2018 Chevrolet Impala vs. 2018 Nissan Maxima

October 1st, 2018 by

2018 Chevrolet Impala

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala for sale in Purcell cuts a striking figure. The front end is masculine and modern, yet timeless in design. The Chevrolet Impala will look as good as it does now in twenty years. Choosing the Impala turns your daily commute into something you look forward to. With an available direct-injection 3.6-liter 305-horsepower VVT engine, the Chevrolet packs way more power into its frame than its classic looks would suggest. With start-stop technology you’ll get up to 30 miles to the gallon, and included in the price are two maintenance visits and warranties that go up to 100,000 miles.

The 2018 Nissan Maxima, therefore, has a mountain to climb if it was to take the crown from the Impala. As we take a look at the differences between these models, we’ll see that even though the base price of the Nissan Maxima is much higher than that of the 2018 Chevrolet Impala for sale now the Maxima is sorely lacking in some important areas.

Let’s See Who Comes Out on Top

Base Price

The Impala’s starting price at just over $28,000 versus the Maxima’s base price of over $33,000 gives it a huge advantage from the start when you’re considering which vehicle to buy. A difference of $5,000 is nothing to be sniffed at.

Standard Features

Both vehicles have as standard features Bluetooth, navigation, satellite radio, keyless ignition, cruise control, a folding rear seat, front-wheel drive, and an automatic transmission. The Impala has a 197-horsepower engine (but offers a V6 option) and the Maxima’s engine is 300 horsepower. Both vehicles offer a variety of trims and options.

Performance and Exterior

Edmunds’ Expert Reviews says about the Impala, “what the Impala has in spades is that smooth large-car feeling on the road. It’s a four-door, five-passenger sedan.” What Edmunds’ says about the Maxima is, “it’s sportier than the typical family sedan but it isn’t quite the four-door sports car that Nissan claims.” The Impala is rated higher for handling.

Interior and Comfort

The 2018 Chevy Impala has a spacious rear seat with five inches more legroom than the Maxima, a massive 18.8 cubic foot trunk, and almost an inch more rear headroom and shoulder space. It’s truly the leader for comfort. The Impala’s cabin is described as ‘sleek’.

The Maxima’s rear seat and trunk are described as ‘not very spacious’. There is a wider range of choice for the interior in the Impala – seven color combinations in total; the Maxima is offered with only a black interior. The Impala upholstery is either leatherette or cloth where the Maxima is only offered in cloth.


Both vehicles have a five-year/60,000 drivetrain warranty but there is an extra bonus with the Impala because it has a five-year/60,000 roadside assistance warranty as compared to Maxima’s mere three-year/36,000 warranty. This is a significant difference and a true bonus for the Impala owner as anyone who has ever had to pay out of pocket for roadside assistance knows.

Operating Expenses

The Impala’s fuel economy is 22 city and 30 highway, slightly higher than the Maxima but the Impala uses regular unleaded gas whereas the Maxima requires premium unleaded fuel.

Repair costs, insurance, and maintenance are lower for the Impala with an average cost per mile estimated at 0.57 as compared to Maxima’s estimated 0.61 cost per mile.


Chevy’s MyLink system is easy to use and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Chevy’s MyLink is a tried and true system with high ratings from consumers. The Maxima boasts a reasonably easy to use system as well and recently added Android Auto.


Edmund’s Scorecard for the Impala gives it an overall 3.5 out of 5 points as it does the Maxima. Overall consumer reviews give the Impala an impressive 5 out of 5 stars slightly over the 4.8 out of five stars the Maxima received, making it the true winner in the day-to-day consumer life test.


The 2018 Chevy Impala with its moderate pricing, smooth ride, spacious rear seat, massive 18.8 cubic foot trunk, and sleek technologically upgraded cabin make it a stand-out choice over the 2018 Nissan Maxima.

The Impala’s starting versus the Maxima’s base price already gives it a leg up on the competition, but when you add in the fact that the Maxima’s rear seat and trunk aren’t very spacious (the Impala boasts an additional five inches of legroom in the rear seat and 4.4 cubic feet in the trunk) and the Impala’s available option for a V6 engine upgrade, the Impala wins hands down.

The comfort, room, extended warranty and the fact of its lower operating and maintenance expenses (e.g., uses regular leaded gas) and its greater fuel economy makes this the perfect vehicle for anyone on the market for a true sedan for the family day to day as well as the road warrior. Sophisticated enough for the businessperson but friendly enough for the neighborhood mom to drive.

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