Chevrolet Impala Vs. Dodge Charger

By Justin Cupler | September 20th, 2019

The full-size sedan has been replaced, to some extent, by the booming crossover segment, but they still offer all the room a larger family needs without a high-riding platform. Two long-running options in this class are the 2019 Chevy Impala and the 2020 Dodge Charger, but they cater to vastly different types of buyers.  

Which of these sedans are better for your larger family in the Saginaw, Bay City, and Freeland areas? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The Chevy Impala went through its last redesign in 2014, bringing in a sharp and classy look that made this large sedan sportier and classier. It achieved this through sharp lines and creases on its hood and down the sides while retaining a relatively simple headlight and grille setup. This design gives buyers an inoffensive look that may lack the enthusiasm some buyers crave but strikes a balance that maximizes its popularity among growing families and busy businesspeople.

 

The Dodge Charger is a relative fossil, as its last redesign came way back in 2011. Though it is long in the tooth, its traditional three-box design remains insanely popular. The Charger also takes the full-size sedan a different direction with its more muscular lines and angles. Opt for one of the true performance versions – the R/T, Scat Pack, or SRT Hellcat – and this muscular look jumps to a new level with functional hood scoops, spoilers, widebody kits, and more.

 

The base Chevy Impala LS is well-equipped for its sub-$29,000 price tag with standard 18-inch steel wheels, an acoustic windshield, and automatic-on/off headlights, but it lags behind the base Charger SXT. The entry-level Charger matches the Impala’s features and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED accent lights, and more.

 

The 2019 Impala is longer and taller than the Charger, but the more performance-tuned Dodge is wider by up to 5.3 inches and boasts an 8.3-inch-longer wheelbase.

 

Measurement Chevrolet Impala Dodge Charger Difference
Length 201.3 inches 198.4 to 201 inches +0.3 to +2.9 inches
Width 73 inches 75 to 78.3 inches -5.3 to -2 inches
Height 58.9 inches 58.5 to 57.8 inches +0.4 to +0.9 inches
Wheelbase 111.7 inches 120 inches -8.3 inches
Ground Clearance 4.5 to 5.2 inches
Curb weight 3,702 to 3,811 pounds 3.964 to 4,586 pounds -775 to -262 pounds

 

Advantage: 2020 Dodge Charger

  •       Muscular good looks
  •       Mean-looking Widebody option
  •       More premium standard exterior goodies

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Impala

  •       More modern appearance
  •       More premium look in higher trims
  •       Lighter

Interior

Inside, the Chevy Impala’s inoffensive ways continue with a traditional-looking cabin that features just enough stylish design bits to make things interesting. There are a few unique additions that give the Impala a special feel, including its thicker crossbar on the steering wheel that harks back to two-post steering wheels of the ‘60s and ’70s and its trick 8-inch touchscreen that lifts to reveal a small, PIN-protected storage cubby.  

 

The 2020 Dodge Charger has a more straightforward cabin that pays homage to its muscle-car roots. Though it looks simpler with its heavy use of black and straight lines, the Charger is far from simple in terms of tech with a full array of standard and optional features to meet every buyer’s needs, including a monstrous 8.4-inch optional touchscreen. The Charger also brings in a sportier side with its available flat-bottom steering wheel, Ultra-Suede seat inserts, sport seats, and Performance Pages apps.

 

The Chevy Impala delivers more headroom than the Charger, plus its front seats are tall-person friendly with up to 45.8 inches of legroom. In all other interior measurements, though, the Charger steals the show. The Impala comes back to beat the Impala with its massive 18.8 cubic feet of cargo room in its trunk.

 

Standard features are plentiful inside the 2019 Impala, and they include the Chevrolet Infotainment System with an 8-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, three USB ports, SiriusXM, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a 4.2-inch driver-information center, and more.

 

The 2020 Charger is no slouch in this department either with its standard leather-wrapped shifter knob and steering wheel, six-speaker audio system, two remote USB charging ports, Uconnect voice command, SiriusXM, Uconnect 4 infotainment system, 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two front USB ports.

 

Measurement Chevy Impala Dodge Charger Difference
Front headroom 39.9 inches 38.6 inches +1.3 inches
Front legroom 45.8 inches 41.8 inches +4 inches
Front shoulder room 57.9 inches 59.5 inches -1.6 inches
Front hip room 54.9 inches 56.2 inches -1.3 inches
Rear headroom 37.4 inches 36.6 inches +0.8 inches
Rear legroom 39.8 inches 40.1 inches -0.3 inches
Rear shoulder room 56.9 inches 57.9 inches -1 inch
Rear hip room 54.1 inches 56.1 inches -2 inches
Cargo room 18.8 cubic feet 16.5 cubic feet +2.3 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2020 Dodge Charger

  •       Simple, classic interiordesign
  •       Larger optional touchscreen
  •       Sportier interior options

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Impala

  •       More premium interior options
  •       Larger standard touchscreen
  •       Super-roomy front seats
  •       Massive trunk

Performance

The 2019 Chevy Impala starts with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers an ample 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. This power flows through a six-speed automatic transmission on its way to the front wheels. While this powertrain won’t blow any doors off, it is commuter-friendly at 22 mpg city, 29 highway, and 25 combined.

 

The 2020 Dodge Charger focuses a bit more on performance with its standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 292 horsepower in its base SXT trim and 300 horsepower in the GT trim.This power routes through an eight-speed automatic transmission on its way to the rear wheels for a 6.4-second 0-to-60 sprint in the 300-horsepower model. Buyers can also opt for all-wheel drive with the V-6 engine.

 

If V-6 power is your thing, the 2019 Impala offers an optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine that beats the Charger with 306 ponies. This engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission that ships power to the front wheels for a 6.3-second 0-to-60 time.

 

Shoppers seeking legit performance will be better suited with the Charger, as it offers a trio of potent V-8 engine options. The Charger R/T uses a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with 370 horsepower that zips it to 60 mph in just under six seconds. The Scat Pack model uses a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V-8 and launch control to rocket to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.

 

Buyers who crave serious performance can get this in the SRT Hellcat model, which boasts a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that cranks out 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque for a 3.6-second 0-to-60 sprint.

 

Chevy Impala Dodge Charger Difference
Standard engine 2.5-liter 4-cyl 3.6-liter V-6
Horsepower 197 hp at 6,300 rpm 292 to 300 hp at 6,350 rpm -95 to -103 hp
Torque 191 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm 260 to 264 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm -69 to -73 lb-ft
Transmission 6-spd automatic 8-spd automatic
Driveline FWD RWD (std)/AWD (opt)
0-60 time 6.4 seconds (w/ 300 hp)
MPG City 22 mpg 18 to 19 mpg +3 to +4 mpg
MPG Highway 29 mpg 27 to 30 mpg -1 to +2 mpg
MPG Combined 25 mpg 21 to 23 mpg +2 to +4 mpg
Optional engine 3.6-liter V-6 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 (R/T)
Horsepower 305 hp at 6,800 rpm 370 hp at 5,250 rpm -65 hp
Torque 264 lb-ft at 5,200 rpm 395 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm -131 lb-ft
Transmission 6-spd automatic 8-spd automatic
Driveline FWD RWD
0-60 time 6.3 seconds 5.9 seconds (est.) +0.4 seconds
MPG City 19 mpg 16 mpg +3 mpg
MPG Highway 28 mpg 25 mpg +3 mpg
MPG Combined 22 mpg 19 mpg +3 mpg
Optional engine 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 (Scat Pack)
Horsepower 485 hp at 6,100 rpm
Torque 475 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm
Transmission 8-spd automatic
Driveline RWD
0-60 time 4.2 seconds
MPG City 15 mpg
MPG Highway 24 mpg
MPG Combined 18 mpg
Optional engine 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 (Hellcat)
Horsepower 707 hp at 6,000 rpm
Torque 650 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm
Transmission 8-spd automatic
Driveline RWD
0-60 time 3.6 seconds
MPG City 13 mpg
MPG Highway 22 mpg
MPG Combined 16 mpg

 

Advantage: 2020 Dodge Charger

  •       Faster at nearly every level
  •       Available all-wheel drive
  •       Insane speed and power in Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat models

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Impala

  •       Tuned for the daily commute
  •       Thrifty standard four-cylinder
  •       V-6 is surprisingly peppy
  •       Soft, compliant ride

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Impala has three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. Starting prices range from $28,895 to $37,595.

The 2020 Dodge Charger has SXT, SXT AWD, GT, R/T, Scat Pack, and SRT Hellcat. Prices are not available for the 2020 Charger yet, but the 2019 model ranges from $29,470 to $67,495.

2019 Chevy Impala Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LS: $28,895

  •       2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  •       Six-speed automatic transmission
  •       Front-wheel drive
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       Automatic engine stop/start
  •       Electric power steering
  •       18-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  •       17-inch compact spare tire
  •       Halogen headlights with automatic on/off
  •       Daytime running lights
  •       Acoustic-laminated windshield
  •       Black-colored power outside mirrors
  •       Intermittent front wipers
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Chevrolet Infotainment System
  •       8-inch color touchscreen
  •       Bluetooth streaming audio
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       Six-speaker, 100-watt audio system
  •       Hidden storage behind 8-inch touchscreen
  •       Three USB ports
  •       SiriusXM
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       4G LTE Wi-Fi
  •       Cloth-and-leatherette seating
  •       Eight-way manual driver’s seat
  •       Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seat
  •       Carpeted floor mats
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       4.2-inch color driver-information system
  •       Power windows with driver’s side express-up and -down
  •       Express-down on all other windows
  •       Compass
  •       Keyless open and ignition
  •       Cruise control
  •       Single-zone manual climate control
  •       Theft-deterrent system
  •       Brake assist
  •       OnStar
  •       Chevrolet Connected Access capable
  •       Rearview camera

LT: $31,395

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

Premier: $37,595

  •       All LT features, plus
  •       3.6-liter V-6 engine
  •       Dual-outlet exhaust with bright tips
  •       HID headlights
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels
  •       Chrome door handles with body-color strips
  •       Chrome exterior mirror caps
  •       Chrome lower body molding
  •       Perforated leather seating
  •       Navigation
  •       11-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround audio system
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Universal home remote
  •       Rear park assist
  •       Forward-collision alert
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert
  •       Lane-departure warning
  •       Blind-zone monitoring
  •       Lane-change alert

2020 Dodge Charger Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SXT: $ TBD

  •       3.6-liter V-6 engine
  •       Eight-speed automatic transmission
  •       Rear-wheel drive
  •       Electric power steering
  •       Touring suspension
  •       Cruise control
  •       Stainless steel dual exhaust with integrated bright tips
  •       Remote ignition
  •       Keyless unlock
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Acoustic windshield and side glass
  •       Gloss-black grille and crosshairs
  •       Automatic-on and-off halogen headlights
  •       LED accent lights
  •       LED daytime running lights
  •       Body-color power mirrors
  •       Compact spare tire
  •       17-inch Fine Silver-painted alloy wheels
  •       Power windows with one-touch up/down in front
  •       Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  •       Dual-zone manual climate control
  •       Power door locks
  •       Front and rear floor mats
  •       Dark interior dub plate
  •       Black cloth seats
  •       Eight-way power passenger’s seat with four-way power lumbar
  •       Six-way power driver’s seat
  •       60/40 split-folding rear seats
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Outside temperature gauge
  •       Six-speaker audio system
  •       Dual remote USB charging ports
  •       Uconnect voice command
  •       SiriusXM
  •       Uconnect 4 infotainment system
  •       7-inch touchscreen
  •       Apple CarPlay
  •       Android Auto
  •       Two front USB ports
  •       Enhanced Active Response System
  •       Rear parking sensors
  •       Rearview camera
  •       Rain Brake Support
  •       Ready Alert Braking
  •       Brake assist

SXT AWD: $ TBD

  •       All SXT features, plus
  •       All-wheel drive with front-axle disconnect
  •       Performance braking system
  •       Sport mode
  •       Gloss-black front fascia applique
  •       LED fog lights
  •       Heated mirrors
  •       Body-color rear spoiler
  •       19-inch Satin Carbon alloy wheels
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Dodge Performance Pages
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat with four-way lumbar
  •       Paddle shifters
  •       Performance steering wheel
  •       Six Alpine speakers
  •       Uconnect 4C infotainment system
  •       8.4-inch touchscreen
  •       CD/DVD/MP3 player

GT: $ TBD

  •       All SXT features, plus
  •       Performance brake package
  •       Three-mode stability control
  •       Dual exhaust with bright tips
  •       Performance steering wheel
  •       Performance grille
  •       Projector LED fog lights
  •       Performance hood with a functional hood scoop
  •       Heated mirrors
  •       Body-color performance spoiler
  •       20-inch Satin Carbon wheels
  •       Bright pedals
  •       Dual-zone automatic climate control
  •       Dodge Performance Pages
  •       LED front and rear map pockets
  •       Black cloth performance seats
  •       Eight-way power driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar
  •       Paddle shifters
  •       Performance steering wheel
  •       Universal garage door opener
  •       Alpine speaker system
  •       Uconnect 4C infotainment system
  •       8.4-inch touchscreen
  •       SiriusXM

R/T: $ TBD

  •       All GT features, plus
  •       5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine
  •       Active performance dual exhaust with black tips
  •       Spare tire delete

Scat Pack: $ TBD

  •       All R/T features, plus
  •       6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine
  •       Anti-spin rear differential
  •       Brembo four-piston brakes
  •       High-performance suspension
  •       Severe-duty cooling system
  •       Launch assist
  •       Launch control
  •       Line lock
  •       Scat Pack performance grille
  •       Matte-black performance rear spoiler
  •       20-by-9-inch forged low-gloss-black wheels (20-by-11-inch Devil wheels with Widebody package)
  •       SRT Performance Pages
  •       SRT configurable drive modes
  •       Front overhead LED lighting
  •       Two-position memory for driver’s seat, radio presets, and mirrors
  •       Cloth performance seats with Scat Pack Bee logo
  •       Heated front seats
  •       Heated steering wheel
  •       Security alarm

SRT Hellcat: $ TBD

  •       All ScatPack features, plus
  •       6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine
  •       Red-painted, six-piston front Brembo brakes
  •       Race cooldown cooling system
  •       Intercooler
  •       Competition suspension
  •       Adaptive SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode dampers
  •       Torque reserve
  •       20-by-11-inch Carbon Black wheels
  •       Bi-function HID projector headlights
  •       LED accent lights
  •       Performance hood with functional scoop and heat extractors
  •       Mirror-integrated courtesy lights
  •       Auto-dimming side-view mirrors
  •       Widebody rear spoiler
  •       Hellcat premium floor mats
  •       Dark Engine Turn aluminum interior trim
  •       Front lower LED lights
  •       Laguna leather seats with Hellcat logo
  •       Ventilated seating
  •       Heated rear seats
  •       Premium-leather-wrapped shifter
  •       Premium-leather-wrapped flat-bottom SRT steering wheel

Who Should Buy the 2020 Dodge Charger

Buyers who want to haul the family and tail at the same time will find that perfect combination in the 2020 Dodge Charger. They will, however, sacrifice interior roominess, trunk space, and ride quality in the process.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Impala

The Chevy Impala offers superior roominess, a massive trunk, and fuel-friendly powertrain options. This meets the needs of the average family looking to maximize space and value, plus its compliant ride makes it a great option for businesspeople hauling around associates.

 

Think the 2019 Impala is the right car for your family? We couldn’t agree more! Stop by the Garber Chevrolet Saginaw showroom serving the Bay City and Freeland areas to test drive it and see for yourself. Can’t make it to out Saginaw area showroom today? Navigate to our online inventory page, choose a few in-stock Impala models that fit your needs, and schedule a future test drive.