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All-new for the 2014 model year, the Impala is now based on General Motors' international "Epsilon" architecture that offers big gains in the suspension and a stiff-yet-reasonably-light body structure. Its wheelbase is a little over an inch longer than the previous edition, and the Chevy design team has penned a very good-looking body – albeit less dramatic than Charger, Chrysler 300, or even Taurus.
With an all-new 2014 model waiting in the wings, the Chevy Impala sees only minor updates for 2013. A Crystal Red paint finish is added to the exterior color palette, and a new Luxury Edition Package featuring leather, power heated front seats and a Bose premium audio system is available for LT models.
For 2012, the Chevrolet Impala sedan sees a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission made standard on all trims. Other changes include dual exhaust outlets, new 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels on the LS trim, and a flip-and-fold rear seat plus a rear spoiler for the LT.
Changes for 2011 include an E85-compatible 3.5-liter V6, standard Bluetooth on 1LT trims and a six-month free OnStar Directions and Connections subscription. All Impala trims now feature color-keyed body side molding as part of their standard equipment.
The Impala underwent a complete image makeover in 2006, gaining it a cleaner, more sophisticated exterior and a badly needed interior upgrade. Slotted to compete with class front-runners Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Impala may not have the strong resale figures of its Japanese rivals, but it does have some redeeming qualities. The Impala features a huge back seat and trunk and something no other import offers: An optional V8 engine. Still, it's fair to say the Impala has its work cut out for it. With newer and better equipped models, such as the Ford Five-Hundred and Dodge Charger, ready to steal away domestic customers, dealers may be willing to cut prices to help keep the Impala moving.
By CHEVY LOVER (MD) on Friday, February 22, 2013
I want this caroverall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've been anticipating the release of this 14' Chevy for about a year now. Been doing research on it since the info first surfaced the Internet. I only hope that when this vehicle enters the market I have enough funds to purchase one. This is truly a dream car. Great job CHEVY!!!!"
24 people out of 28 found this review helpful
By GEO G.V. (IL) on Sunday, May 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "We plan TO SEE THE USA IN OUR CHEVROLET!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Had a 2011 Impala LTZ w/low, low mileage (1,800). When we saw this new 2014 Impala LTZ, it just had to be! We were the very first customers to buy the Impala LTZ LZ2 from our local Chevy Dealer. This car almost drives itself. Fully loaded. All the camera's we believe makes this a very safe car. Our Traverse has a rear camera, but this has all around for safety, well worth the money. So sharp. Chevy took this car & totally re-designed it with all the high end options like a Lexus or Caddy would have at half the price. We wanted black leather interior & the dealer found 2 at other dealers. It was tranported, detailed & made ready for us in one day! The Glenview Chevy dealer does a great job...5 starts to them. We are grateful & happy to be the first customers to purchase this 2014 Impala LTZ from you. You always make it such an easy & informed decision. Your staff from sales to mechanics & porters are the best! THANKS!"
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Streve (KY) on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 400overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "it's a car"
Cons: "overpriced, overhyped, big mistake"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I made the mistake of purchasing this hunk of junk not more than 3 weeks ago. Everything is built so cheap; this one must have been made in Venezuela. One of my speakers has already started to malfunction. It began to drive funny about 2 weeks ago and when I brought it back to the dealership, they determined nothing was wrong with it. It still feels iffy."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful