Chevy Impala Vs. Chrysler 300: Big Sedans Battle it Out

By Justin Cupler | February 13th, 2019

Full-size sedans hold a special place in many new-car shoppers’ hearts in Wheaton, Carol Stream, or Lombard. These big four-door models deliver loads of room, comfy rides, big trunks, and decent levels of sportiness. The 2019 Chevy Impala and 2019 Chrysler 300 offer all this and more. Which of these full-size sedans is the better buy for you? Find out below.

Exterior

On the outside, the 2019 Chrysler 300 has classic sedan styling with sharp angles, hard shoulder lines, a bold grille, and more. It has boasted the same look since its revamp in 2005. Some may find this look a little dated, but classic-car enthusiasts will find it appealing. The Impala, on the other hand, went through a comprehensive redesign in 2014, giving it a new take on the full-size sedan style that includes some added sportines, swoopy rear fender lines, and raked rear glass.

The Chevy Impala measures 201.3 inches long, 73 inches wide, and 58.9 inches high. The 2019 Chrysler 300 is 198.6 inches long, 75 inches wide, and 58.5 to 59.2 inches high. The Impala rides on a 111.7-inch wheelbase, while the 300 sits on a 120.2-inch wheelbase. The Impala checks in at 3,681 to 3,811 pounds. The 300 is significantly heavier at 4,013 to 4,380 pounds.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Impala

  • Swoopy take on the sedan look
  • Larger body offers more overall roominess
  • Lighter body

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler 300

  • Classic design
  • Looks almost luxurious

Interior

The 2019 Chevy Impala has a simple look that some buyers may find a bit too toned down, but certain buyers will find this simple setup perfect. There are also a few classic touches to the Impala, like its four-spoke steering wheel and traditional console-mounted shifter. The 2019 Chrysler 300 has a simple dash setup too, but it is more horizontally oriented than the Impala. Where the 300 sets itself apart is its three-spoke steering wheel and premium upholstery options the Impala doesn’t offer.

On the tech side of things, the Impala and 300 are similar with their advanced infotainment systems, large touchscreens, and more. The Impala gets an extra feather in its cap with its available 4G LTE Wi-Fi that keeps all the passengers’ gadgets online.

Inside, the 2019 Chevy Impala’s front seats have 39.9 inches of headroom, 45.8 inches of legroom, 57.9 inches of shoulder room, and 54.9 inches of hip room. The 2019 Chrysler 300 has 1.3 inches less headroom and 4 inches less legroom, but it offers more lateral room with 59.5 inches of shoulder room and 56.2 inches of hip room.

In its rear seats, the 2019 Impala has 37.4 inches of headroom, 39.8 inches of legroom, 56.9 inches of shoulder room, and 54.1 inches of hip room. The 2019 Chrysler 300 beats the Impala by 0.5 inches in headroom, 0.3 inches of legroom, 0.8 inches in shoulder room, and 2 inches of hip room.

Though it lacks in rear-seat room, the 2019 Impala’s 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space crushes the 300 by 2.5 cubic feet.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Impala

  • Simple design will attract some buyers
  • Better suited for taller drivers
  • Massive trunk
  • In-car Wi-Fi

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler 300

  • Near-luxury-level interior
  • Upscale materials
  • Roomier rear seat

Performance

The 2019 Chevy Impala comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. This pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission that ships its power out to the front wheels. This sprints the Impala to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds.

The Impala also has an optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine that injects 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. This power heads through a six-speed automatic transmission and out to the front wheels for a 6.1-second 0-to-60 sprint.

The 2019 Chrysler 300 forgoes the four-cylinder base engine in favor of a standard 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 292 and 260 pound-feet of torque. In the 300S model, this V-6 engine sees its power increase to 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs to an eight-speed automatic transmission and out to the rear wheels. All-wheel drive is an option. This powertrain delivers a 0-to-60 sprint time of 6.3 seconds.

Standard in the range-topping 300C and optional in the 300S is a 5.7-liter V-8 engine with 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque. This Hemi engine mates with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick and paddle shifters. This nets the 300 a 5.3-second 0-to-60 time.

These large sedans are no corner monsters, and the Impala shows this with a 0.83 G rating on the skidpad. The 300 is a bit tighter in the corners with certain trims holding firm at up to 0.88 Gs.

Large sedans like the Impala and 300 rarely get great fuel economy, but both sedans deliver decent economy for their size. The 2019 Impala with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 22 mpg city, 29 highway, and 25 combined. The Impala’s V-6 engine cuts this to 19 mpg city, 28 highway, and 22 combined.

The 2019 Chrysler 300’s base V-6 engine gets up to 19 mpg city, 30 highway, and 23 combined. All-wheel drive drops this to 18 mpg city, 27 highway, and 21 combined. Adding the wild 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine delivers up to 16 mpg city, 25 highway, and 19 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Impala

  • More powerful V-6 engine
  • Quicker V-6 sprint to 60 mph

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler 300

  • Standard V-6 engine
  • Better base highway fuel economy
  • V-8 power with sports-car-like acceleration

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Impala comes in three trims — LS, LT, and Premier — with starting prices ranging from $28,894 to $37,595.

There are five trim levels comprising the 2019 Chrysler 300 lineup: 300 Touring, 300 Touring L, 300S, 300 Limited, and 300C. Starting prices for these trims range from $28,995 to $41,695.

2019 Chevy Impala Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LS: $28,895

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with auto-stop/start
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 18-inch steel wheels with hub caps
  • Body-color door handles
  • Halogen headlights with auto on/off
  • Power mirrors
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with 8-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM
  • Three USB ports
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down
  • Single-zone manual climate control
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Steering-wheel-mounted control
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Daytime running lights
  • Rearview camera
  • Hill-start assist

LT: $31,395

  • All LS features, plus
  • 18-inch painted alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob

Premier: $37,595

  • All LT features, plus
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Dual-exit exhaust
  • HID headlights
  • 19-inch aluminum wheels
  • Chrome door handles with body-color accent
  • Navigation
  • 11-speaker Bose audio system
  • Eight-way power passenger seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Universal home remote
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2019 Chrysler 300 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

300 Touring: $28,995

  • 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Touring suspension
  • Dual exhaust with bright tips
  • Proximity key and keyless ignition
  • Cruise control
  • Chrome badging
  • Acoustic windshield and front door glass
  • Black grille with bright surround
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Chrome headlights bezels
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Power, heated mirrors
  • 17-inch Fine Silver aluminum wheels
  • Power windows with one-touch-down front windows
  • Two-speed variable intermittent wipers
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power door locks
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Charcoal wood hydrographic interior trim
  • Satin-chrome interior bezels
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Rotary shift knob
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Temperature display
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Uconnect 4 infotainment system with 8.4-inch display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Two USB ports
  • 7-inch driver-information system
  • Rearview camera
  • Hill-start assist

300 Touring L: $32,640

  • All 300 Touring features, plus
  • 18-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Eight-way power passenger seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Nappa leather seats
  • Security alarm

 

300S: $36,395

  • All 300 Touring L features, plus
  • Sport Mode
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Black-finish “300S” badges
  • Black-accented wing badge
  • Black grille with black-chrome surround
  • Black headlight bezels
  • LED fog lights
  • 20-inch Black Noise wheels (19-inch with all-wheel drive)
  • Piano black and satin-chrome interior accents
  • Piano black interior bezels
  • Steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles
  • Nappa leather sport seats
  • Six premium speakers and 276-watt amplifier
  • Remote ignition

300 Limited: $38,245

  • All 300 Touring L features, plus
  • Bright door handles
  • Granite Crystal grille with chrome surround
  • LED fog lights
  • Chrome mirrors
  • Auto-tilt-down side mirrors in reverse
  • Auto-dimming side-view mirror
  • Two-position driver memory
  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Real Black Olive Ash Burl wood
  • LED driver and front-­passenger lower front footwell lamps
  • LED-­illuminated front and rear map pockets
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wood-and-leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Nappa perforated leather seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Remote ignition

300C: $41,695

  • All 300 Limited features, plus
  • 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Performance brakes
  • Sport mode
  • “300C” badging
  • Platinum door handles
  • Black grille with Platinum surround
  • Adaptive bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Platinum mirrors
  • 20-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Luxury front and rear floor mats
  • Real natural-­pore Mocha wood
  • Luxury steering wheel
  • Nappa leather luxury perforated and quilted seats

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Impala?

The 2019 Chevy Impala is great for buyers looking for something simpler. Its cabin is well-laid-out but lacks any of the overstyling that’s made its way into the segment in recent years. It is also great for those who do a lot of weekend trips and need the extra luggage space.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chrysler 300?

Buyers who prefer more power and straight-line speed will appreciate what the 300 and its 5.7-liter V-8 engine offer. Also, its higher luxury ceiling makes is perfect for buyers who have a more premium taste and deeper pockets.

Ready to tackle your daily commute to Wheaton, Carol Stream or Lombard in a slick full-size sedan that offers simplicity and style? Stop by Sunrise Chevrolet today to test drive the 2019 Chevy Impala today and see what it can offer you. If you can’t make it to our new-car showroom today, you can also check out our online inventory to see what 2019 Impala models we have in stock for you today.

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