2013 Toyota Avalon vs 2014 Chevy Impala Sheboygan, WI
|2013 Toyota Avalon Exterior|
|2013 Toyota Avalon Interior|
|2014 Chevy Impala Exterior|
|2014 Chevy Impala Interior|
For 2013, the Toyota Avalon has taken on a completely revamped, updating the recent changes they made the previous year by making the ride smoother and easier to operate. Moving forward from there, the Avalon focuses on better handling and improving the overall driving experience. With the option to go with a hybrid gas-electric power train for better fuel economy and making the integrated tech a little more user friendly, makes it something that everyone can comfortably and easily enjoy.
Focusing on a completely new direction compared to the previous versions, the new Chevrolet Impala moves up the ranks to a full size sedan status which boasts that it can comfortably fit five passengers. Besides its roominess, the fresh new looks grabs people's attention instantly and provides an interior that is lavish and comfortable. With improvements all around the 2014 Chevrolet Impala is a car that delivers performance, power and luxury that can easily rival others within its class.
Power and Handling
Providing a 3.5 liter, V6 engine across all trim levels, the six-cylinder engine that provides variable valve timing with intelligence delivers a stron 268 horsepower while still maintaining a descent fuel economy. Pairing up with a choice of two drive trains, drivers can either stick with the standard six speed transmission or decide to go for the more fuel efficient hybrid gas-electric power train. And while still maintaining fuel efficiency, the hybrid is still able to perform quite well, able to hit 60 mph in eight seconds. Sticking with the base drive train, however, will get a little faster response, able to hit 60 in 6.7 seconds.
Unlike the Avalon only using a single engine, the Chevrolet Impala has a variety of engines to choose from, ranging from both practical to performance driven. For drivers looking to get some serious power, they can go with the direct injection 3.6 liter, V6 engine that pumps out a powerful 305 horsepower and a whopping 264 pound feet of torque. Being able to floor it may be great for some, but for drivers that are looking for a more practical vehicle can chose from a 2.5 liter Ecotec inline 4 with 196 horsepower and 145 pound feet of torque. But the offering doesn't stop there, with a 2.4 liter four cylinder that is equipped with eAssist mild hybrid system which puts out 182 horsepower and 172 pounds of torque. Across the board, all engines are joined with a six speed transmission which makes for a smooth ride and a quick response when needed. Another unique attribute that the Impala offers is a special coating on their ABS disk brakes, which not only protects the breaks from rust but also increases the life expectancy of the rotors by double.
The Sedan DesignWhen it comes to design, the Avalon has a high end aesthetically pleasing style that one would find in the same vein as some luxury cars out on the market. With this look it gives the implication that the car is of a much higher status than others in its class, which is great and helps attract a broader demographic. The feel is definitely stronger compared to previous versions that did a poor job of conveying its power and elegance. For the interior, the look is consistent throughout the cabin as drivers do have the option to go with upgraded leather seats which are even hand stitched. To make things less cumbersome on the technology side of things, a touch screen interface has replaced several knobs and buttons which make for an easier user experience.
With its completely revamped look, the Chevrolet Impala does a bit more than simply going for a stylish upgrade. Tweaking the aerodynamics of the Impala helps improve the fuel economy and emphasizes Chevrolet's commitment to perfection. Part of this decreasing the coefficient drag was introducing tire wind blockers that essentially look like mud flaps placed in front of the tire. The four cylinder engine models have active shutter grill panels that help with aerodynamics as well.
When it comes to the cabin, everything is designed to produce the best driver experience possible. New improved electric steering not only makes the vehicle more responsive and simple, but it also only draws from the car only when it is used, making it more efficient. As far as driving noise is concerned, the Impala is outfitted with everything possible from acoustic glass, sound deadening material and even extra foam between the body help to make the cabin seem as if it isn't even on the road. As far as the rest of the interior is concerned, drivers have a choice to choose from three trim levels which all have rear view cameras. With various packages available such a safety package which has several sensors to detect collisions from all angles of the car to premium packages that offer heated seats and a 11 speaker system, there is very little that can't be equipped in the Impala.
ConclusionsWith its elegant style that is able to compete with even high end luxury cars, the 2013 Toyota Avalon has a lot to offer. Though it only has one engine across its trim levels, it does at least provide an option on the drive train which can help drivers achieve a slighter better fuel economy. With a good amount of standard safety features and optional safety package with collision alerts and other sensors, the Avalon is overall a good consideration for anyone looking for some style in a comfortable ride.
Completely redesigned, the Chevrolet Impala does more than look handsome and elegant. It goes a step further by improving its aerodynamics without sacrificing style, making a vehicle that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. With a variety of options that range from mechanical components such as three engine choices, to an interior cabin that brings a whole new level to the driving experience. that provides one of the best driving experiences out there, the Impala delivers significantly more and at a higher value that others in its class.
After all is considered, both are great cars and offer quite a bit. But the Impala goes a bit further by providing one of the best driving experiences out there. With so many options available, it proves that that the Impala is clearly more value oriented full size car when compared to the Avalon. For more information about either of these full size sedans, please visit the official2013 Toyota Avalonor 2014 Chevy Impala website .