This is my 3rd Impala. So, yes I'm slightly biased. After owning 2 Acura's and 3 Honda's (yes I drive many miles each year) the Chevy's have all been as good or better during long-term ownership. This is my 2nd Impala of this generation (2000-2013). The 1st was a 2007 LT with the 3.9L V6 engine and leather. Only options omitted on that model were the 18" wheels, sunroof and Nav. It has 160K miles on it and has only had regular maintenance performed on it. Still gets 27MPG on the highway with a load. Handed it down to my daughter when I bought my latest model - 2014 Impala LTZ Limited. It also has leather but includes sunroof and the 18" wheels. It has the 3.6L V6 under the hood. The 3.9L only had 230 HP while this latest model has 300 HP. Yes, for a 4 door sedan it's really quick. But it still gets 26 - 28 MPG on the highway depending on the load and travel conditions. Not bad. It's very comfortable on long hauls, has a trunk you could hide a baby elephant in and looks pretty sharp. Considering I was able to purchase it for almost $1 a mile used (16,905 miles and price of $17,606) it was a STEAL. The newer Impalas look great, but with many of these "fleet" cars still available with low miles and low prices, save some money and grab one while you can. Might not be the fanciest or prettiest or fastest, but it won't leave you stranded and will be a solid value for quite some time. And the Bose stereo is pretty darn good as well. Nice place to spend a few hours on the road. Bonus - low insurance costs. Change the oil as recommended, keep good tires and brakes on it and it'll last you.
Update 3 months later - car is running great!
Only have 19k miles on it but for the money you can't beat it. Very basic trim inside but has I have had other luxury vehicles ie lincoln Mark VIII, Buick Riviera I found after years of ownership these interior gadgets and trim break. This car is built has a fleet model so it is sturdy and reliable and not complicated. I believe in the future it will be a lot more affordable when it comes time for usual repairs especially compared to higher costing cars where just their name brand demands extra premium pricing on parts and labor. I get the large car ride, large car storage, even the rear seat opens to trunk, Geez I could camp in it in a emergency! I do get 30mpg at 75mph. I'm sure after 50k that will go even higher!
I recently purchased my 2014 Impala LT Limited, and I tell you what, it is more forgivable then the 2007 Saturn Aura XR that I traded in. With children, a big sedan is a must. First and foremost, the ride is a ton more forgivable. As the bumps and cracks in the road come and go, the suspension absorbs them with ease. The fuel economy is much more realistic compared to the Saturn. The V6 in this car has the grunt when needed, but also returns an enjoyable silence when cruising on the highways. I can thank Chevy for making the LT suspension soft, but the FE2 package is not really rewarding when needing to either make emergency turns or when sweeping in the back roads. A cheap and easy modification from what I have read is taking the FE3 suspension from the LTZ, still a compliant ride, but also gives you that much wanted feeling of stability on the turns.
I had been away from GM for years, in my younger years it was always Camaros, Z24 Cavalier, Beretta GT's two of them, I have always had a love for Chevrolets but nothing in the new GM line up is exciting or affordable being middle class with kids, and I don't want to look like a Hawaiian shirt wearing grandpa in a sports car, so I did some research and rediscovered Chevrolet again, my wife sent me a pic of a 2014 Impala at a local dealer for 12.9k with 26k miles, I checked the car fax and saw that it was a rental and said "hell no", my wife talked me into just checking it out and test driving it, glad I did, it smelled great, looked great and drove like a dream, I was back in love with Chevrolet again, I love the early nineties look of it, like a big Beretta, what's weird is the gas mileage around town is awful, like 77 Oldsmobile four barrel carb V-8 awful, but we took a trip from VA to NY and it recalculated the range during the trip and with a full tank and the range jumped to 500 miles on a full tank, we drove all the way to NY on one tank, so far, I look forward to driving it everyday and so glad I got it. Oh and that 3.6 V-6 can really move that car, coming off an on ramp on to the interstate is no issue, living in Hampton Roads Virginia people can be very rude and not allow you to merge onto the highway, I have been trapped riding the shoulder until a space opens, and I learned to drive in the Philly / NJ area!! the V-6 helps allot. The only complaint I do have is the AC system stinks, its hot and humid in VA and the smell can be quite bad and musty when first turning the AC on (I don't smoke), this is a common issue with these cars.