If you’re in the market for a new full-size car and hoping to buy American, then you’re in luck. The 2020 Chevrolet Impala is a great option with a lot to offer at a reasonable price. U.S. News & World report liked its features and value so much that it named the Chevy Impala its 2020 ‘Best Large Car for the Money.’
U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Cars for the Money’ awards
U.S. News & World Report explains that the ‘Best Cars for the Money’ awards are meant to help buyers find “the balance between a good car and a cheap car.” Awards are given in 11 automotive classes to vehicles that offer “the best combination of quality and value.”
To compare quality, U.S. News & World Report used the vehicles’ overall scores from the U.S. News ‘Best Car’ rankings. That score was determined by synthesizing all available, credible reviews along with safety and reliability information.
The value scores for the vehicles came from a combination of price and ownership costs, including repairs, gas, and insurance. The price data were from TrueCar while the five-year total ownership costs came from Vincentric.
2020 ‘Best Cars for the Money’ award winners
For 2020, the 11 winners came from five auto manufacturers. Only one of those is an American manufacturer. Kia walked away with four awards. For the past four years, the Kia Soul has won ‘Best Subcompact SUV for the Money’ and the Kia Sorento has won ‘Best 3-Row SUV.’ In addition, the Kia Forte won ‘Best Compact Car for the Money,’ and the Kia Sedona won ‘Best Minivan for the Money,’ its second time.
Toyota received three awards. The Toyota Corolla Hybrid won ‘Best Hybrid or Electric Car for the Money.’ The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid won ‘Best Hybrid or Electric SUV for the Money.’ And, the Toyota Camry won ‘Best Midsize Car for the Money,’ its third time in a row and seventh time overall.
Honda won two awards. The Honda CR-V won the ‘Best Compact SUV for the Money’ award, its fourth time in a row and seventh total. The Honda Fit won ‘Best Subcompact Car for the Money,’ its sixth time in a row and eighth all-time win.
Hyundai won for the Santa Fe, which won ‘Best 2-Row SUV for the Money.’ That’s the fourth time the Santa Fe has earned that distinction. And, the 2020 Chevrolet Impala won the ‘Best Large Car for the Money,’ its fifth time winning the award.
Why the 2020 Chevy Impala won
The 2020 Chevrolet Impala was the only car made by an American company to win U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Cars for the Money’ award, taking the ‘Best Large Car’ category. The other finalists for the award were the Toyota Avalon and the Chrysler 300.
The Impala has an overall score of 8.1, putting it third on the list of Best Large Cars for 2020 behind the 2020 Kia Cadenza and the 2020 Toyota Avalon. That also places it in the middle of the list of six large cars. U.S. News & World Report describes its roomy cabin and trunk plus its good ride and “capable engine.” However, the Impala also has lower safety scores than competitors, poor fuel efficiency, and lower-quality interior materials.
The Impala combines its good ratings with good value. The 2020 Impala’s starting price of $31,620 is slightly above average for its class, but fully loaded, it is the only one that is less than $40,000.
Chevrolet has stopped producing the Impala, which may help further reduce prices. In addition, the 2019 Chevy Impala LS won Vincentric’s Best Fleet Value in America for large sedans, its fourth win for the award. Vincentric attributed the win to the car’s fixed costs and low depreciation. The Dodge Charger GT won for 2020. The 2020 Impala was also a finalist for U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 ‘Best Large Car for Families.’
If you’re looking for a large, American sedan, the 2020 Chevrolet Impala is one to consider. Its comfortable ride and spacious interior come at a good value.