2016 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Full-Size Car

2016 Chevrolet Impala

Best Full-Size Car:
2016 Chevrolet Impala

With a Fair Purchase Price that starts well below its nearly $28,000 Manufacturer's Standard Retail Price, the Chevrolet Impala achieves an impressive feat. It's handsome, quiet, massively roomy, and it drives like a car that belongs in a higher class. We named the Impala the 2016 Best Buy Awards winner in the Full-Size Car segment, and it was included as one of our Best Family Cars for 2016 as well.

Our full review of the 2016 Impala summed up the car's broad appeal quite nicely, saying, "The Chevy Impala for 2016 may be considered a mainstream vehicle, but inside it feels more like a premium or even luxury sedan. Cabin materials are attractive and upscale. The large dash is notable for its flowing, well-executed design. Upper-trim models boast leather seats, soft trim and an 8-inch touch-screen command system in the center dash."

Three engine setups are available with the 2016 Chevy Impala, all sending power to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. The power player is a 305-horsepower V6. The "How 'Bout That" version is a bi-fuel Impala that can run on gasoline or natural gas (CNG) as a hedge against high gasoline prices. Finally, there's the 4-cylinder engine that helps keep the Impala's base price low and its fuel economy high.

And in case you have any hesitations about a non-turbocharged 4-cylinder engine trying to get a full-size sedan to hustle, never fear. Our review goes on, "The base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is unique in this segment, but it is surprisingly capable, with a respectable 196 horsepower to pull around the Impala's sizable body." It's also rated to achieve 31 mpg on the highway.

A big car's first job is to treat you well. The 2016 Chevy Impala does that in first-class fashion, and it'll also keep you on the best terms with your financial planner.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$45,448
as of December 31, 2015

2nd Place Finisher
2016 Dodge Charger

2016 Dodge Charger

If you're shopping for a big sedan and an attitude adjustment -- with strong resale value when the day comes to sell -- the Dodge Charger has you covered.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$48,317
as of December 31, 2015

3rd Place Finisher
2016 Toyota Avalon

2016 Toyota Avalon

Our 2016 Best Resale Value Award winner in full-size cars, the Toyota Avalon blends Toyota quality with near-luxury accommodations and excellent V6 fuel economy.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$49,117
as of December 31, 2015

Other Category Winners


See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2015 | 2014 | 2013
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