|2018 Toyota Avalon||vs||2018 Hyundai Genesis|
|3.5L 6-Cylinder||Engine||3.8L 6-Cylinder|
|268 HP @ 6200 rpm||Horsepower||311 HP @ 6000 rpm|
|21 City/30 Highway mpg*||Fuel Economy||19 City/27 Highway mpg*|
"Avalon's Sport Mode increases throttle response and quickens the Electric Power Steering for livelier handling when desired."
Debuting in 1994, the Toyota Avalon has since reigned supreme as the kind of the large car segment. For more than two decades, critics and consumers alike have appreciated its upscale interior, abundance of standard features, smooth and stable ride quality, and powerful engine. However, it received major competition in the 2017 model year when Hyundai Motors decides to spin off its entry-luxury large sedan, the Genesis, into a standalone marquee with two vehicles. One of them, the G90 model, is in direct competition with the Avalon. Going into the 2018 model year, the Genesis vehicle is a major threat to the Avalon’s supremacy as it continues to be refined by its manufacturer. (Adaptive LED headlights are now standard, and a rear-seat entertainment system is now available.) Ultimately, though, the Genesis still has a long way to go to become the number-one large car in the land.
The exterior of the 2018 Toyota and Hyundai sedans reflect their upscale status. There’s standard LED lighting for super-bright and long-lasting illumination, as well as large alloy wheels for aesthetic enhancement. However, unlike its Genesis counterpart, the Avalon uses quadrabeam halogen headlights, which focus light from a single bulb into two individual lenses. That way, it’s much easier to see what’s ahead of you as you’re driving.
The 2018 Toyota Avalon and the 2018 Hyundai Genesis have some really potent V6 engines. However, the powertrain on the Toyota sedan is more fuel-efficient. With just its 3.5-liter V6 engine, an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission, and a front-wheel drivetrain, the car can deliver 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. On the Genesis, you would have to stick with the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 option tied to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and accompanied by a rear-wheel drivetrain to maximize fuel economy. But at 17/24 mpg, you would be getting 4 less mpg in the city and 6 less mpg on the highway.
True to its premium orientation, the 2018 Avalon uses top-grade materials throughout its cabin to convey a heightened level of comfort. Although the 2018 Genesis for the most part also uses high-end materials, the cabin is occasionally tarnished by a few plastic-infused areas.
Both large vehicles are handsomely equipped with safety features, which help in making them score exceptional crash safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS. However, it is worth noting that while the Genesis has nine airbags for restraint and cushioning when in a collision, the Avalon has ten. In addition, the Toyota sedan has two advanced safety features that are completely absent on the G90: smart stop technology for immediately stopping the car when the brake and acceleration pedals are pressed together; and dynamic radar cruise control for making speed adjustments to enforce a safe following distance.
Each car is loaded with enough hi-tech features to make infotainment operations a breeze. The Avalon comes with an Entune App Suite, which enables advanced smartphone integration. The Genesis does not have smartphone-based control, so you would have to do with Bluetooth®, which is also on the Toyota sedan.
The Toyota difference.
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