2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Chevrolet Impala

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Impala doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Impala doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Impala doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry TRD/XLE/XSE offers an optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Impala doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera 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.

Both the Camry and the Impala have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 blind spot warning systems 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 Toyota Camry is safer than the Chevrolet Impala:

Camry

Impala

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

140

229

Neck Injury Risk

20%

23.3%

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

30 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

335

412

Neck Injury Risk

21%

36.3%

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

97 lbs.

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

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 Toyota Camry is safer than the Impala:

Camry

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

Tibia index R/L

.35/.42

.68/.32

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 Toyota Camry is safer than the Chevrolet Impala:

Camry

Impala

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

180 G’s

Hip Force

296 lbs.

332 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

752 lbs.

855 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

164

315

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

38 G’s

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

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 Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Impala was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Camry’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Impala’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota 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 Camry has a standard 600-amp battery. The Impala’s 512-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Camry V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Impala:

Camry

Impala

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.6 sec

10.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.8 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.6 MPH

96.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the Impala:

Camry

Impala

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto

22 city/33 hwy

19 city/28 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto XSE

22 city/32 hwy

18 city/28 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto TRD

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Camry TRD

Impala

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

The Camry stops shorter than the Impala:

Camry

Impala

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry SE handles at .88 G’s, while the Impala LT pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Impala Premier (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Camry L/LE’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Impala’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The Camry SE/TRD/XLE/XSE’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Impala’s (38 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Chevrolet Impala.

The Camry L/LE/XLE is 9.2 inches shorter than the Impala, making the Camry easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the Impala LT (72 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Camry has .5 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear hip room than the Impala.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Camry easier. The Camry’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the Impala’s liftover is 29.4 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation 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 Camry’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.

If the windows are left open on the Camry the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Impala can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Impala doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Camry’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. 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 Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Impala’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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

Economic Advantages

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The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 46.06% to 50.35% of its original price after five years, while the Impala only retains 42.7% to 43.7%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the Impala because it costs $391 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the Impala, including $38 less for a water pump, $241 less for a muffler, $60 less for front brake pads and $24 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $7061 to $7421 less than for the Chevrolet Impala.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Camry and the Chevrolet Impala, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Impala isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Chevrolet Impala by over seven to one during the 2019 model year.

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