The Toyota Avalon was first introduced in 1994. It's a car that always makes a statement no matter your next move. The Buick LaCrosse has less history, having been introduced 14 years ago in 2005.
The LaCrosse starts at a lower MSRP of $29,570. The Avalon has a starting MSRP of $35,550. However, that price difference closes fast when LaCrosse drivers add on safety features that come standard on every Avalon.
Toyota is known for making reliable vehicles. In 2018, the Avalon won the Kelley Blue Book® title for Best Resale Value: Full Size Car. The LaCrosse did not receive any individual Kelley Blue Book® awards for 2018.
Published Date: 06/25/2019
Toyota's safety package Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) comes standard on all Avalon trims. Some of its key features include: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).
The LaCrosse does have a safety package called the Driver Confidence Package I. However, any trim that's not the Premium trim or above misses out on this feature. The Driver Confidence Package includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert.
The LaCrosse's Driver Confidence Package II includes Adaptive Cruise Control - Advanced, Automatic Parking Assist, Forward Automatic Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking. It's an additional cost of $1,690 on Premium and above trims. The Avalon starts at $35,550. A LaCrosse outfitted with comparable safety features to Avalon will cost an estimated $41,285.
The Avalon has many multimedia features like Entune® 3.0. Entune® 3.0 Premium Audio with integrated Dynamic Navigation comes standard on the Avalon Limited. Drivers wanting the same integrated vehicle navigation in a LaCrosse Premium will have to pay extra.
Plus, take in the sights with a moonroof that comes standard on the Avalon Limited. There is an option for a panoramic moonroof on the LaCrosse Premium, but it costs an extra $1,550.
Drivers looking for impressive sound and music selection will love the Avalon. Both the LaCrosse and the Avalon have Apple CarPlay®. While the LaCrosse has Android Auto, the Avalon Limited has a 14-speaker system. The comparable LaCrosse trim only has an 8-speaker system. Drivers wanting the LaCrosse Premium's 11-speaker system will have to pay an extra $1,145 to get it. This system only comes standard on the LaCrosse Avenir.
When it comes to mileage, the Toyota Avalon is a true performer. The Avalon Limited trim has an EPA-estimated MPG of 22 city/31 hwy/25 comb MPG. In comparison, the LaCrosse Premium V6 FWD has an EPA-estimated MPG of 20 city/30 hwy/24 comb.
If you want to lower your carbon footprint, you'll be happy to know that the Avalon has a hybrid option. Avalon Hybrid XLE comes with an EPA-estimated 43 city/44 hwy/44 comb MPG. The LaCrosse offers a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with eAssist light electrification technology that has an EPA-estimated 25 city/35 hwy/29 comb MPG.
For maximum Toyota performance, drivers can choose the XSE or Touring trim which include paddle shifters and available Engine Sound Enhancement (ESE).
The LaCrosse does have a slight horsepower advantage over the Avalon when comparing the gas V6 engines. However, the LaCrosse weighs 180 lbs. more than the Avalon (3,840 lbs. vs. 3,660 lbs.) which helps to mitigate LaCrosse’s horsepower advantage.
The Avalon and the LaCrosse are great contenders. Both have their strong points. For the Avalon, that’s safety, interior, and reliable performance. With Toyota Safety Sense TSS-P® standard on every Avalon trim, you can be reassured no matter where you go.
If you want quality sound while you drive, look no further than the Avalon. The Avalon Limited has an array of high-tech interior features like Entune® 3.0 Premium Audio with integrated Dynamic Navigation and a 14-speaker system.
Reliability is another advantage of the Avalon. The Toyota Avalon comes standard with ToyotaCare which offers roadside assistance. ToyotaCare also comes with a no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for 24 months and unlimited miles. Buick's roadside assistance program lasts 72 months and 70,000 miles. But LaCrosse drivers wanting a factory scheduled maintenance plan will have to pay extra. For these reasons and more, our winner is clear: the 2019 Toyota Avalon.