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2001 Toyota Avensis vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS

To start off, 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS is newer by 11 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2001 Toyota Avensis. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2001 Toyota Avensis would be higher. At 2,143 cc (4 cylinders), 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS (201 HP @ 4200 RPM) has 53 more horse power than 2001 Toyota Avensis. (148 HP @ 6000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS should accelerate faster than 2001 Toyota Avensis. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS weights approximately 340 kg more than 2001 Toyota Avensis. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2001 Toyota Avensis, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS (500 Nm @ 1600 RPM) has 308 more torque (in Nm) than 2001 Toyota Avensis. (192 Nm @ 4000 RPM). This means 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2001 Toyota Avensis.

Compare all specifications:

2001 Toyota Avensis 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS
Make Toyota Mercedes-Benz
Model Avensis CLS
Year Released 2001 2012
Body Type Station Wagon Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1997 cc 2143 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 148 HP 201 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 4200 RPM
Torque 192 Nm 500 Nm
Torque RPM 4000 RPM 1600 RPM
Engine Compression Ratio 9.8:1 16.2:1
Top Speed 180 km/hour 241 km/hour
Acceleration 0-100mph 12.1 seconds 7.5 seconds
Drive Type Front Rear
Transmission Type Automatic 7-speed shiftable automatic
Number of Seats 7 seats 4 seats
Number of Doors 5 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Weight 1460 kg 1800 kg
Vehicle Length 4660 mm 4940 mm
Vehicle Width 1770 mm 1882 mm
Vehicle Height 1680 mm 1417 mm
Wheelbase Size 2710 mm 2875 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L 80 L


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