If you’re in the market for a modern-day full-size sedan, that provides amazing comfort, reliability and passenger room. Then you should definitely take a closer look at today’s contestants – Toyota Avalon 2015 vs Chevrolet Impala 2015. These two are definitely one of the most respected and most popular full-size sedans. And the level of quality they deliver is literally unmatchable. So, which one is better – Toyota or Chevy? Let’s embark on this journey together. Let’s compare the two brands in the most excruciating details!
Toyota Avalon 2015 vs Chevrolet Impala 2015 – Brand New, Or Same Old?
Alright, let’s start this review by checking out what’s new in both vehicles for the 2015 model year. As you know, the last big redesign of the Avalon happened right with the start of the fourth generation – in 2012. Toyota promised the fans to introduce the next big changes to the brand in 2016/2017. As for the 2015 edition, the vehicle still went through some practical changes, including a brand-new trim level – the XLE Touring Sport, a perfected infotainment system – Toyota’s own Entune – and blind spot monitoring and paddle shifters as standard on the higher Touring trim levels. Nothing ground-breaking, but still, very nice.
Chevy’s contestant, on the other hand, had a full redesign in 2014. It is fresh outta the block, so to speak. So, no wonder that this year the company decided to go steady and slow. The biggest change is the cease of production of the eAssist hybrid edition. Instead, Chevrolet introduced the bi-fuel gasoline/CNG edition for the 2015 model year. One could say that this round of the Toyota Avalon 2015 vs Chevrolet Impala 2015 competition is a clear win for the Impala, as it went through a complete overhaul last year, and is as good as new. But that’s not really the case – the Avalon has a few trumps up its sleeve, just wait and see for yourself.
Toyota Avalon 2015 vs Chevrolet Impala 2015 – Comparing Reliability
The reliability gurus at J.D.Power – the place to check for reliability ratings – rated both the Avalon and the Impala pretty high. The two vehicles earned 4 circles out of 5 in the Power Circle reliability test. And that’s a better than average score. As for the warranty coverage, both brands offer pretty much the same deal. Still, the Chevrolet model managed to outrun its rival by offering five years or 100K miles of powertrain protection, as compared to The Avalon’s same five years, but 60K miles.
That doesn’t mean that the Avalon won’t last those same 100K miles – believe me, Toyota’s brand’s are best known for their exceptional reliability and longevity. So, all in all, the reliability round of the Toyota Avalon 2015 vs Chevrolet Impala 2015 comparison is a draw. Both cars can provide top of the class reliability and offer pretty cool warranty coverage.
The 2015 Toyota Avalon provides a choice between two engines: a 2.5-lit 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower, which returns 39 MPG (miles per gallon) on the highway and 40 in the city, and a more advanced 3.5-lit V6, that’s got 268HP and fuel-efficiency stats of 31 mpg hwy/21 mpg city.
The 2015 Chevrolet Impala also offers two engines to choose from. The standard trim level models come packed with 2.5-lit 4-cylinder with 195HP. But, unlike the Avalon’s 4-cyl, this one is not a hybrid engine. And that means the fuel-economy is not nearly as impressive – 31mpg hwy/22 mpg city. If you’re looking for more power, then you should go with the V6 engine that makes 305HP. The downside, again, is pretty poor fuel-efficiency – the stats drop down to 28 mpg hwy/18 mpg city.
So, to sum up, the 2015 Toyota Avalon is the strong winner in the gas mileage round of the Toyota Avalon 2015 vs Chevrolet Impala 2015 comparison. Whether you’re in the market for a very efficient 4-cyl, or a more sophisticated and mighty V6 engine. What can I say – Toyota has always been one of the best manufacturers in the industry in terms of fuel-efficiency.
Toyota Avalon 2015 vs Chevrolet Impala 2015 – Safety Equipment And Ratings
As for safety, both vehicles performed exceptionally. The 2015 Avalon, as well as the 2015 Impala gained perfect five-star ratings in the federal government’s NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) crash tests. Both brands also earned high praise in crash tests, carried out by the nonprofit IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). However, the new Chevrolet has not yet been in all of the group’s tests.
In terms of safety equipment, both vehicles are – again – very similar, and come packed with pretty much the same package, even though while a back-up camera is standard for the Avalon, the new Impala has it in the options list only. Nevertheless, the two cars provide highly technological safety equipment, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic, and forward crash alert systems. In the end, the 2015 editions of Avalon and Impala stand very high on the “Safe Full-Size Sedans” list, and despite the fact that the Toyota brand has a slight advantage due to its standard back-up camera, this stage of the Toyota Avalon 2015 vs Chevrolet Impala 2015 comparison is too much of a draw to call either one a winner.
Comparing The Technological Features
As one might guess given the similarities between today’s contestants in all the other rounds of the competition, these two full-size sedans feature roughly the same package of technological features. Still, the new Toyota Avalon provides more basic features than the Chevrolet Impala does. For instance, it offers keyless access with a button-push start as a standard feature, as well as a bigger touchscreen and, of course, a backup camera, which was mentioned before.
By the way, as you begin adding options and going up the trim levels, you’ll see that neither of the two can boast significant advantages over the other. True, the new Chevy delivers a larger touchscreen and on-board Wi-Fi. The Avalon offers a wireless charging system as well as automatic high-beam headlights. The thing is, those features are roughly the same in terms of value. And the overall winner will be determined largely based on your personal taste. So, essentially, the two vehicles are too much alike in terms of technology for us to declare a definite triumphant of this round.
Toyota Avalon 2015 vs Chevrolet Impala 2015 – The Pricing
The 2015 editions of the Avalon and the Impala may be similar in many terms. But not when it comes to pricing. The new Avalon can be yours for about 33K with shipping. The Chevy Impala is an endorser of a more economical approach. You can get it for 28K MSRP. Gotta say, the Impala is a bit modest in terms of providing standard features, but not as much that the Avalon can justify the 5K gap in price.
If you add some options and move to the higher trim levels, the two vehicles will gradually even out. And the high-end editions of the cars will cost you about 40K or more. All in all, the Impala is a better pick for folks with a tight budget. But if you’re up for adding some additional cool features and gadgets, then the Avalon and the Impala are about the same.
To finish up, let me just say, that both the 2015 Avalon and the 2015 Impala are all-around amazing cars. It provides everything you ever wanted from a full-size sedan, including impressive reliability, spacious and comfortable interior and decent MPG. If you’re interested in my opinion (of course you are!), then let me just say that I would prefer the Avalon over the Impala. The reasons being better fuel-efficiency, that standard back-up camera, and the alternative of a hybrid model. Plus, as I said, Toyota’s tremendous reliability is a living legend. And even though the Impala has the advantage of a low-budget base price, the higher levels of the cars will cost you roughly the same.