2021 Arteon vs Toyota Avalon

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Safety

 

Both the Arteon and the Avalon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

 

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

The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Avalon’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

 

The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Avalon’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Engine

 

The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 63 more horsepower (268 vs. 205) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 185) than the Avalon AWD’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Volkswagen Arteon is faster than the Toyota Avalon V6:

Arteon Avalon
Zero to 60 MPH 6 sec 6.1 sec
Quarter Mile 14.5 sec 14.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

 

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Arteon’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Avalon doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Arteon FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.2 vs. 14.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Arteon FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon XLE’s standard fuel tank (18.2 vs. 14.5 gallons). The Arteon AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon XSE/Limited/TRD/Touring’s standard fuel tank (18.3 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

 

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

Arteon Avalon Avalon TRD
Front Rotors 13.4 inches 11.7 inches 12.9 inches
Rear Rotors 12.2 inches 11 inches 11.6 inches

 

Arteon Avalon Avalon TRD
Front Rotors 13.4 inches 11.7 inches 12.9 inches
Rear Rotors 12.2 inches 11 inches 11.6 inches

 

The Arteon stops shorter than the Avalon:

Arteon Avalon
60 to 0 MPH 114 feet 122 feet Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

 

For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the Avalon (245/45R18 vs. 215/55R17). The Arteon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Avalon (245/45R18 vs. 235/40R19).

The Arteon’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 XLE’s standard 55 series tires. The Arteon SEL Premium R-Line’s tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Avalon XSE/TRD/Touring’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Avalon XLE. The Arteon SEL Premium R-Line’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Avalon XSE/TRD/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

 

The Arteon SE 4Motion handles at .89 G’s, while the Avalon Touring pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

 

The Arteon is 4.3 inches shorter than the Avalon, making the Arteon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

 

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Arteon a Large car, while the Avalon is rated a Mid-size.

Cargo Capacity

 

The Arteon has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Avalon (27.2 vs. 16.1 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Arteon. The Avalon doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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

Towing

 

The Arteon has a 4850 lbs. towing capacity. The Avalon has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

 

The Arteon R-Line 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 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Arteon’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Avalon’s passenger power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Arteon’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’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Avalon Limited/Touring’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Arteon R-Line’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 Arteon SEL Premium R-Line has standard massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Avalon.

The Arteon SEL Premium R-Line’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Avalon doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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