When Chevrolet sent the first Impala off the assembly line in 1958, it was meant to be "a prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen." It would seem that the company was successful; five decades on, the Chevrolet Impala has gone on to become one of America's most well-known nameplates.
Since the new millennium, the modern Impala has served as Chevrolet's main full-size sedan. While "prestige car" isn't really an apt descriptor anymore, the Impala has offered a roomy interior (with available six-passenger seating) and strong and fuel-efficient engines. In our opinion, older, used Impalas from this time period aren't likely going to be the best choice for a large sedan, as they suffer from substandard interior quality and forgettable driving dynamics. But the newest Impala, thanks to its many improvements, is certainly worth considering.
Current Chevrolet Impala
The current Chevrolet Impala represents the nameplate's 10th generation, which was introduced in the 2014 model year. Mechanically, it's related to the latest Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS. The new Impala is more stylish, with bigger curves, bolder lines and a bit more length. Inside, there's a modern design, higher-quality materials and up-to-date electronics.
Available engines include a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 195 horsepower 187 pound-feet of torque. An optional 3.6-liter V6 is also available and makes 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. Also planned is a mild hybrid Impala "eAssist" powertrain that combines a 182-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a small 15-hp electric motor to provide the best fuel economy of the Impala lineup.
The full-size, five-passenger Impala sedan is offered in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. Standard feature highlights for the LS include 18-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, a power-adjustable driver seat, full power accessories, OnStar, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB/iPod connectivity and a color display. Rear parking sensors are optional.
The LT adds alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control and the MyLink infotainment interface with an 8-inch touchscreen display. Most options are bundled into packages and include such items as a sunroof, a rearview camera, heated seats, keyless ignition/entry and extra safety features. The LTZ gets the LT's optional items as standard, along with leather upholstery. Navigation and premium audio are optional on LT and LTZ trims. Twenty-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, ventilated front seats and auto-dimming mirrors are optional on the LTZ.
This latest Impala marks a huge improvement over the previous generation, with class-competitive features, build quality, performance and comfort. It distinguishes itself from other large sedans with sharp styling and a capacious trunk, but loses points for some flimsy interior plastics, a fussy MyLink interface and middling fuel economy figures. Overall, though, we find it to be worthy of your consideration if you're shopping for a large sedan.
Read the most recent 2014 Chevrolet Impala review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Chevrolet Impala page.