2018 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Full-Size Car
Best Full-Size Car: 2018 Chevrolet Impala
For seven years in a row the Chevrolet Impala has dominated our 5-Year Cost to Own award among full-size cars, and for good reason. Prices start low, at about the $29,000 range, yet even a fully loaded Chevy Impala barely breaches the $40,000 mark. That's a lot of car, and not a lot of money to get into it.
The Impala's 2014 makeover replaced its bland styling with sleek and sophisticated sheetmetal and interior trim, making it a perfect premium family sedan. It's so good in fact that it has once again earned our full-size car Best Buy award, a spot it has held since we started handing them out.
So what makes it so good? Well, there's the long-term costs, which handily beat out its competition. But the Impala offers up more than just good numbers. It's comfortable and quiet, with a smooth ride that invites you to fill its roomy interior with friends, or kids young and old, along with all their stuff thanks to the massive trunk. The Impala's suspension prioritizes comfortable cruising over at-the-limit handling, but it's firm enough to avoid the kind of wallowing that characterized its forebears from the '60s and '70s.
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala also comes loaded with modern tech like a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and wireless phone charging. Available active safety systems include forward collision alert, active cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning. Add in the excellent fuel economy from both the 197-horsepower 4-cylinder and 305-horsepower V6, and the Impala offers a lot of car for only a small impact on your wallet.
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2nd Place Finisher: 2018 Toyota Avalon
The Toyota Avalon can add low cost of ownership to its long list of strengths that includes high-tech features, a comfortable ride and refinement that rivals Toyota's Lexus luxury brand.
3rd Place Finisher: 2018 Dodge Charger
As the only rear-wheel-drive car in its class, the Dodge Charger includes a wide variety of engine choices, cutting-edge tech, and low ownership cost among its many strengths.
Other Category Winners
- Best Subcompact Car
- Best Compact Car
- Best Mid-Size Car
- Best Full-Size Car
- Best Sporty Compact Car
- Best Sports Car
- Best High Performance Car
- Best Entry-Level Luxury Car
- Best Luxury Car
- Best High-End Luxury Car
- Best Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car
- Best Electric Vehicle
- Best Subcompact SUV/Crossover
- Best Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Mid-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Full-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Compact SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Mid-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover
- Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck
- Best Full-Size Pickup Truck
- Best Minivan