Last post on Apr 29, 2009 at 7:29 AM
You are in the Chevrolet Impala
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Chevrolet Impala, Ford Fusion, Sedan
#7 of 13 Re: Impala vs Fusion [jnt]
Mar 20, 2006 (1:11 pm)
How does it ride compared to the Impala -better, same, worse, etc.? I know it has a smooth ride. CU says the Impala (they tested the 3LT with 17" tires) was "unsettled" whatever that means. This would mean to me that the car jiggles all the time. Mine doesn't.
#8 of 13 Re: Impala vs Fusion [gregg_vw]
Mar 20, 2006 (1:18 pm)
You are probably right. The Fusion costs less than the Impala and has an interior that looks like a Malibu's which is primarily why I got the Impala. Size wise, the Impala equates more to the Avalon. The LaCrosse and Impala are very similar - the dash looks about the same and they are on the same platform. I didn't like the LaCrosse because of the 6 way seats (I can never get the back of the seat straight up with a manual control and over time it ends up in a 10% reclining position) and primarily because it has the old 1998 Buick shape -looks just like a Century from the front. Down at the Buick lot last year you could hardly tell the LaCrosse from the rest of the sedans.
#9 of 13 Re: Impala vs Fusion [dispencer1]
Mar 20, 2006 (7:44 pm)
My experience with the Fusion was on smooth LA roads. So the car is very comfortable on the ride department, IMO.
CR sometimes speak from both sides of their mouth: They traditionally hate the soft, cushing Buick ride (except if it is a Toyota's sloppiness, then it is another story : "comfortable but predictable at limits" ) and like the German's VW Passat rougher ride (but better handling). But now in the Impala case, they prefer more compliant and soft ride? May be on that day, CR the tester just had a bad back.
#10 of 13 Re: Impala vs Fusion [gregg_vw]
Mar 21, 2006 (3:13 am)
The "awful" Cirrus and Stratus are due to be replaced within the year. Daimler/Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge was the ONLY American car company to make a profit in North America last year, they are on a roll, you can be sure that the Stratus/Cirrus twins will be a contender again.
#11 of 13 Re: Impala vs Fusion [steelydan0613]
Mar 21, 2006 (6:29 am)
I don't much like the 300 but many do including all the car writers. The Neon replacement will probably blow away anything that GM offers from what I've heard and read. The PT Cruiser is another example of a car that attracted the public. Chrysler seems to have a knack for producing cars that are out of the mainstream and impressing the people who write about them. I've always heard (and read on various Chrysler forums) that reliability was a major problem. I wouldn't buy a Chrysler product (the last good ones were made around 1966 IMO) but they seem to be able to anticipate what people want to drive.
#12 of 13 Re: Impala vs Fusion [dispencer1]
Mar 21, 2006 (6:05 pm)
Chrysler has always been the front runner when it comes to creating vehicles that people want to buy. RAM truck, 300C, PT Cruiser, Jeep Grand Cherokee to name a few. They leads in styling department even though they borrowed from others most of the times.
It amazed me to see quite a few Chrysler 300C in LA 's high rent neighborhoods. These are places where every family seems to own a Bimmer or a Merc.
GM still has a way to go yet in the stlying department. They has done a wonderful job on interior design. Now if they could make the Impala exterior just as exciting as the 300C, then GM fortune will turn around. Stop copying the Japanese or even European stylings. Nothing wrong with American design (just look at the 300).
#13 of 13 Re: Impala vs Fusion [gregg_vw]
Apr 29, 2009 (7:29 am)
I second that. Those are accurate for these full size cars which Fusion isn't...