Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2017 Chevrolet Impala VS 2017 Toyota Camry In IA

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2017 Chevrolet Impala

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2017 Chevrolet Impala

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2017 Toyota Camry

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 Toyota Camry has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Impala and Camry 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 Camry’s 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Active Emergency Braking System optional in the Impala as “Superior.” The Camry scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Compared to metal, the Impala’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Camry has a metal gas tank.

Both the Impala and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, 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 Toyota Camry:

 

Impala

Camry

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

229

236

Neck Injury Risk

23.3%

33%

Neck Stress

184 lbs.

462 lbs.

Neck Compression

30 lbs.

93 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

270/69 lbs.

479/545 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 Toyota Camry:

 

Impala

Camry

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

150

160

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

46 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

15 inches

HIC

315

361

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

551 lbs.

975 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 Camry’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Impala’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Impala has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Camry doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Impala has a standard 800-amp battery. The Camry only offers a 582-amp battery.

Engine Comparison

The Impala’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 19 more horsepower (197 vs. 178) and 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (191 vs. 170) than the Camry’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Impala’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 37 more horsepower (305 vs. 268) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (264 vs. 248) than the Camry XSE/XLE’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Impala V6 is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:

 

Impala

Camry

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.5 sec

22.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.2 sec

8.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

4.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

149 MPH

114 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 Camry doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Impala has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry (18.5 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Impala’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:

 

Impala

Camry

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11 inches

The Impala stops much shorter than the Camry:

 

Impala

Camry

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Impala has larger standard tires than the Camry (235/50R18 vs. 205/65R16). The Impala’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (245/45R19 vs. 225/45R18).

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 Camry LE’s standard 65 series tires. The Impala Premier’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Camry XSE’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Impala has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry LE. The Impala Premier’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Camry XSE.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Impala’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Camry doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Impala’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Camry (111.7 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The Impala’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.5% to 40.5%) than the Camry’s (61.6% to 38.4%). This gives the Impala more stable handling and braking.

The Impala Premier handles at .83 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Impala LT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Camry XLE (26.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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 Camry doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Impala LT is quieter than the Camry SE (38 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Impala is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Camry is rated a Mid-size.

The Impala has 2.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Camry (105 vs. 102.7).

The Impala has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 4.2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Impala has a much larger trunk than the Camry (18.8 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Impala’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Impala offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Camry doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Impala Premier, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Impala Premier’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Impala and the Camry have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Impala is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Camry prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Camry’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Impala Premier offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Impala Premier keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Camry doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Impala Premier’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Impala and the Camry offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Impala LT/Premier has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Camry LE/SE doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Camry 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 Camry because typical repairs cost much less on the Impala than the Camry, including $79 less for a starter, $19 less for fuel injection, $365 less for front struts, $1573 less for a timing belt/chain and $288 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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