2020 Genesis G70 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Impala

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Safety

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The G70 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Impala doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The G70 Prestige/Sport has a standard 360-degree Multi-view Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Impala only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The G70’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Impala doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the G70 and the Impala have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Genesis G70 is safer than the Impala:

G70

Impala

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

1 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G70 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Impala was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The G70 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Impala’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G70 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Impala. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Impala ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The G70’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Impala’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Genesis pays for scheduled maintenance on the G70 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Genesis will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Impala.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the G70 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Impala’s 512-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the G70 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the G70’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Impala’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G70 first among compact premium cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Impala isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Genesis vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Genesis 11 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The G70 3.3T’s standard 3.3 turbo V6 produces 60 more horsepower (365 vs. 305) and 112 lbs.-ft. more torque (376 vs. 264) than the Impala’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the G70 3.3T 3.3 turbo V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Impala (automatics tested):

G70

Impala

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

7.5 sec

10.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.3 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107.3 MPH

96.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the G70 2.0T RWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Impala (22 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the G70 2.0T Automatic’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 Impala doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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The G70 offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Impala doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Genesis G70, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Impala.

The G70’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Impala doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the G70 3.3T/6-speed’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Impala:

G70 3.3T/6-speed

Impala

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

12.4 inches

The G70’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Impala are solid, not vented.

The G70 stops much shorter than the Impala:

G70

Impala

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The G70’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Impala LT’s standard 50 series tires. The G70 3.3T/2.0T Manual/Sport’s 255/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Impala Premier’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The G70 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Impala’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G70 is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Impala.

The G70’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the Impala’s (59.5% to 40.5%). This gives the G70 more stable handling and braking.

The G70 handles at .95 G’s, while the Impala LT pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The G70 Standard executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Impala Premier (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G70’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Impala’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The G70 AWD’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Impala’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Genesis G70 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Chevrolet Impala.

The G70 is 1 foot, 4.9 inches shorter than the Impala, making the G70 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the G70 is quieter than the Impala LT:

G70

Impala

At idle

37 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

77 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the G70’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The G70 3.3T Prestige/3.3T Sport also has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Impala doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the G70 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Impala. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The G70 Prestige/Sport has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Impala doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The G70’s front and rear power windows all open or close 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 Impala’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Impala’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The G70’s headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Impala’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the G70 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Impala doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the G70 3.3T Elite/Prestige/Sport has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Impala doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the G70 3.3T/Elite/2.0T Manual/Prestige/Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Impala’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the G70 and the Impala offer available heated front seats. The G70 Prestige/Sport also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Impala.

Recommendations

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The G70 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2019. The Impala has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the G70 as their 2019 Car of the Year. The Impala has never been chosen.

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