2015 Dodge Charger vs. 2015 Chevrolet Impala
The Dodge Charger and the Chevrolet Impala share much in common. They both had their heyday decades ago, but experienced a long hiatus before they made their return. The Impala was reintroduced in the 1990s, but the Charger has only been back on the scene for the past nine years.
Both are gorgeous and powerful vehicles, but when comparing the newest models — the 2015 Dodge Charger and the 2015 Chevrolet Impala — it is clear that the Dodge Charger is the better choice for those who want improved handling and top-tier style at a more affordable price.
The base 2015 Chevrolet Impala comes with a 2.5-liter Inline4 engine that puts out 196 horsepower and 186 pounds per feet of torque. Meanwhile, the base model 2015 Dodge Charger comes with an engine that is only available in the top trim level for the Impala: a 3.6-liter V6.
The engine gets 300 horsepower in the Charger and 305 horsepower in the Impala.
That’s only the introductory engine for the Charger. You can upgrade all the way to the 6.2-liter HEMI V8 SRT Hellcat option, which has a whopping 707 horsepower (that is, if you are lucky enough to be one of the few who can order one).
The Charger comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the Impala comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. The TorqueFlite transmission on the Charger provides smoother performance and great fuel efficiency.
The 2015 Dodge Charger gets fuel efficiency of 31 mpg on the highway, while the 2015 Impala only gets 29 mpg. It’s not a huge difference, but it’s enough to put a dent in your pocketbook at the pump.
Several other features of the Charger contribute to its superior performance over the Impala. All-wheel drive is available on the Charger, as are paddle shifters and performance suspension. These options are not available on the Impala.
If you are looking for the most powerful sedan, there really is no comparison between the Impala and the Charger — especially if you opt for the Hellcat version, which blows away the performance stats of any other consumer vehicle on the market right now.
Beautiful Interiors Stocked with Convenience Features
Reviewers have praised the 2015 Chevrolet Impala for its interior, saying that it feels more like that of a luxury vehicle than a mainstream sedan. Leather upholstery is standard for the five-seat interior, but options are available for cloth, suede, vinyl or any combination of those materials for those who prefer them.
The front seats are heated and ventilated for year-round comfort, and the driver’s seat is adjustable eight ways to get just the right fit. The Impala comes with standard features like satellite radio (including a free three-month subscription), a WiFi hotspot (also by subscription), Bluetooth connectivity, and USB ports for charging or streaming personal devices like smart phones.
Optional features include an 8-inch touch screen for the MyLink infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and push button start, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, and remote start.
Finally, the 2015 Chevrolet Impala includes an impressive 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space and has a 60/40 split folding rear seat, allowing plenty of room for cargo.
The 2015 Dodge Charger boasts a beautiful interior, as well, with numerous combinations of high-quality fabrics in a variety of colors to allow you to customize the look. Heated seats are available for the front or back, and ventilated seats are available in the front. The driver’s seat adjusts 12 ways instead of eight.
The Uconnect infotainment system is displayed on a larger, 8.4-inch touch screen, and it is standard on most trim levels. The system includes voice controls for calls and texts, roadside assistance, navigation and a WiFi hotspot. Satellite radio is standard and comes with a free 12 months.
Push button and remote start are both standard.
A media hub includes UBS ports and auxiliary power outlets, and Bluetooth streaming is available. The advanced audio system includes Beats audio (optional on some trim levels), HD radio, and six speakers. Audio controls are also mounted on the steering wheel for convenience.
Safety features include stability and traction control, hill start assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and ready alert braking. Optional features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic detection, rear park assist, and more.
The rear features a 60/40 split folding seat back like the Impala, but the trunk has only 16.5 cubic feet of space. You’ll still have plenty of cargo space, but not as much as the Impala offers.
Fashion Forward Exterior Design
The 2015 Chevrolet Impala has received some nice exterior design upgrades, but it doesn’t turn heads the same way the 2015 Dodge Charger does.
The Impala has a meaty front end that features a split grille with a body-color bar and the bowtie logo right in the center. Narrow head lights are mounted over air intakes with chrome accents. The rear fascia is unimpressive without any unique lines or angles, except for the tail lights that squint inward toward the center.
The side panels feature interesting molding that adds some visual appeal, and the overall profile is more aerodynamic than muscular. It’s a handsome sedan.
On the other hand, the 2015 Dodge Charger cuts a strong profile with a muscular front and rear end and side profile. The unique split grille features a cross bar on top and an accent bar at the split, and the thin head lights are lined with narrow running lights.
Thick grooves are etched into the sides, creating a chiseled look for the body. The overall design takes many cues from earlier Charger models, and fans of classic automobiles are sure to love it.
Of course, the bottom line comes down to what features you want in a vehicle and what design appeals to your personal preference. You really can’t go wrong with either the 2015 Dodge Charger or the 2016 Chevrolet Impala. The Charger starts at $29,995, and the Impala starts at $30,285.