The 2021 Toyota Avalon Just Embarrassed the 2021 Audi A6 on Consumer Reports

Luxury cars often get more praise than they deserve. It’s like the environment floats and defaults to a BMW or a Cadillac. Over time, cars that were considered more normal or middle class slowly got quite a boost. For example, the Toyota Avalon received a glowing recall in Consumer Reports 2021, while the Audi A6 2021 received a shockingly low rating.

The 2021 Toyota Avalonwas diametrically opposed to the 2021 Audi A6.

Fuel economy reports indicate that the Avalon 2021 is complementary. The Avalon received an impressive score of 88/100. It is a combination of safety, price, comfort, fuel economy, reliability and roadworthiness. In road tests, CR found the Toyota to be a reasonable alternative to expensive luxury cars.

2021 Toyota Avalon Limited AWD front side | Toyota

The 2021 Avalon is available with several engine options: a 215-hp 2.5-liter hybrid four-cylinder, a 205-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder, and even a 301-hp 3.5-liter V6. The 2.5-liter hybrid is the proposed powertrain option and the one tested by CR. The power is transferred evenly and quickly.

Although the Avalon is a large sedan, it proved to be agile and flexible during testing. The body roll has to be kept under control, and while the suspension is soft and comfortable, it’s still firm enough to keep corners flat. Although the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid is preferred, the V6 offers a significant increase in power that will likely make the car more exciting for many drivers.

How does thecompare to the 2021 Audi A6?

CR gave the Audi an overall score of 77/100, which isn’t bad, but is a far cry from the Avalon. The Audi A6 is known as a luxurious mid-size sedan that combines comfort and sport. There’s an A6 dog running in the Avalon athletic department. Audi offers a wide range of engines, from a 261-hp turbocharged four-cylinder to a 591-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. Of course there is no comparison, but the point is to see what Audi clearly has more than Toyota.

Audi A6 2021 | Photo via Audi

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The Audi is lively, powerful and fast. The power delivery of both engine options is clear and consistent after the jump. The steering is grounded and solid, giving the driver the confidence to use all that power. And for a sport sedan, fuel economy isn’t bad at 26 mpg. This figure obviously does not apply to the V8 model.

The problem with Audi is reliability. This seems to be the case with most sports sedans and luxury sedans in general. This Achilles’ heel undercuts every auto giant in Consumer Reports’ test. Audi has an expected reliability rating of 3/5 overall. This is not good.

As far as major mechanical problems go, the A6 seems pretty safe, but electronics seem to be a problem area for the German sedan. To be fair, the Avalon got the same 3/5 rating for predictive reliability.

So why did the Avalon score better than the A6?

Sometimes two very different models can be closer than they appear. Sure, Audi is hip and sporty, but Toyota is much sportier and fancier than we call it. CR describes the Avalon’s interior as spacious, rich and luxurious thanks to the soft, intricately stitched materials and attractive open-wood trim….. They are both quite economical and practical. They’re not that different, so why did CR give the Avalon such a high rating?

Customers loved the Avalon and were not satisfied with the Audi. Specifically, customers of both models were asked about value for money and the Avalon received a score of 5/5. Audi, on the other hand, got a brutal 3/5. Only 43% of Audi buyers said they would make the same choice, and 63% of Avalon buyers would make the same choice. It’s a nice dam.

I think price is a real sticking point. The 2021 Avalon ranges from $35,975 to $43,400, while the Audi will cost between $54,900 and $74,400. It’s hard to pay $20,000 for two cars that are much closer together than they appear at first glance.

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