2019 Chevrolet Impala vs. 2019 Honda Accord

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 Honda Accord has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Impala and Accord 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 Accord’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.

Both the Impala and the Accord 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.

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 Honda Accord:

 

Impala

Accord

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

229

261

Neck Stress

184 lbs.

184 lbs.

Neck Compression

30 lbs.

74 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

270/69 lbs.

231/338 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 Honda Accord:

 

Impala

Accord

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

150

386

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

62 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

551 lbs.

756 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Impala’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Accord’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Impala. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Accord.

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

Reliability

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 Accord doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

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 27 points higher than the Accord.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

Engine

The Impala’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (197 vs. 192) than the Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Impala’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 53 more horsepower (305 vs. 252) than the Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Impala V6 is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Impala

Accord

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.6 sec

12.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.9 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.2 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Impala has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (18.5 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Impala

Accord

Accord 2.0T/Sport/Touring

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.5 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Impala stops much shorter than the Accord:

 

Impala

Accord

 

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Impala has larger standard tires than the Accord (235/50R18 vs. 225/50R17). The Impala’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord (245/45R19 vs. 235/40R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Impala has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Accord. The Impala Premier’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Accord Sport/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

The Impala Premier handles at .83 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Impala LT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Accord EX (26.7 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Impala LT is quieter than the Accord Sport:

 

Impala

Accord

At idle

38 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

77 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

The Impala has .4 inches more front headroom, 3.5 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity

The Impala has a much larger trunk than the Accord (18.8 vs. 16.7 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. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Accord’s useful trunk space.

The Impala’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Towing

The Impala’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Accord’s (1000 vs. 0 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The Impala uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Accord uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Impala and the Accord 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 Accord 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 Accord’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 Accord offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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

Both the Impala and the Accord 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 Accord 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 Accord doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Impala owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Impala with a number “3” insurance rate while the Accord is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Impala is less expensive to operate than the Accord because typical repairs cost much less on the Impala than the Accord, including $143 less for a starter, $40 less for fuel injection, $70 less for a fuel pump, $58 less for front struts and $385 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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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