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2021 Toyota Avalon Vs. 2021 Hyundai Sonata: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Aug 20, 2021 9:00 AM

While sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossovers are definitely popular options, let's not forget that sedans are still one of North America’s bestselling vehicle types. They are the perfect vehicle for those who do not plan on venturing off-road, as well as those who prefer something with sharper handling that is both smaller and faster than SUVs and crossovers. Mid-size and full-sized sedans are as sought after as ever, and with so many to choose from, picking one that perfectly meets your requirements can be a time-consuming task. Fortunately, our Westbury Toyota experts have put together a quick and thorough comparison guide highlighting two of the most reliable and popular sedans: the 2021 Toyota Avalon and the 2021 Hyundai Sonata.

What Is Under the Hood?

Today’s sedans have plenty of get up and go, a fact evidenced by both of these cars as you can see in the table below:

2021 Toyota Avalon 2021 Hyundai Sonata

2.5 liter (L) Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder DOHC engine capable of 205 horsepower (hp) and 185 lb-ft of torque

2.5 L 4-Cylinder DOHC engine capable of 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque

2.5 L Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder DOHC Hybrid Engine capable of 176 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque

2.0 L 4-Cylinder DOHC Hybrid Engine capable of 150 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque

Direct Shift 8-AT 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission

6-speed automatic transmission

Front Wheel Drive (FWD) standard on XLE and XLE Hybrid, All Wheel Drive (AWD) available on XLE

Standard FWD

Numbers don’t lie, which is why it is easy to see that in terms of power, both the gas and hybrid versions of Toyota’s 2021 Avalon rule the roost in this department. There are some other notable specs that deserve consideration for the Avalon, including the fact that the hybrid engine comes with four different drive modes: Normal, Sport, ECO, and EV. Also available for the Avalon is a 3.5 L V6 DOHC Dual Injection with VVT-iW and VVT-i that puts out an impressive 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque.

Comfort and Convenience

While both of these cars offer plenty to make driving as convenient and comfy as possible, there are some key differences. All trim levels of the Avalon are equipped with heated and 8-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, quality faux leather upholstery, four USB charging ports, and keyless entry. While the Sonata does offer some of these features, you will not find them on the base trim levels.

Available options for the Avalon across all trims are:

  • 9-inch touchscreen, complete with Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay and (new for 2021) Android Auto
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 14-speaker JBL audio system
  • Head’s Up Display
  • Qi Compatible Wireless Charging System

Toyota’s dedication to making driving less a task and more of an experience comes through loud and clear in all of the creature comforts and conveniences that are available in the 2021 Avalon.

Safety Designs and Features

Safety is paramount no matter the vehicle and both the Avalon and Sonata have been designed with safety in mind. The Sonata is outfitted with all the standard safety features, but the Avalon quite simply has more. It includes Toyota’s Star Safety System, which has Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Traction Control (TRAC), Smart Stop Technology (SST), and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).

The Avalon also has driver and front passenger Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL) seats, which the Sonata does not have. Also absent in the Sonata are Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking (RCTB) and Hill Start Assist Control (HAC).

Which One Is Right for Me?

Both the 2021 Toyota Avalon and 2021 Hyundai Sonata are great cars. However, in terms of getting the most for your money, the facts clearly point toward the Avalon being the better buy. Not only will you be getting more in terms of performance, you will also benefit from Avalon’s loaded interior and extensive safety features and designs.

If you would like to know more about the 2021 Avalon and the purchasing or leasing options, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Westbury Toyota!

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