Poll: Full-Size Sedans – Impala, Avalon, Cadenza, 300, or Taurus?
The new 2014 Chevrolet Impala and 2014 Kia Cadenza challenge the 2013 Toyota Avalon in our third full-size sedan comparison test, which also features the 2013 Chrysler 300 and the 2013 Ford Taurus. Each full-size four-door bring something different to the segment, and if it were your money, which would you choose?
In our comprehensive five-car comparison test, we found the Impala had the most appropriate ride for the class but that same Chevrolet used a six-speed automatic transmission that often hunted for gears on winding roads. We were disappointed in the ride of the Toyota Avalon, a car that had the best observed mileage by far in the test with a V-6 engine one editor described as “the best part of this car.”
After driving all five cars, editors said the only rear-drive car in the group — the Chrysler 300 — didn’t actually feel much different from its front-drive competitors. Still, the car’s eight-speed automatic was intuitive and it’s hard to argue with the Chrysler’s massive curb appeal.
The Kia Cadenza impressed with its value argument and a rear seat that was as comfortable as that in the Toyota Avalon. The digital instrument cluster proved controversial, however, and headroom left a little to be desired. The Ford Taurus got marked down for its poor visibility and the fact that it placed last in most performance tests. Still, the Taurus has real full-size car presence and and some may appreciate the dash layout.
Get the full story by reading our five-car full-size sedan comparison test and then tell us: Among the Taurus, 300, Cadenza, Impala, and Avalon, which would you rather drive?