2019 Chevrolet Impala vs. 2018 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Lincoln Continental has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Impala and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Impala’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Continental’s (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). Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Continental.

There are over 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Impala’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Impala has a standard 800-amp battery. The Continental only offers a 650-amp battery.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Impala’s reliability 43 points higher than the Continental.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 4 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Impala V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Continental FWD with its standard V6 (19 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Impala uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Continental requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Chevrolet Impala as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Lincoln Continental is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

The Impala stops shorter than the Continental:

 

Impala

Continental

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Impala has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Continental’s suspension doesn’t offer front gas-charged shocks.

The Impala Premier handles at .83 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Impala’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38.8 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Impala may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

Passenger Space

The Impala has .6 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

The Impala has a much larger trunk than the Continental (18.8 vs. 16.7 cubic feet).

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Impala owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Impala will cost $2260 to $6140 less than the Continental over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Impala is less expensive to operate than the Continental because typical repairs cost much less on the Impala than the Continental, including $461 less for a muffler, $285 less for front struts, $373 less for a timing belt/chain and $741 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 $14569 to $30738 less than for the Lincoln Continental.

Recommendations

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

The Chevrolet Impala outsold the Lincoln Continental by over six to one during 2017.

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