Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Genesis G80 VS 2017 Chevrolet Impala Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Genesis G80

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2017 Chevrolet Impala

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G80 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 G80’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Impala doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The G80 has standard Anti-Whiplash Front Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Anti-Whiplash Front Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Impala doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The G80 3.8 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Impala doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The G80 offers optional Parking Assist System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Impala doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the G80 and the Impala have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

The Genesis G80 weighs 490 to 811 pounds more than the Chevrolet Impala. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Genesis G80 is safer than the Chevrolet Impala:

 

G80

Impala

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

97

229

Neck Injury Risk

21%

23.3%

Neck Compression

22 lbs.

30 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

180

412

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

36.3%

Neck Stress

129 lbs.

132 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

97 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 Genesis G80 is safer than the Chevrolet Impala:

 

G80

Impala

 

Front Seat

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

1.3 inches

1.3 inches

Hip Force

197 lbs.

332 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

88

150

Spine Acceleration

31 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

394 lbs.

855 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

13 inches

HIC

230

315

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G80 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 53 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Impala has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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The G80 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 G80 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 G80’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 G80 for 1 year and 12000 miles longer than Chevrolet pays for maintenance for the Impala (3/36,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the G80 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the G80’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Impala’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

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The G80 3.8’s standard 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 114 more horsepower (311 vs. 197) and 102 lbs.-ft. more torque (293 vs. 191) than the Impala’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The G80 3.8’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 6 more horsepower (311 vs. 305) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (293 vs. 264) than the Impala’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The G80 5.0’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 115 more horsepower (420 vs. 305) and 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 264) than the Impala’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the G80 5.0 is faster than the Chevrolet Impala V6:

 

G80

Impala

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.3 sec

15.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.6 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

105 MPH

97 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The G80 has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Impala (20.3 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the G80’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Impala:

 

G80 3.8

G80 5.0

Impala

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.6 inches

The G80 stops much shorter than the Impala:

 

G80

Impala

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the G80 has larger standard tires than the Impala (245/45R18 vs. 235/50R18).

The G80 3.8’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’s standard 50 series tires. The G80 5.0’s 275/35R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Impala Premier’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G80’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the Impala (118.5 inches vs. 111.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the G80 is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Impala.

The G80 5.0 handles at .88 G’s, while the Impala Premier pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The G80 3.8 AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Impala Premier (26.2 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the G80’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Impala’s (36.2 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The G80 is 4.8 inches shorter than the Impala, making the G80 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The G80 has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Impala (107.7 vs. 105).

The G80 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Impala.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the G80 easier. The G80’s trunk lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the Impala’s liftover is 29.4 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the G80 offers cargo security. The Impala’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the G80’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The G80 also offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Impala doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The G80 offers an optional heads-up display which 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 G80’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 G80 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 G80’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Impala’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the G80 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Impala doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the G80 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Impala doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The G80’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Impala LT/Premier.

When the G80 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.

The G80 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Impala, and aren’t available on the Impala LS. The G80 AWD also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Impala.

The G80 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Impala LT/Premier.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the G80 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the G80 with a number “3” insurance rate while the Impala is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the G80 is less expensive to operate than the Impala because it costs $207 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the G80 than the Impala, including $252 less for a water pump, $38 less for an alternator, $30 less for front brake pads, $94 less for fuel injection and $280 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Genesis G80 has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

G80

Impala

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

Top Pick

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the G80 as the 2009 North American Car of the Year. The Impala has never been chosen.

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