2016 Toyota Avalon vs 2016 Chevy Impala
A flagship sedan might not always be the most recognizable vehicle on a lineup, either by name or appearance. While it might sound like it, that’s not what flagship means. A flagship sedan represents the very best the brand has to offer. It provides the most premium features, the best specifications available and the most luxurious feel. So while the Toyota Camry and Chevy Camaro might be the most well-known names from their respective brands, they aren’t their flagship sedans. We wanted to pit the two actual flagships against one another, to see which was superior, so we compared the 2016 Toyota Avalon vs 2016 Chevy Impala.
Advantages of the 2016 Toyota Avalon
While both full-size sedans may represent the flagship slot for their respective brands, the Chevy Impala is clearly at a disadvantage to the Avalon right out of the gate, and it’s in terms of power. While the classic Impala may have been known as a powerhouse, its base trim level today cannot compete with the Avalon, as it gives up 73 horsepower and 61 pound-feet of torque. Generally, a vehicle has one area to make up that disadvantage, and that’s curb weight. The lighter a vehicle is, the less power it needs to do the same things as a heavier vehicle – generally speaking.
But as you can see from the table above, the Avalon also happens to weight 201 lbs. less than its competing flagship sedan. If the Impala has any reprieve, it’s that it actually matches Avalon in fuel efficiency, which is a hard feat against a vehicle from Toyota, who are known for providing very efficient vehicles.
Taking things beyond just specifications, each flagship sedan likely offers outstanding features in a number of categories, but with the Avalon’s Toyota Safety Sense P package, it is hard to imagine the Impala being able to keep up in that regard either. If you think the safety and power of the Avalon is enticing, be sure to schedule a test drive so that you can come in and experience it for yourself.