The 2018 Chevrolet Impala may wear a very storied name, but this restrained and comfortable sedan is very different from the coupe of 60 years ago. The Impala of today is a handsome sedan that boasts one of the biggest trunks of any sedan. It also offers exceptional interior room and near-luxury ride quality and noise isolation.
Of course, the other thing that's come a long way since 1958 is technology, and the 2018 Impala has plenty. For starters, the Impala's standard equipment has been upgraded this year to include a rearview camera and Chevy's friendly MyLink system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. It may not be a flamboyant sport coupe anymore, but the world also needs spacious sedans that can carry more than two adults in comfort.
The 2018 Impala's base LS trim also starts with sound-insulating laminated windows, automatic headlights, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and keyless entry with push-button start. It makes for an appealing bargain proposition with the new 8-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system, but it lacks access to option packages.
Move up to the LT, and Chevrolet will offer you all sorts of option packages beyond the standard interior trim upgrades and dual-zone climate control. Heated leather seats, a Bose audio system and a sunroof are all available. There's also a set of active safety features, including blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
At the top of the range is the Impala Premier, which comes with almost all of the LT's optional equipment. The Premier can be upgraded even further with luxuries such as ventilated front seats and conveniences including adaptive cruise control. Fully loaded, the Premier offers a truly upscale experience.
Two engines are on offer. The first is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (197 hp, 191 lb-ft of torque), which is standard on the LS and LT trim levels. A 3.6-liter six-cylinder (305 hp, 264 lb-ft of torque) is standard equipment for the Premier and optional for the LS and LT. In either case, Chevy equips the Impala with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
There's a lot to like about the Chevy Impala. Not every car can effortlessly eat up the miles all day long and carry five people and all their luggage to boot. Make sure to read our full review to find out more, and check out our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2018 Chevrolet Impala near you.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.