2018 Chevrolet Impala vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

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 2018 Chevrolet Impala adds better base equipment this year for good value among full-sizers.
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a proper flagship, a refined and comfortable sedan with only a few quirks.
The 2018 Ford Taurus is Ford’s flagship, but only on paper. Rivals are more up-to-date in every way, so shop the competition.
The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a zippier alternative to more traditional full-size cars, but we stop short of calling it a real sports sedan.
The 2018 Toyota Avalon is a spacious full-size sedan that prioritizes comfort and safety above keeping up with the Joneses.
The 2017 Hyundai Azera has near-luxury features and style, and a full-size back seat.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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