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2020 Lexus IS 300 vs. 2021 Toyota Avalon Review

New 2020 Lexus IS 300

2020 Lexus
IS 300

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New 2021 Toyota Avalon

2021 Toyota
Avalon

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MSRP*
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$38,560 to $41,010
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$35,875 to $42,875
Invoice* $35,861 to $38,139 $32,288 to $38,588
MPG - City 18 - 21 21 - 25
MPG - Hwy 24 - 30 30 - 34
Engine(s) Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Avalon than the Lexus IS 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Lexus IS 300 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota Avalon.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Lexus IS 300 as you will with the Toyota Avalon, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Lexus IS 300 or the Toyota Avalon, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Lexus IS 300 and the Toyota Avalon have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus IS 300 is much slimmer than the Toyota Avalon, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Lexus IS 300, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Toyota Avalon.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Lexus IS 300 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Toyota Avalon.

Handling
The Lexus IS 300 has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Toyota Avalon, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Lexus IS 300 has less horsepower than the Toyota Avalon, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Lexus IS 300 and the Toyota Avalon. The Lexus IS 300 has significantly less cargo room than the Toyota Avalon, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Lexus IS 300 than that of the Toyota Avalon.