We purchased the Impala in 2005. The five star rating played a big factor in our purchasing decision. We totaled the vehicle two weeks ago. Definitely not a 5 star in the front passenger seat. A person hit a cow on a state hwy and killed it and we came up pretty quick behind them at 65mph and had to run over the dead cow because we couldn't evade either direction. We went airborne with both air bags deploying. The first impact going over the cow wasn't bad but the airbags deployed and were not still deployed when we came down and hit the pavement and then bounced twice after hitting the ground. Driver received minor injuries. Passenger received head, neck, shoulder and back injuries.
Drives great and we never had a problem with it. Kept the oil changed and most of our driving was on the Hwy with very little city driving.
Front passenger seat safety. When you first hit the gas or try to pass someone it fish tales every time you almost think you are going to lose control but it hangs in there and is okay after know it is going to do that.
I don't think they do cow crash test ratings.
It sounds like you came out in one piece from a potentially fatal accident, I'd say it did its job very well.
All front wheel drive cars pull when you accelerate quickly, especially if you are driving over uneven surfaces or turning.
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