2018 Chevrolet Impala vs. 2018 Honda Accord
As the rapidly growing SUV and crossover segment becomes the primary choice for small families, midsize sedans have taken a back seat. However, automakers haven’t given up yet as more and more historically popular models are refreshed to expand buyers’ choices. Topping this list are Chevrolet’s Impala and Honda’s Accord for 2018.
One should not directly compare the Chevrolet Impala with the Honda Accord, as the former is a large domestic sedan while the other is a luxury sedan. However, for the current model year, Chevrolet has loaded the Impala with plenty of tech features that add even more comfort to the spacious sedan, making it on par with Honda’s Accord.
The Impala continues to have one of the largest trunks across the segment. It has plenty of power, especially when equipped with the available V6 engine. The interiors are spacious, the ride quality is good, and the cabin is relatively quiet, especially on highways. The addition of the MyLink infotainment system, keyless entry, and rearview camera make this a high tech comfortable sedan.?
Available in five trim levels, the LX is the base model for the 2018 Honda Accord with the Touring being the top end variant. Even the base LX model for the Accord comes loaded with advanced safety features and dual-zone climate control. Every variant above the LX comes with the above-mentioned infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Sport trim has some visual upgrades on the base model while the EX adds some more flair to the Sport trim and has a sunroof and heated front seats. The EX-L trim features leather upholstery while the topmost Touring has every feature mentioned in the list along with adaptive dampers.
The current generation of the Impala is in its fourth year of production. Considering its rich history, Chevrolet has over the years made minor tweaks to its design that has now transformed the Impala into a completely different yet modern sedan. With its enormous trunk space and roomy interiors, the Impala still stands apart among a crowded luxury sedan segment.
On the outside, the redesigned style of the body gives the Accord a luxurious European look and feel. While the 2018 model year Accord is slightly downsized in both length and height compared to the previous year, it does gain half an inch of width. This gives a sportier look to the sedan.
The Impala is a five-seater sedan with both rows of seating providing ample headroom and legroom for taller passengers as well. The A-pillar is thin yet durable, which provides decent visibility to the driver. The cabin looks posh and the quality of materials used throughout is top notch. For the higher trims, one can also do with leather upholstery.
The talking point of the Impala is, of course, its trunk, which at 19 cubic feet is one of the largest in the segment. The enormous trunk can house up to 14 carry-on bags and many sets of golf clubs. The Impala thus offers the space of an SUV in a sedan!
Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi and a MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all come as standard. Optional features include an 11-speaker Bose sound system and dual-zone automatic climate control. All features are easy to use and as most of them are available as standard, one can enjoy the best of tech even on lower trims of the Impala.
As for the Accord, one needs to move up the trim range to access most of the high tech features. Having said that, the Accord is not just about upscale interiors. The inside of the cabin is quite spacious, especially for rear seat passengers. This is nowhere near to the space offered by the Impala though.
Engine & Performance
The Impala has two engine options, with the base 2.5L four-cylinder churning out 197 horsepower while the optional 3.6L V6 makes 305 horsepower. The V6 generates ample power and acceleration, more than Honda Accord and other rivals in the segment. The base engine makes 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on highways while the V6 makes 19 mpg on city roads and 28 mpg on expressways. The numbers are good especially when you consider other cars in the segment that claim to be highly fuel-efficient yet deliver similar mileage as the Impala.
The Impala’s light steering, narrow footprint, well-mannered steering, and confident handling make this an ideal vehicle for commuting on a daily basis.
Honda Accord’s engine lineup starts with a 1.5L inline four that comes standard with a manual six-speed transmission and available with an optional CVT, churning out 192 horsepower. At the heart of the top end model is a two-liter turbocharged inline-four engine with 252 horsepower available with a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic. A two-liter four-cylinder hybrid with two electric motors is also available as an option.
The most powerful among the engines is obviously the two-liter 10-speed automatic that goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds. The base LX variant goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds.
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala follows its predecessors when it comes to spaciousness and performance. These two have always been the selling points of this large sedan. For the current model year, Chevy also decided to load the car with user-friendly tech features and an upscale interior. This has significantly improved the Impala’s ratings helping it to compete with modern luxury sedans and at the same time keeping its vintage feel intact.
The Accord is also a good package of driving and luxury but it is more expensive than the Impala as one has to move up the trim range to be able to access the same features as the Chevy model.
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