Poll: Chevrolet Impala or Toyota Avalon?
Sedans, love ‘em or loathe ‘em, they’re still a hugely important vehicle class. Large four-doors may not be as popular as they once were but there are still plenty of good reasons to drive one.
Two segment-leading models include the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon. Which of these three-box four-doors would YOU rather own?
Starting with the bow-tie offering, Impala is an all-around great sedan, offering a stylish body, roomy cabin and trunk, plus a vigorous V6 that serves as the top engine offering (a 2.5-liter four serves base duty).
That 3.6-liter unit delivers an impressive 305 horses and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, supposedly making it the most powerful naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine in its segment, and it certainly out-muscles the Toyota.
A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered, helping this car deliver 18 miles per gallon city, 28 highway and 22 MPG combined.
As for amenities, the Impala doesn’t disappoint. Drivers can get popular features like adaptive cruise control, a wireless-charging pad for their personal electronics, Apple CarPlay and more.
Focusing on the Avalon, it also offers two powertrain choices, though in typical Toyota fashion one is a hybrid. For a more apples-to-apples comparison, let’s focus on the V6-powered model.
A smooth 3.5-liter engine motivates this car, delivering a more-than-adequate 268 ponies and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. Just like the Impala, it’s matched to a six-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the front wheels.
This drivetrain combination may not be as powerful as the Chevy’s but it is a bit more efficient. The Avalon stickers at 21 miles per gallon in the city and an impressive 30 on interstate drives. According to the EPA it should average 24 MPG.
Keeping passengers happy is a number standard amenities. This Japanese sedan offers keyless entry with push-button start, leather trimmings, heated front seats and, for the driver, Toyota Safety Sense P, the company’s suite of advanced driver-assistance technology that includes things like adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and lane-departure warning.
When it comes to the ever-important issue of pricing, Chevy has a slight edge. A stripped-down four-cylinder Impala starts at $28,375, including $875 in delivery fees. In comparison, the most affordable Avalon, which comes with standard V6 power, kicks off at $34,185, with $885 tacked on for shipping and handling.
So, which of these large sedans do YOU prefer? Well, vote in our latest poll and, on the off chance that you need more information about these cars, feel free to compare them right here.
Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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