calculator, 2015 Avalon received an Above Average Value rating and boasts lower 5-year ownership costs than its key competitors9.

We’ve Got The Edge


2016 Nissan Maxima S

Key Takeaways

  • Roomier rear seating: Avalon provides more cargo room and passenger volume than Maxima. In fact, Avalon has 1.2 inches more rear seat headroom and 5 inches more rear seat leg room than Maxima
  • More standard amenities: Avalon XLE comes standard with leather trimmed heated front seats with power lumbar support, while the Maxima S is equipped with cloth seats and zero gravity seats
  • Safety: Avalon boasts ten standard airbags compared to Maxima’s six, and includes Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL) front seats and ToyotaCare coverage, unmatched by Maxima
  • Value: Avalon received a better value rating and boasts lower 5-year estimated ownership costs than Maxima for 2015 models, according to IntelliChoice. In fact, Maxima’s two models both received “Poor” ratings, while Avalon’s lowest rating was “Above Average”
  • Cost of Ownership: Avalon has ToyotaCare, a no cost maintenance plan covering 24 months or 25,000 miles, including 24-hour roadside assistance for 24 months


  • More horsepower at 300 hp and torque at 261 lb.-ft.
  • More front leg room
  • Larger diameter front and rear disc brakes
  • Slightly better city gas mileage with an EPA 22 city mpg vs. Avalon’s 21 city mpg


2016 Ford Taurus Limited

Key Takeaways

  • Better fuel economy: Comparing V6 engines, Avalon is rated at 21/31/24 (city/hwy/combined) while Taurus Limited is rated at 19/29/23
  • Better pounds-per-horsepower ratio: Avalon is a much lighter vehicle that pulls less weight than Ford Taurus, adding to its agile performance
  • Comfort and convenience: Avalon comes standard with leather-trimmed seating and Smart Key14 functionality with push button start. Taurus doesn’t come standard with leather or push button start until Limited trim
  • Technology: Avalon XLE features Entune™ Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App1 standard eight speakers, HD Radio™, and HD traffic and weather in major metro areas, just a few features not standard on Taurus Limited
  • Safety: Avalon boasts ten standard airbags compared to Taurus’ six, and includes Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL) front seats and ToyotaCare coverage unmatched by Taurus
  • Value: Comparing 2015 models on IntelliChoice, Avalon received an above average value rating9 whereas Taurus Limited received a below average value rating


  • Available SHO model with EcoBoost® turbocharged V6 engine
  • Available All-Wheel Drive
  • Power-adjustable pedals with memory standard on Taurus Limited


2016 Chrysler 300 C

Key Takeaways

  • Better city fuel mileage: Despite Chrysler 300’s 8-speed automatic transmission, Avalon beats it in city and combined MPG ratings, 21/31/24 MPG vs. 19/31/23 MPG
  • More standard-equipment airbags: Avalon provides ten (including driver and front passenger knee airbags3 and rear-seat side airbags3), Chrysler 300 S has seven
  • Less weight: Avalon is over 550 lb. lighter than Chrysler 300, an advantage that’s seen in excellent fuel efficiency and performance
  • Technology: Avalon comes standard with upscale technology like Entune™ Audio Plus with Connected Navigation, HD Radio™ and Intelligent Touch capacitive touch audio and climate controls. Chrysler 300 offers neither
  • Value: Avalon received a better value rating and boasts lower 5-year estimated ownership costs than 300 for 2015 models, according to IntelliChoice


  • 8-speed automatic transmission vs. Avalon’s 6-speed
  • More V6 horsepower and torque
  • Available 5.7L HEMI® V8
  • Standard 8.4-in. touch-screen
  • Available All-Wheel Drive
  • Available Beats by Dr. Dre and Harman Kardon® audio systems

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