2012 Chevrolet Impala vs. Its Competition

2012 Chevrolet Impala 4-door Sedan LS Retail Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

In the Impala's competitive set, there are plenty of modern, well-updated alternatives with more design pizazz yet about the same amount of interior space.

The Toyota Avalon is a good choice for those who value comfort above all else; it offers the most features in the class and especially rich, impressive materials inside--although it's still hard to say that it has a lot of personality.

In terms of safety, the Ford Taurus is the champion, with enviable crash-test results and a Volvo-enhanced platform; it's also as daring as the Chrysler 300, which has been significantly revamped with a beautiful interior and a better base powertrain.

And the Hyundai Azera is all-new for 2012; its distinctive new design helps position it as more of a luxury car--and all the comfort is there.

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Quick Specs
6.6
The 2012 Impala has a dated design and lacks excitement, but a stronger, smoother powertrain should make its simple layout and excellent interior space more palatable.
8.2
As a sophisticated, roomy, tech-savvy premium sedan—now with up to 36 mpg—the 2012 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for a lot of shoppers who want luxury on a limited budget.
8.4
Riper and more mature, the latest Chrysler 300 has classically handsome looks and in the right versions, big rear-drive fun.
8.0
The 2012 Ford Taurus is handsome, safe, and well-equipped, but it's not as big inside as its big-car exterior suggests.
8.6
With real design appeal, confident performance, and a true luxury-car ambiance, the new 2012 Hyundai Azera brings far more sophistication to the showroom, but doesn't lose its carry-over attributes of comfort and value for the money.
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A classy, comfortable near-luxury sedan, the 2012 Toyota Avalon has a more modern look but traditional big-car handling and smooth performance.
MSRP From     
$25,760$30,170$27,670$25,555$32,000$33,195
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas/Electric I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLargeLarge
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan LS Retail4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan V6 RWD4-Door Sedan SE FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door SedanSedan4-Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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