2018 Chevrolet Impala

2018 Chevrolet Impala Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala is a large sedan with space and comfort to spare.
3.5 star edmunds overall rating
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by Will Kaufman
Edmunds Editor

As you'd expect from a large domestic sedan, the 2018 Chevrolet Impala has a smooth ride quality, a spacious interior with plenty of room for rear-seat passengers, and a trunk that's one of the largest available in any sedan. It's also quiet at highway speeds and has plenty of power when equipped with the optional V6 engine.

This generation of Impala enters its fourth year of production in 2018, but consistent small updates to its equipment over the years mean it can be equipped with all the technology you expect from a modern car. With the addition of a rearview camera, keyless entry and start, and Chevy's quite good MyLink infotainment system (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) to the base LS trim, the Impala also has all the bases covered: from a cost-conscious cruiser that doesn't seem stripped down to a feature-packed, near-luxury competitor.

We do have our reservations. The base engine is lackluster, and thick roof pillars and a short rear window hamper outward visibility. Those aren't deal-breakers, but there are other choices if the Impala isn't to your liking. The Toyota Avalon is surprisingly good to drive, and has the option of a hybrid powertrain. There's also the value-packed Hyundai Azera and the Chrysler 300, which can be had with a big V8. Still, the 2108 Chevy Impala offers a lot of comfort and space, and that's ultimately the most important aspect in this class of car.



what's new

The Impala receives only minor changes to standard equipment and option packages. Notably, a rearview camera and keyless entry and start are now standard on all models. The base LS trim receives a MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

we recommend

Now that the LS has keyless entry and start and Chevy's MyLink infotainment system, it makes for an appealing and affordable choice. However, the LT gets quite a few small interior improvements and access to option packages. In particular — due to the Impala's visibility issues — we recommend the Driver Confidence package and its active safety features. We also prefer the optional V6 since it's better suited to the Impala's size and big-car purpose.




trim levels & features

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala is a four-door, five-passenger sedan that's available in three trim levels. Thanks to equipment upgrades this year, the base LS trim is more than just bare-bones transportation. Moving up to LT trim gets you upgraded interior materials and access to a number of option packages. The range-topping Premier trim offers an extensive and upscale list of standard features.

Two engines are available for the Impala. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder (197 hp, 191 lb-ft of torque) is standard on the LS and LT trim levels, while a 3.6-liter six-cylinder (305 hp, 264 lb-ft of torque) is standard for the Premier and optional for the LS and LT. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission and are only available with front-wheel drive.

Thanks to changes made this year, the LS trim starts with a good selection of standard features. You get 18-inch steel wheels, sound-insulating laminated windows, automatic headlights, cruise control, power-adjustable mirrors, air-conditioning, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and 60/40-split folding rear seats. New for 2018 are keyless entry and start, a rearview camera and Chevy's MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen interface, a six-speaker audio system, OnStar (includes 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and two USB ports.

Moving up to the LT adds 18-inch alloy wheels, remote engine start, heated mirrors, as well as dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power front-passenger lumbar adjustment, fore-aft adjustable front headrests, folding rear headrests, and a few other small interior trim upgrades.

The Impala LT also has access to a number of upgrade packages. The Driver Confidence package adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. A sunroof and rear spoiler can be added with the Sunroof and Spoiler package. The LT Entertainment Package adds navigation, an 11-speaker Bose stereo system, a CD player, ambient interior lighting and a 120-volt outlet.

There's also the LT Convenience package, which includes heated front seats and a heated steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Convenience package can be upgraded with the LT Leather Package, which adds leather upholstery and a full power-adjustable front passenger seat.

The top-trim Impala Premier gets 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, heated power seats and leather upholstery, a wireless charging pad, and some unique exterior accents. It also includes the contents of the LT's Driver Confidence, Entertainment, and Sunroof and Spoiler packages.

Packages for the Premier trim include the Premier Confidence Package, which adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and 20-inch wheels. The Premier Convenience package adds ventilated front seats, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, memory settings for the exterior mirrors and steering wheel, and ground illumination.

Both the LT and Premier trims also have access to the Midnight Edition Appearance package, which adds black-painted 19-inch wheels, replaces the chrome exterior trim with black-painted pieces, and includes special black interior trim pieces. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Midnight Edition Impalas are only available in black.



trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ (3.6L V6 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Impala has received some revisions, including an overhaul of the infotainment system, the addition of more standard features, and changes to option packages. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Impala, however.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall3.5 / 5.0

Driving

3.0 / 5.0

Acceleration3.5 / 5.0
Braking3.0 / 5.0
Steering3.0 / 5.0
Handling3.0 / 5.0
Drivability3.5 / 5.0

Comfort

3.5 / 5.0

Seat comfort4.0 / 5.0
Ride comfort4.5 / 5.0
Noise & vibration4.5 / 5.0

Driving

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The 305-hp V6 in the Impala makes more power than competitors, but instrumented acceleration is average. Its 3,881-pound weight (a few hundred pounds more than the Avalon) may be to blame. Still, the Impala's V6 is smooth, strong and plenty capable.

Acceleration

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Shifts are smooth and quick. The Impala gets up to highway speeds easily and passes with confidence. Still, our measured zero-to-60-mph time of 6.7 seconds is merely average for the class. The four-cylinder is noticeably slower.

Braking

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Pedal feel is slightly soft, but it's easy enough to modulate around town. A panic stop from 60 mph takes 120 feet, which is average for this class of vehicle.

Steering

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Steering effort and feedback are light but precise and trustworthy. Slightly sensitive around the center, so the driver has to stay alert to prevent lane-wandering.

Handling

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Obedient but not entertaining. Around turns, the Impala will prove capable and confident enough for the majority of drivers.

Drivability

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Well-mannered and confidence-inspiring during day-to-day driving, the Impala is a willing and accommodating commuting partner. Light steering and narrow footprint make parking easy.

Comfort

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The Impala provides a pleasantly calm cabin that emphasizes comfort over performance. There's ample interior space. After hours of driving, we emerged no worse for the wear. Skipping the optional 20-inch wheels may further improve the ride.

Seat comfort

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The front seats are adequately padded with eight-way power adjustments. Side bolstering is minimal, and the optional ventilation is weak. The adult-friendly rear seats are as generous as the Avalon's.

Ride comfort

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Tuned for comfort, the suspension smooths out rough surfaces, but the 20-inch wheels add some initial harshness. Good balance of comfort and composure. Less floaty than some competitors.

Noise & vibration

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Wind and road noise is barely detectable over a variety of surfaces and speeds. Creaks from within are also well silenced. This kind of isolation approaches luxury-sedan levels.

Interior

The Impala is competitive with other large sedans. The tasteful interior design is appealing, though there are still some disappointing plastics, particularly below the center stack.

Ease of use

The majority of primary and secondary controls are well placed and clearly labeled, but the touchscreen is a bit of a reach and angled away.

Getting in/getting out

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The elevated seat height makes getting in and out easy, as does the tall door opening. No stooping required here. The same holds true for the rear seats.

Roominess

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The Impala's spaciousness compares favorably with competitors, with plenty of headroom and legroom. The average-size adult will even be comfortable in the rear seat for all-day road trips.

Visibility

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Thick front roof pillars hamper visibility through turns, and the high rear trunklid requires reliance on the backup camera. The gauges and displays are placed well within sightlines.

Quality

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Most interior materials are competitive with rivals, but flimsy plastic panels on the center console cost some points. The MyLink system's menus are simple and intuitive.

Utility

The trunk is positively huge, and at 18.8 cubic feet, it is only outclassed by the Ford Taurus (20 cubic feet). Inside the cabin, bins are adequate and the behind-touchscreen storage is unique. Rear LATCH anchors are easy to find, and there's plenty of room, even for rear-facing car seats.

Technology

The current incarnation of Chevy's MyLink system is easy to use and offers lots of connectivity features. A full suite of driver aids are available, but only on the highest trim level, and even on the LT trim basic aids such as blind-spot monitoring are optional extras.

edmunds expert review process

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