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2016 Chevrolet Impala Limited LTZ Fleet 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A)
Because my work requires me to fly to locations all around the country, I have driven many different vehicles as rentals, including Impalas - the newer body style and this older one, re-branded as the "Impala Limited" in 2014. Both Impalas have been among the best of the bunch, but if you believe that form should follow function, as I do, then the Limited is the pick between the two. … Outward view from the driver's seat is much better from the Limited, and the tech content is adequate without resorting to a distracting "Tokyo-by-night" interior, so the Impala Limited was right at the top of my short list of replacement candidates when my old personal commuter left me standing by the roadside one last time in 2016. I bought a low-mileage 2016 Limited with the LTZ package from one of the rental car agencies in late 2016, and I love it. For a large sedan, this is a great driver's car. Although it isn't a car that begs to be flogged around the road course at the local track, its moves are linear and predictable. Those are two adjectives that also apply to its brakes. And power delivery from its 3.6L DOHC V6 mated to a 6-speed GM automatic is authoritative and smooth. The transmission reliably serves up the right gear for any situation, and the car is very responsive to pedal modulation, thanks to minimal nanny tech intervening between the driver's right foot and the road. The suspension of the LTZ is taut and predictable, yet compliant enough to provide a comfortable ride during the 40-mile round-trip commutes to/from my office when I'm at home. Although I would prefer more aggressive side bolstering on the seats, these have proved quite comfy during extended drives. The car's relatively low beltline and tall greenhouse make the view from the driver's seat outstanding compared to most contemporary cars. The dash is well laid out, with controls that are ergonomically arranged, and all buttons and knobs present a quality feel. The cabin is reasonably well-isolated from road and traffic noise, and my car has no squeaks or rattles. If having the latest in Star Wars automotive tech is a high priority for you, the Limited is not the car for you. There's no lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, backup camera, or parking sensor array. This is a car that requires you to actually drive it. If you'd rather text, check your email, or engage in some other non-driving-related activity, and you need to rely on your vehicle to save your bacon when you're not paying attention to driving, then maybe the newer Impala version is more your style. This car is also not for you if you're a big fan of the latest tortured, convoluted sheet metal styling. Its body will not have enough gratuitous creases and folds to suit you. (It's that form-follows-function thing again.) Finally, if all the interior surfaces of your vehicle must be soft and squishy, you will dislike this car. Many of its interior panels are hard thermoplastic (much like an aircraft). While this material is ideal for use in aircraft and automotive cabins, because it's quite durable, it will not garner any accolades from the sybarites among us. On the other hand, if your notion of a great car is one that admirably performs its mission in life, and having the latest tech or the latest "styling" isn't high on your list of priorities, then snap up an Impala Limited. Production at the Oshawa assembly plant ceased in May of 2016, so you'll be relegated to buying used. The up-side to this is you won't be taking that big initial depreciation hit, and a little judicious shopping can put you in a great low-mileage vehicle that will serve you faithfully for many years. The down-side is that you'll need to be careful to spot and avoid offerings that have been neglected and/or abused. 80K-MILE UPDATE: After owning this car over six years and recently reaching the 80K-mile mark, I remain convinced that it is among the best I've ever owned and a perfect commuter daily commuter. It's quiet, comfortable, powerful, smooth, and predictable, as well as gas-and-go reliable. I even consider its modest lineage and relatively inconspicuous styling to be advantages over more expensive and/or extroverted designs, because it doesn't provoke the resentment from other drivers that those vehicles sometimes do. This Impala Limited has required only 5 unscheduled repairs in the entire time I've owned it: two battery replacements and three new HVAC actuators, all of which I replaced myself. Other than those replacements, the car has needed only routine preventive maintenance, consisting primarily of fluid and filter changes, as well as periodic replacement of wear items, such as tires, brake pads, and struts. Since I have been able to perform all of the maintenance myself, the car hasn’t been to a repair shop since I bought it, making it cheap to keep. This Chevy continues to be a great car!
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