Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Sonata VS 2018 Chevrolet Impala Near Washington, NC

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2018 Hyundai Sonata

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2018 Hyundai Sonata

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2018 Chevrolet Impala

Safety Comparison

Both the Sonata and the Impala have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Sonata is safer than the Chevrolet Impala:

 

Sonata

Impala

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

23.3%

Neck Stress

164 lbs.

184 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

197

412

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

36.3%

Neck Compression

51 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 Hyundai Sonata is safer than the Impala:

 

Sonata

Impala

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

GOOD

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 Hyundai Sonata is safer than the Chevrolet Impala:

 

Sonata

Impala

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.3 inches

Abdominal Force

179 G’s

180 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

785 lbs.

855 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

HIC

213

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-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sonata its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 20 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Impala was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty Comparison

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

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

Reliability Comparison

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 8 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sonata Eco gets better fuel mileage than the Impala 4 cyl. (28 city/37 hwy vs. 22 city/30 hwy).

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

 

 

Sonata

Impala

 

 

4 cyl./Auto SE

25 city/36 hwy

22 city/30 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

4 cyl./Auto SEL/Sport/Limited

25 city/35 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0T/Auto

23 city/32 hwy

19 city/28 hwy

V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

18 city/28 hwy

V6/Auto Flex-Fuel

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sonata stops much shorter than the Impala:

 

Sonata

Impala

 

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sonata is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Impala.

The Sonata Sport 2.0T handles at .84 G’s, while the Impala LT pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Sonata’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Impala’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Hyundai Sonata may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 500 pounds less than the Chevrolet Impala.

The Sonata is 10.2 inches shorter than the Impala, making the Sonata easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sonata has .5 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear hip room than the Impala.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Sonata offers cargo security. The Impala’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Sonata SEL/Sport/Limited’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Impala doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sonata Sport/Limited’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Impala’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Sonata 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 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 Sonata’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Impala’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Sonata Limited 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 Sonata Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Impala doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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

The Sonata will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sonata will retain 43.1% to 49.46% of its original price after five years, while the Impala only retains 38.93% to 39.26%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sonata is less expensive to operate than the Impala because it costs $67 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sonata than the Impala, including $248 less for a water pump, $113 less for front brake pads, $126 less for a starter, $123 less for fuel injection, $384 less for a fuel pump and $354 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Hyundai Sonata has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Sonata

Impala

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

Top Pick

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Hyundai Sonata outsold the Chevrolet Impala by 74% during 2017.

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