Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 Chevrolet Impala VS 2017 Ford Taurus Near Algona, IA

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2017 Chevrolet Impala

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2017 Chevrolet Impala

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2017 Ford Taurus

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Impala are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Taurus has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Impala and Taurus have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Impala has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Taurus’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Impala Premier offers an optional Active Emergency Braking System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Taurus offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Chevrolet Impala has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Taurus doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Impala and the Taurus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Impala is safer than the Ford Taurus:







5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

184 lbs.

313 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Impala is safer than the Ford Taurus:





Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

855 lbs.

910 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

18 inches




Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

551 lbs.

743 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Impala’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Taurus’ (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Impala for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Taurus.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Impala has a standard 800-amp battery. The Taurus only offers a 600-amp battery.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Impala third among large cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Taurus isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 79 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Impala V6 is faster than the Ford Taurus V6:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.6 sec

11.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.9 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.2 MPH

95 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Impala gets better fuel mileage than the Taurus:







4 cyl./Auto

22 city/30 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 ECOBoost/Auto


Flex-Fuel 3.6 V6/Auto

19 city/28 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto


3.6 V6/Auto

18 city/28 hwy






17 city/24 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto




16 city/24 hwy


In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Impala 4 cyl.’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Taurus doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Impala uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Taurus with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Impala’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Taurus SE’s standard 60 series tires. The Impala Premier’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Taurus Limited’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Impala has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Taurus SE.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Impala’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.5% to 40.5%) than the Taurus’ (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Impala more stable handling and braking.

The Impala LT handles at .84 G’s, while the Taurus Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Impala LT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Taurus SEL (26.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Impala’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Taurus SHO’s (38.8 feet vs. 39.4 feet). The Impala’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Taurus’ (38.8 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Impala may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 550 pounds less than the Ford Taurus.

The Impala 4 cyl. uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Taurus doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Impala LT is quieter than the Taurus SHO:




At idle

38 dB

47 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Impala has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Taurus (105 vs. 102.2).

The Impala has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the Taurus.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Impala’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Taurus’ passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Impala offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Taurus doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Impala is less expensive to operate than the Taurus because typical repairs cost much less on the Impala than the Taurus, including $357 less for a water pump, $75 less for an alternator, $548 less for a timing belt/chain and $745 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Impala will be $737 to $9883 less than for the Ford Taurus.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Chevrolet Impala as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its July 2013 issue and they ranked the Chevrolet Impala Premier three places higher than the Ford Taurus SEL.

The Chevrolet Impala outsold the Ford Taurus by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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