Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Audi A6 VS 2018 Toyota Avalon Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Audi A6

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2018 Audi A6

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2018 Toyota Avalon

Safety Comparison

Both the A6 and Avalon have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A6 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’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 A6 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Avalon doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The A6 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Avalon doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the A6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight. The Avalon doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The A6 Prestige has a standard Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Avalon only offers a rear monitor.

Both the A6 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, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Audi A6 is safer than the Toyota Avalon:





5 Stars

4 Stars




5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

252 lbs.

354 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

410/454 lbs.

492/592 lbs.




5 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

134 lbs.

188 lbs.

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

108 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

373/478 lbs.

467/455 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Audi A6 is safer than the Toyota Avalon:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

258 lbs.

297 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Audi A6 has a better fatality history. The A6 was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 18% lower per vehicle registered than the Avalon, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The A6 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 A6’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Avalon’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the A6 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the A6’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Avalon’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

The A6 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 248) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The A6 3.0T’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 72 more horsepower (340 vs. 268) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 248) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the A6 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota Avalon:




Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

14.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the A6 2.0T FWD 7-speed Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Avalon (25 city/34 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

The A6 has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon (19.8 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon:


A6 2.0T

A6 3.0T


Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

11.1 inches

The A6 3.0T’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 are solid, not vented.

The A6 stops much shorter than the Avalon:





70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A6 has larger standard tires than the Avalon (245/45R18 vs. 215/55R17). The A6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Avalon (255/40R19 vs. 225/45R18).

The A6’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 A6’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Avalon Touring/Limited’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A6 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Avalon XLE. The A6’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Avalon Touring/Limited.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A6 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Avalon’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A6’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Avalon (114.6 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A6 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Avalon.

The A6 3.0T Premium Plus Quattro handles at .95 G’s, while the Avalon Limited pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A6 3.0T Premium Plus Quattro executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Avalon Limited (25.1 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the A6’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Avalon’s (39 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A6 3.0T Competition Quattro is quieter than the Avalon XLE:




At idle

36 dB

39 dB


71 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The A6’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Avalon doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the A6’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The A6 Prestige also has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Avalon doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Avalon XLE Premium/Touring/Limited, the A6 Prestige offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The A6 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Avalon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the A6 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Avalon can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The A6’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 XLE/Touring’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A6 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Avalon doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the A6 Prestige has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Avalon doesn’t offer cornering lights. The A6 Prestige also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

On extremely cold Winter days, the A6’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Avalon doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the A6 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the A6 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Avalon is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the A6 is less expensive to operate than the Avalon because typical repairs cost much less on the A6 than the Avalon, including $1182 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi A6 and the Toyota Avalon, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The A6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 5 of the last 18 years. The Avalon has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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