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For the second month in a row Motor Trend claims the 2014 Chevy Impala with be the first large or full size car equipped with a normally aspirated four cylinder engine. This is wrong on a number of levels. First, they are forgetting that the Buick Lacrosse on the same platform even, offered the 2.4 for 2010-2011. And yes, that is non-turbo, non-hybrid. Few takers, and it was discontinued when the Regal came around. If you want to go way back in the time machine, Chevy offered the old Iron Duke 4 banger in the Lumina, a similar sized, 6 passenger and yet not full size car about 20 years ago. If that doesn't count for you, the current Honda Accord qualifies as a large car by EPA standards, and it certainly offers four cylinder engines.

Don't they have anyone there anymore who does fact checking or editing before publishing mistakes?

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At 116 ft3 the Lacrosse is EPA size rated as a mid-size while the XTS (about the same inside as the Impala) is rated 122 ft3 or full size

but you are correct about the Honda Accord. It is EPA size rated at 121 ft3

The minimum to be considered full size is 120 ft3

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