Safety Showdown: 2016 Chevy Impala vs. the Competition
The 2016 Chevy Impala is the latest full-size family sedan to hit Chevrolet dealerships in KY. It’s boasting some rather impressive crash test results, and has been awarded an overall 5-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is no doubt because of state-of-the-art safety features that have been loaded into the 2016 Impala. This full-size family sedan is sure to be stiff competition on the market, and give other sedans a run for their money.
Crash Test Results
The Impala received a 5-star safety rating in the categories of Frontal Crash and Side Crash, and 4-stars in Rollover. The front crash test involves the Impala going 35 mph into a stationary barrier. The results are based off of injury ratings to the driver and passenger’s head, neck, chest, and legs. The rating for the side crash is based on similar points of injury, but this time it’s done with an intersection-type crash. Finally, the risk of rollover was rated for the Impala, and it was given a 12.1% rating, which is normal for sedans.
Overall, the Impala received very good ratings in terms of safety. Making the safety features on this full-size family sedan some of the best ones out there.
Key Safety Features
In the 2016 Chevy Impala, you are surrounded by safety. Whether the Impala needs to help you prevent a crash or protect you from a crash; it’s got you covered.
Leading the way in preventive safety is the Impala’s Forward Collision Alert system. This system has a camera that detects the possibility of an imminent collision. Then, it alerts the driver visually and audibly through the speakers. This gives the driver a chance to break out of their reverie with enough time to safely stop the vehicle.
The Lane Departure Warning also utilizes a camera-based system in order to inform the driver they are unintentionally changing lanes. Don’t forget to use your blinker, because between that and the camera’s proximity to lane markings, it’s how it identifies an unintentional lane change.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert is a system that engages when the vehicle is put into reverse. This system also uses a camera to pick up on traffic crossing behind you while in reverse. Making backing out of parking spots in crowded places much safer and easier.
In the event of a collision, the high-strength frame that surrounds the front and sides of the cab will mitigate most of the damage. When the frame is hit, sensors quickly and safely deploy any of the ten airbags depending on the type of crash and how severe it is. The Impala has driver and front passenger frontal and knee airbags, along with side-impact, seat mounted, and roof-rail mounted air bags for the front and rear outboard seating positions.
How it Stacks Up Against the Competition
The Impala is stacked up against some pretty tough competition, but it’s holding it’s own just fine. Toyota’s 2016 Avalon only received 4 stars in both Frontal Crash and Rollover categories, while the Impala sits at 5 stars in the first test. The ever popular Honda Accord received an overall 5 star safety rating as well, but it received 4 stars in Frontal Crash and 5 stars in Rollover; so it’s questionable as to which one did better.
There are many more sedans out there, but those two are some of the more popular ones on the roads today. The Impala is doing just fine in the sedan market, and while it’s not crushing the competition, it’s still a very safe and reliable pick for a family sedan. It has plenty of safety features to prevent and protect you in the event of a crash, and even OnStar for responsive purposes. Plus, it looks good doing it.