2017 Chevrolet Impala vs. Its Competition

2017 Chevrolet Impala
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Large sedans have lost the land-yacht tuning of a decade ago.

Cars like the latest Chevy Impala out-style their mid-size, family-sedan siblings.

The Impala shares some of its underpinnings with the Buick LaCrosse, but the LaCrosse offers more options, a nicer cabin, and less interior space.

The Toyota Avalon feels more upscale than the Impala in many ways, but lacks the planted drive feel.

The Ford Taurus feels smaller inside and its controls are dated.

There's also the Hyundai Azera, which is stylish, drives well, offers tons of leg room, and ample technology.

Finally, the new Nissan Maxima is on par with the Impala for agility; its styling is even more daring, but we'd take GM's conventional six-speed over Nissan's CVT any day.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala hits the big-car target with handsome lines, composed handling, and on-point connectivity.
An excellent chassis and a nice interior mean the LaCrosse should be on your shopping list. At the low end, it represents an excellent value and should be on any full-size sedan buyer's shopping list.
The 2017 Ford Taurus is the full-sizer that Ford once called its flagship. Times change—and so do tastes—and the Taurus struggles to keep up with others in its class.
The 2017 Nissan Maxima is the wild child of the Nissan bunch. It looks the part, but don't be fooled: after first blush it acts more like a near-luxury cruiser.
The 2017 Toyota Avalon gives the full-size sedan a good name, with its exceptional space and style.
For those who don't want or need the Genesis' price tag, the 2016 Hyundai Azera satisfies the near-luxury need for style and features.
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Gas Mileage     
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Gas I4Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
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Large CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan FWDSE FWDS 3.5L *Ltd Avail*XLE (SE)4-Door Sedan
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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