Chevrolet Impala Review & Ratings
- 18 May 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Chevrolet Impala is a full-size sedan that was first manufactured in 1958. At first this car was intended to be a car for the everyday American but with a dash of class and sophistication. Over the years the popularity of the Impala has steadily increased, becoming one of Chevrolet’s top sellers. This car has undergone a number of changes throughout the years, both in terms of its aesthetics as well as mechanical and interior design. The interior of the Impala is still very roomy and spacious with some models that can accommodate up to six people at once.
Another aspect of the Chevrolet Impala that has made it so incredibly popular over the years is its powerful and fuel-efficient engines. The current incarnation of the Impala has a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine that is capable of producing up to 195 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque, which is fairly impressive for a sedan such as this. This vehicle is also available with a 3.6 liter V6 which is capable of 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet torque. Both of the engines in the new Impala have a six-speed automatic transmission that sets the front wheels of the vehicle in motion. There is also the hybrid Eco model which features a 182 hp 2.5 liter four-cyclinder engine along with a 15 hp electric motor, providing some of the best fuel economy available today.
There are three different trim levels available with the Impala, including the LS, LT, and LTZ. Some of the standard features that come with this car include Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, USB/iPod connectivity, and a color display. The LT model comes with alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen display. A majority of the LT options are bundled together in packages which include features like keyless entry, a sunroof, and a variety of safety features. Some of the other features that are optional with the LTZ include 20-inch wheels, navigation, and adaptive cruise control.
Even though many things about the latest Chevrolet Impala do not stand out as being particularly unique or innovative, it does offer a few key things which many consumers will find attractive, including a very large trunk as well a sleek style. Some of the features that you will get with the Impala LS model include 16-inch wheels, a tilt steering wheel, single-CD audio system with MP3 jack, and keyless entry. The LT model offers upgraded allow wheels along with heated leather seats and a Bose stereo system.
Up until 2012, both the LS and the LT models of this vehicle had 3.5-liter V6 engines that were capable of producing 211 horsepower. At this time even the LTZ had a 3.9-liter V6 capable of 230 horsepower. In 2012 all Chevy Impalas came standard with four-speed automatic transmission. The SS model Impala had a 303 horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine, though it was definitely not a very fuel efficient choice for consumers.
There are many Impalas from decades past, many of which can still be seen on the road today, but there have been some major improvements on this car over the years. In the 1960s, the Chevy Impala was one of the most popular cars in the United States and that hasn’t changed very much. While there may be a plethora of other options available for those who are looking for a full-sized sedan, this vehicle still has a lot going for it, including a strong engine and aesthetic appeal, especially with the more recent models. Even though this car does have its flaws, it still remains one of America’s favorite sedans.