Compare Chevrolet Impala vs. Ford Taurus vs. Buick LaCrosse

Compare the Chevrolet Impala against the Ford Taurus and Buick LaCrosse. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Impala, Taurus and LaCrosse stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Impala, Taurus and LaCrosse. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2013 Chevrolet Impala 2011 Ford Taurus 2011 Buick LaCrosse
2013 Chevrolet Impala 2011 Ford Taurus 2011 Buick LaCrosse
4dr Sdn LS Retail
  • 4dr Sdn LS Retail
  • 4dr Sdn LT Retail
  • 4dr Sdn LTZ
4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL AWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited FWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited AWD
4dr Sdn CX
  • 4dr Sdn CX
  • 4dr Sdn CXL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn CXL AWD
  • 4dr Sdn CXS


MSRP $25,860 $25,420 $27,130
Invoice $24,826 $23,573 $26,045
Avg. Paid $12,830 $12,044 $12,935

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 9.1 9.0
Critics' Rating 6.2 9.3 8.7
Performance 6.5 8.3 8.4
Interior 6.6 9.5 9.0
Cost to Own 9.1 9.1 9.1
Safety 8.6 9.3 9.7
Reliability 3.0 4.5 4.5

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Optional six-passenger seating capacity
  • Large trunk
  • Attractive cabin
  • Ford’s available Sync infotainment system
  • Smooth and balanced ride
  • Luxurious interior rivals a Lexus
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Lackluster handling
  • Dull interior styling
  • Low-rent cabin materials
  • Few available features compared with rivals
  • Lack of steering feel
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Small trunk

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.6L/217 Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas L4 2.4L/147
MPG 18 City / 30 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy 19 City / 30 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 110.50 112.9 111.7
Length, Overall (in) 200.40 202.9 196.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.90 85.7 73.1
Height, Overall (in) 58.70 60.7 59.2
Step Up Height - Front (in)
Step Up Height - Side (in)

Doors & Windows

Third Passenger Door
Power Third Passenger Door
Fourth Passenger Door
Power Fourth Passenger Door
Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass
Sliding Rear Window
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Bed Liner
Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
Stepside Pickup Box
Convertible Hardtop
Convertible Soft Top
Dual Moonroof
Sun/Moon Roof
Panoramic Roof
Fixed Sunroof
Manual Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof
Sunroof Sunshield
Sunroof Wind Deflector
Targa Roof
Running Boards
Power Retractable Running Boards
Rear Spoiler Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3555 4015 3829

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain
Tires - Front Highway
Tires - Front On/Off Road
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Front Touring
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain
Tires - Rear Highway
Tires - Rear On/Off Road
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Tires - Rear Touring
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Optional
Chrome Wheels
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers
Wire Wheel Covers


Trailer Hitch Receiver
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Heads-Up Display
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights
Interior Cargo Shade
Keyless Start
Luggage Rack
Rear Parking Aid
Power Liftgate
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror
Mirror Memory
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors
Power Passenger Mirror
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
All Wheel Steering
Manual Steering
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 104.5 102.2 101.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.40 39.0 38.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.30 41.9 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.70 57.9 57.4
Front Hip Room (in) 56.40 56.3 55.2
Second Head Room (in) 37.80 37.8 37.3
Second Leg Room (in) 37.60 38.1 40.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.60 56.9 56.0
Second Hip Room (in) 57.20 55.8 53.9
Third Leg Room (in)
Fourth Leg Room (in)
Fifth Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 18.6 20.1 13.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls
Satellite Radio Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Optional
Entertainment System
Hard Disk Drive

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
Dual Zone A/C Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Hookup


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats
Premium Synthetic Seats
Vinyl Seats
Additional Rear Seat
Cooled Driver Seat
Cooled Passenger Seat
Cooled Rear Seat
Heated Driver Seat
Heated Passenger Seat
Heated Rear Seat
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Optional
Passenger Lumbar
Seat Memory
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat
Split Bench Seat Optional
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Air Bag
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
Night Vision
Adjustable Pedals
Rollover Protection System
Front Tow Hooks
Rear Tow Hooks
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard
Blind Spot Monitor
Auto-Leveling Headlights
Lane Departure Warning


Engine & Performance

Locking Front Differential
Locking Rear Differential
Four Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive
Dual Rear Wheels
10 Cylinder Engine
12 Cylinder Engine
3 Cylinder Engine
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
5 Cylinder Engine
Flat 6 Cylinder Engine
Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Optional
8 Cylinder Engine
Electric Motor
High Output
Rotary engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas L4
Displacement 3.6L/217 3.5L/213 2.4L/147
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 300 @ 6500 263 @ 6250 182 @ 6700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 262 @ 5300 249 @ 4500 172 @ 4900
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/manual shift
Turning diameter 38.00 41.0 38.8


Gasoline/Natural Gas Bi-Fuel
Gasoline/Propane Bi-Fuel
Diesel Fuel
Electric Fuel System
Flex Fuel/Electric Hybrid
Flexible Fuel Capability Optional
Hybrid Fuel
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
Natural Gas Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Flex Fuel
Plug-In Electric/Gas
Propane Fuel
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 28 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.5 19.0 18.4


Active Suspension System
Air Suspension
Side Stance / Highrider Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent MacPherson strut
Suspension Type - Rear Tri-Link Independent 4-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Touring MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Touring Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Suspension Type - Rear


Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
1-Speed Automatic
3-Speed Automatic
4-Speed Automatic
5-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic
8-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Trans
Manual Transmission w/Auto Mode
10-Speed Manual
4-Speed Manual
5-Speed Manual
6-Speed Manual
7-Speed Manual
8-Speed Manual
9-Speed Manual
Transmission Overdrive Switch

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.