Used 2005 Chevrolet Impala

2005 Chevrolet Impala
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2005 Chevrolet Impala

Pros

  • Six-passenger seating availability, good crash test scores, torquey and efficient V6 engines.

Cons

  • Vague steering, soggy suspension on base and LS models, low-buck interior.

Used 2005 Chevrolet Impala for Sale

Chevrolet Impala 2005 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
121,001 miles
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Chevrolet Impala 2005 LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
202,210 miles
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Chevrolet Impala 2005 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
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Chevrolet Impala 2005 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A)
156,870 miles
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Luck Chevrolet
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Chevrolet Impala 2005 LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A)
104,179 miles
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Although suitably quick in 240-horse SS form, Chevrolet's full-size sedan still lags behind the competition when it comes to driving dynamics and overall refinement.

vehicle overview

The Impala was first introduced in 1958 as the top-of-the-line trim level of the Bel Air full-size coupe and convertible. A year later the Impala became a stand-alone model and its popularity skyrocketed with over 450,000 sold that year. For the '61 model year, the Impala ushered in an all-new design, and the 409 V8 and Super Sport package turned the Impala into GM's first true muscle car. Throughout the '60s, the Impala dominated the sales charts, culminating in 1965 when over one million were sold. The popularity of the smaller, midsize muscle cars slowly ate away at sales of the Impala, but it continued to sell in big numbers, registering as the best-selling car in America in 1973. The oil embargo of 1973 put a quick end to that for a while until a new, smaller and much lighter design debuted in 1977 that resurrected Impala sales to a respectable number once again. The Impala nameplate languished in the early '80s, eventually getting dropped in 1986 in favor of the Caprice designation. A revival of sorts occurred in 1994 when the Impala SS name was used again, this time for a high-performance version of the Caprice sedan. Sporting a monochrome paint scheme, an LT-1 V8 and bucket seats, the '94-'96 Impala SS recaptured the spirit of the original SS models and continues to be highly sought after today. The demise of the Caprice after the '96 model year meant no more Impalas once again until four years later when the all-new 2000 model arrived. With front-wheel drive and V6 power, the current Impala isn't exactly a tribute to the past, but it does continue the tradition of large, affordable Chevrolet family sedans. The move to smaller, more efficient V6 power plants gives family sedan buyers enough power when they need it while still providing respectable mileage -- never one of the Impala's strong points in previous generations. The addition of an SS model powered by a 240-horse supercharged V6 may not impress those who remember Impalas of yesteryear, but at least Chevy is trying. The fact that the base Impala can seat six in a pinch places it in the thinly populated category of large sedans, with the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Toyota Avalon as the only real competition. While the Impala offers a much lower price, at least in base and LS form, it lags behind the Ford and the Toyota when it comes to performance and overall refinement. And when compared to more mainstream family sedans like the Accord, Altima and Camry, the Impala gets outclassed again. GM's own Pontiac Grand Prix would be a better buy for those who want American-style performance but don't necessarily need a huge backseat. As you can probably tell, the current Impala is not one of our favorite cars, but even so, it's one of GM's top-selling nameplates.

Trim levels & features

Available as a sedan only, the Impala comes in three trim levels -- base, LS and SS. Base models include 16-inch wheels; a front bench seat; dual-zone air conditioning; power locks, mirrors and windows; a tilt steering wheel and keyless entry. Moving up to the LS model adds ABS, alloy wheels, a floor console, cloth bucket seats with six-way power adjustment for the driver, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a tire inflation monitor. The SS comes with monochromatic exterior paint and adds a lowered suspension, 17-inch wheels and leather upholstery. Optional equipment includes leather seating for the LS, a trip computer, an upgraded audio system with a CD player, satellite radio and a sunroof.

2005 Highlights

OnStar is now standard on all models, and a new Sport Appearance Package is optional on the base Impala. Other than that, changes are limited to minor trim updates.

Performance & mpg

Base-model Impalas are powered by a 3.4-liter V6 engine that produces 180 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque. Stepping up to LS trim gets you a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 200 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque. Both models employ a responsive four-speed automatic transmission that sends the power through the front wheels. The SS has a supercharged version of the 3.8-liter V6 making an impressive 240 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. To handle the extra power, the SS uses a heavy-duty version of GM's four-speed automatic.

Safety

Occupant safety is a big selling point for the Impala. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Impala earned five stars (out of five) for both the driver and front passenger in frontal impact testing, and four out of five stars in side-impact testing. In frontal offset crash testing, the Impala earned a "Good" rating, the highest possible. Antilock brakes and traction control are standard on the LS and SS, and optional on the base model. A side airbag for the driver only is optional on all Impalas.

Driving

Despite its modest weight, the Impala still suffers in the handling department, at least in base and LS form. The way it floats and wallows through turns, you'd think you were in one of the enormous land yachts of the '60s. Vague steering and flat seats certainly don't add much to the driving experience. The V6 engines get it going at a reasonable rate, but refinement is not a strong point. The SS is the best choice for those who like to drive, as its supercharged engine offers brisk acceleration, while a reworked suspension and 17-inch wheels improve handling.

Interior

As one of the few six-passenger sedans on the market, the Impala does have an edge on the competition when it comes to interior space. That's about the only edge, however, as the rest of the interior is a mix of cheap plastics and bland design that pales in comparison to the more modern offerings from Toyota and Chrysler. Even the sporty SS provides no real styling upgrades, except for a new set of gauges and a few "SS" logos.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Chevrolet Impala.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

2005 Chevy Impala SS
Rome,09/24/2010
I just purchased my 2005 Chevy Impala SS. I've only had it a short time and really love it. I'm an enthusiast and this car meets most of my high standards. It has plenty of room for my 2 kids, huge truck, and it's a great car for a 45 year old dad. I bought it with 31,000 miles and have to say this Impala is of few that are truly worthy of the legendary SS badge dating back 50 years. if you find one of these with low miles, grab it, they are now hard to find and will be future collections. Bravo GM you did this one right.
Excellent car!!!
crazymonk2012,02/05/2012
All I can say is the car is fantastic. Okay those of you that read this review. If you ever buy an earlier Impala. Buy one with a 3.8 okay. They have the fewest of problems. My big plus with the vehicle is the reliability! I mean problems I have seen on this forum are probably really picky people. Although if you look at it. My 2005 Impala has always been reliable. Never broken down before ever!! I love this car and recommend that if you buy this car. Buy one with a 3.8. If you buy a newer Impala do not buy the 3.9 engine. Get the one with the 3.6 liter. Hope this helps you all.
I love this car
triciakraft,05/22/2013
I have a 2005 base model Impala with 210k miles on it. Ive only had 3problems with it. A fuel pressure regulator ($50), Catalytic Converter ($250) and my cruise control hasn't worked in approx 3 weeks. I own 2 other vehicles a expedition and a 2011 convertible Camaro SS with all the bells and whistles imaginable. This may sound a bit nuts, but I prefer the Impala, the ride is so much more comfortable not to mention 29mpg. I drive it everyday it hasn't given me any problems (its well maintained) and i expect to last at least another 130k. If you had problems with this vehicle, you probably didn't care for it as well as you could have.
Great Car!
Richard G,04/04/2016
The run down for my 2005 Chevrolet Impala base 3400: The car was purchased in January 2008 with 65,000 miles on it. I paid $5,400 TTL and is now at 150,000 miles on the same engine, transmission, cat converter, ect. I have done the shocks, brake pads, and basic maintenance such as new AC Delco spark plugs, wires, radiator hoses, oil changes, transmission service (pan drop and filter change), coolant change, replaced the water pump, and I did a head gasket (my fault, I let the car get hot when I was in college). This car is a very comfortable, reliable and all around grate value vehicle. It is my daily driver and I intend to keep it a while longer. It still drives great and I take in on my 'road trips' where I go see my family 250 miles away traveling on I-35 going 80ish mph here in Texas (speed of traffic). The ride is great, the seats are comfortable, the car is easy to work on, the car is comprised of 'old' technology making it cheap and a large comunity out there which has already encountered most of the problems you will find - see impala forums or other sites which use you engine - in my case the 60*V6 3400 3.4. I will say the interior plastic feels cheap. The center console does squeak a bit if you use it to get yourself into the car. I have since cracked (small) the dash panel (which is also the radio bezel - it's all one piece) from taking it out so many times and not being careful - I changed the instrument cluster, and added a nice aftermarket radio as well as installing my old radio to program key fobs. Which leads me to another point: You can buy aftermarket (cheap) key fobs and program them to your vehicle via the stock radio. I did this to program key fobs to my other w-body (04 Grand Prix GT) which was nice and saves me money. Also keys can be programed to the car very easily - I just buy cheap ebay keys with chevy logos and go to home depot and have them cut - yes they can cut them even though there is a chip inside. The fuel take has access via the trunk if you ever need to replace the fuel pump (I have not) so that's a plus - where I am going is that they did engineer this car the be worked on rather easily. Cost and my 2c: Ok so here's the run down: Car $5400 TTL Ins for 8 Years $500/year = $4000 Repairs to the car $3000 Tires in this time frame: $1000 I'm sure I'm missing a few small things here or there but look at the bigger picture: Total over the 8 years $13,400 so 13400/8 = $1,675/year (but again this includes everything) Now I got rear ended and they hit the frame so it totaled the car but I bought it back and I got $3,600 for it back (this is was in summer of 2014) So total for me*** is $9,800 for the 8 years. You could this of this as you as well (as if you sold it - they valued it at 4600 and -1000 buy back) So 9800/8 = $1,225/year :) great 'investment' I still have the car and it's running strong. If you don't like the interior, swap in stuff from a 2000-2005 monte carlo. I plan on adding a few things from one soon - I already took an instrument cluster from a monte carlo which had RPM. MPG: I get what EPA says I should. 2016 Easter weekend, I got 32.xxxxx driving on the crumby I-35 traveling around 70-80mph (all highway and miles from trip divided by fuel into tank - I also always fill up and the same fuel station and fuel pump) Seats: Cloth. Don't knock it! They still look great save for the drivers which doesn't 'look' bad but when your not sitting in it, you can see part of the lower cushion's cloth doesn't lay flat against the cushion.
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Features & Specs

MPG
19 city / 29 hwy
Seats 6
4-speed automatic
Gas
180 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
200 hp @ 5200 rpm
MPG
17 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Poor
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2005 Chevrolet Impala Overview

The Used 2005 Chevrolet Impala is offered in the following submodels: Impala Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (3.4L 6cyl 4A), LS 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl 4A), and SS Supercharged 4dr Sedan (3.8L 6cyl S/C 4A).

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