2014 Chevrolet Impala vs 2014 Toyota Avalon : Car Reviews

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Toyota Avalon

Full-Size Sedans With a New on Life

Mike Schlee 29, 2014 Photos by Adam Video by Adam Wood.

the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota were dull enough to Ben Stein seem like Williams.

Uninspiring too look at, inside and dull to drive, championed space, comfort and above all else. They the highway queens for rental retirees and travelling salespeople

Now More Exciting

In fact, is in the middle of revising its vehicles sportier looks in an effort to its stodgy past. The Corolla, RAV4 and Highlander have all aggressive, if not controversial new styling and out. The Avalon plays it the however and features some old styling elements mixed in a few Lexus cues. The top-of-the-line model adds some with quad HID headlights and LED running lights.

The last generation Impala was the child for anonymity. Without an or unique line on the entire Chevrolet was determined to change with the 2014 Impala. is subjective, but we are sold on the new Impala’s and find it to be more appealing the Avalon. It is identifiable from a and projects the sort of road that is associated with modern full-size sedans.

vs. Lightness

Although each offers more efficient, powerful engine choices, we the two drivetrains that have to dominate this segment the past several years. means V6 engines measuring 3.5 liters hooked up to a six-speed transmission. In the Toyota, the 3.5-liter V6 is for 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, while the more potent 3.6-liter V6 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque.

Even though the Avalon from a substantial power it does possess a near weight advantage. On the road, the feel very similar at city speeds. Once up to though, the Impala begins to its power edge on the highway.

it is lighter and less powerful, the Avalon Limited achieves fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg in the and 31 mpg on the highway; two better than the LTZ in both scenarios. However, a week of testing, our real-world closed the gap and saw the Impala achieve an of 23.2 mpg compared to the Avalon at 24.

Toyota Avalon

Predictable vs. Isolated

Both as comfortable cruisers ready to eat up of freeway, especially if you choose adaptive cruise control. The in both cars is light, as it be, but we Avalon’s wheel is too easy to The Impala as a whole communicates to the driver what is happening on the better than the Avalon. The was very predictable in its actions and less isolated from road feedback than the

There are some minor with the Avalon as well. The require too much pressure to the car and lack a linear slow-down as you press the pedal. That to lead to frequent unpleasant in heavy traffic. The other is the ride comfort. For a large car set up to passengers, too many bumps and in the road make their way up the cabin of the Avalon, which is a we have with a few Toyotas Although more supple on the the Impala is not a pillar in comfort Maybe both manufacturers a little too much on excitement developing their latest yachts.

Space vs. Style

Inside it a battle of the spacious Impala the sumptuous Avalon. When it to materials used, overall and execution, the Toyota wins down. Whereas the Avalon is in faux leather wrapped and expensive looking materials, the is splashed with a mash-up of surfaces and teal stitching. Oh, teal stitching. We have no how this came to be so prevalent in products but here’s hoping it To be fair, there are plenty of combinations available for the Impala nullify the complaint.

Although the Avalon is a much place to be, the Impala does a few redeeming qualities. The center controls are easy to understand if not a bit cheap feeling and there is a cubby behind the screen for valuables. Our only big gripe is the telescoping steering wheel extend far enough.


The Toyota is as much for passengers as it is for the driver. The model features three-zone control and heated rear two items not found on the Impala. is almost the same between the two with the Toyota coming up half an inch short at inches. The Impala’s trunk is at 18.8 cubic feet, but the is nothing to sneer at with 16.

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