2015 Toyota Avalon vs Hyundai Azera, and Buick LaCrosse (866) 778-3304

Avalon receives even more refinement for 2015, introducing Entune Audio systems to the entire lineup as well as paddle shifters and Sport and ECO Drive Modes to all gas models. Plus, the 2015 Avalon lineup features a special edition Avalon Touring Sport Edition with unique aggressive styling, complementing Toyota's benchmark full-size sedan. Year after year Avalon consistently walks away from the competition with superior passenger comfort, technology and safety features. The 2015 Toyota Avalon upholds that tradition.

2015 Avalon XLE vs. 2015 Hyundai Azera

Hyundai's Azera, larger and more refined than the average midsize family sedan, has built a reputation for blending comfort and luxury at a competitive price. And with further refinement for 2015, Azera is a noteworthy choice for customers shopping the market. Still, 2015 Avalon touts a lower base MSRP as well as a reputation as the elegant, fully loaded sedan that wraps technology, refinement and impressive MPG ratings into sleek styling-spelling stiff competition for 2015 Azera.

PERFORMANCE: Avalon bests Azera in EPA-rated city, highway and combined mpg estimates, plus, 2015 Avalon features paddle shifters and Sport, ECO and Normal Drives modes across its gas model lineup - Azera only offers an Active ECO System comparable to ECO Drive mode, with paddle shifters unavailable completely.

UTILITY: With features like sleek Intelligent Touch audio and climate system controls that are simple to adjust, eBin sliding electronic device holder with wire management on every model, and Qi wireless charging capability standard on Limited/Limited Hybrid models, Avalon is host to several upscale refinements not found on Azera at any trim level.

CONNECTIVITY: While Hyundai's Blue Link Telematics system is included as standard, its range of services are offered through separate Connected Care, Remote Access and Guidance packages. Avalon's available Safety Connect(standard on Limited) offers similar services under one contract with a one-year trial. And the Entune audio system with available App Suite takes in-cabin connectivity to another level, offering subscription-free access to data services like traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks plus much more.

SAFETY: Avalon features 10 standard airbags, while Azera features 9.

VALUE: With ToyotaCare's no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and an "Excellent" value rating and lower 5-year cost of ownership from IntelliChoice.com for 2014 models, Avalon offers potential savings over Azera



2015 Avalon XLE vs. 2015 Buick LaCrosse Leather Group V6

Buick's LaCrosse returns for 2015 with notable additions to its selection of features, including eight standard airbags and standard rearview camera on every trim level. Most impressive is the new OnStar® with 4G LTE built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Otherwise, in many ways LaCrosse is still catching up with Avalon's culmination of enticing performance and appealing connectivity and safety features throughout. For 2015, Avalon returns with expanded standard features on every trim, continuing its legacy for delivering the best of what customers want.

PERFORMANCE: Avalon bests LaCrosse V6 in EPA-rated city, highway and combined mpg estimates, plus, 2015 Avalon features paddle shifters with Sport and ECO Drives modes across its gas model lineup - LaCrosse only offers a Sport Mode available on Premium I and Premium II group models only.

UTILITY: Avalon is host to sleek Intelligent Touch audio and climate system controls that are simple to adjust, as well as eBin sliding electronic device holder with wire management on every model, and Qi wireless charging capability standard on Limited/Limited Hybrid models - just a few examples of features not available on LaCrosse.

COMFORT: Avalon features both greater passenger volume and cargo volume than LaCrosse and offers heated rear seats standard on Limited and Limited Hybrid - comfort LaCrosse can't match.

CONNECTIVITY: Standard HD Radio, HD traffic and weather in major metro areas and the available Entune App Suite are just a few ways Avalon offers in-cabin connectivity unmatched by LaCrosse.

PEACE OF MIND: Avalon features 10 standard airbags, including driver and front passenger knee airbags; LaCrosse features eight.

VALUE: With ToyotaCare's no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and an "Excellent" value rating and lower 5-year cost of ownership from IntelliChoice.com for 2014 models, Avalon offers potential savings over LaCrosse 

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