By KBB.com Editors
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.
If you're in search of a big, roomy sedan that won't break the bank, the newly refined Impala will thoroughly meet your needs and probably exceed your expectations. Also, the SS model makes a good quasi-muscle car for those who require the all-weather advantages of front-wheel drive.
If you're looking to move up in size from something like an Accord or Camry, you may find it difficult to give up the world-class refinement of the Toyota and Honda brands. If that's the case, check out Toyota's Avalon. Also, the lack of a tap-up/down shift option on the Impala SS detracts a bit from the performance image.
The 3.9-liter V6 receives GM's Active Fuel Management technology for improved fuel economy. XM Satellite Radio becomes standard on SS trim levels and all Impalas receive a tire-pressure monitoring system.
Driving Impressions We sampled all three of the Impala's available engine choices and came away satisfied by each of them on different levels. The V8 was the most entertaining of the three,...the 3.9-liter V6 proved plenty powerful and the base 3.5-liter V6 never left us feeling like a road hazard.
Auxiliary Audio Input
We didn't expect to find an MP3 input jack in the Impala, especially as standard equipment, but we're glad we did.
Fold-Flat Split Rear Seat
Flip up the seat bottoms, fold down the seat backs, and the Impala's already massive trunk becomes a virtual cargo bed more than six feet long.
The Impala's passenger cabin received a complete makeover in 2006 and carries on unchanged for 2007. Clean lines on the instrument panel and upholstery combine with attractive knobs and buttons to create an environment in which the auxiliary audio input for MP3 players doesn't seem too new-fangled for the car. A check of the available equipment list reveals a choice of bucket seats or a split-bench arrangement (giving space for six occupants) for the front passengers. In conjunction with a massive trunk, the Impala offers a fold-flat rear seat that increases cargo capacity considerably.Exterior
Two well-defined grille openings flanked by a pair of rearward-swept headlamps help give the new Impala a sleeker, more contemporary appearance. At the rear, triangular jewel-like tail lamps replace the previous generation's dark plastic-panel that veiled four circular lamp outlines. The SS model features a small, trunk-mounted spoiler and 18-inch five-spoke machined aluminum wheels.
A base Impala LS comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6, four-speed automatic transmission, power windows/locks/mirrors, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, remote keyless entry, front airbags, side curtain airbags, speed control, power driver's seat, cloth interior, tilt steering wheel, remote trunk release, 16-inch covered steel wheels, tire-pressure monitor and OnStar.
Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 3.9-liter V6 or 5.3-liter V8 engine, anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with traction control (standard on 2LT and up), leather seating, power sunroof, dual-zone air conditioning, heated front seats, power passenger seat, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, single- or six-disc CD player with MP3 compatibility, XM satellite radio, Bose premium sound, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, universal home remote, auto-dimming inside and outside rear view mirrors, heated outside mirrors, metallic-look trim, remote vehicle start, engine block heater, fog lamps, rear spoiler and aluminum wheels up to 18 inches.
The 2007 Impala's three engines include two V6s and a V8. The 3.9-liter V6 is equipped with GM's Active Fuel Management, which cuts fuel to three of the six cylinders when cruising. The 5.3-liter V8, exclusive to the SS model, also features Active Fuel Management technology that seamlessly disables four cylinders in certain situations for improved fuel economy. The V8 provided the most excitement, but we found even the base V6 more than adequateespecially considering its highway mileage rating of 31 mpg and its compatibility with E85 ethanol-based fuel.
211 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
214 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 (E85), 21/31 (Gasoline)
233 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29
303 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
323 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27
By Dee on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Beautful color"
Cons: "Loud road noise and the defrosters"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"The road noise inside the car with everything turned off and all the windows rolled up is terrible. If I drive a long way and I don't have the radio on I sometimes wear earplugs because it's so loud. Even when I'm at a stop, the road noise from other cars is loud as well. The dealership said there is nothing they can do. Also the wipers ice up really bad, even though new blades were put on, they're the type that's not supposed to ice up and the defrosters were going full blast most of the time. Again the dealership said the defrosters were working fine."
By Hauskapoika on Saturday, August 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Loaded full sized car at a bargain price"
Cons: "Loud exhaust, rear seat knee room, spoiler"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Value: Full-sized car at a great price Reliability: Only problem is the recall for ignition Quality is very good - no problems Driving dynamics: Very good handling & control - ride is a little stiff. Exhaust system a little louder than I like. Design: Spoiler takes away from overall design. Door handle sometimes pinches finger. Bright chrome near shifter sometimes reflects sun into my eyes - I put a felt covering over it. Comfort & Convenience: This car has EVERYTHING and that is very convenient. Back seat could use more knee room, Fold down rear seats are great and allows me to haul things almost like a station wagon. Car is loaded and also has a moon roof. Overall: I am very satisfied with this car."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful
By Scothews on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"How on earth does the kbb review claim this engine is not up to snuff to the Honda or Toyota??? It has 300 hp with plenty of torque and I still avg 28.5 mpg over the last 80,000 miles! There is a lot of bias on these sites and in the car magazines toward Honda and Toyota for some reason. Hands getting greased? All I know is this vehicle has been great. Rides nice, quiet, feels substantial and of course the get up and go is awesome. The only thing I would change would be to beef up the suspension for tighter handling but who drives passenger cars on obstacle courses? If you are driving that hard, you are going to kill someone anyway so SLOW DOWN!!! That means you NY, NJ, MI, OH, TN"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By dislike car on Thursday, August 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Pretty car"
Cons: "Everything listed"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I have a 2007 LT. It is the worst car I have ever owned. It will dollar you to death. Between tire pressure sensors, window and lock buttons, junk door hinges, and the a/c door actuators. Not to mention the recall on the ignition switch. That GM doesn't have the parts to fix. Seats are uncomfortable. No leg room for tall people or children. There is always something messing up on the car. Ruined my image of Chevrolet. Will not buy another Chevy product. If you buy on I say good luck to you. Oh yea resale is terrible."
2 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By powerguy on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,800overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "lot of car for the price"
Cons: "exterior poor designed compared with its competito"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Pros: Powerfull engine, confy ride some air sound though, more than enough leg & head space, good sound system, plenty of trunk space. in my experience very relaible. Cons: exterior design is not a hook, poor performance on close turns."
4 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Bill on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good handling and good power."
Cons: "Not enough storage space for maps etc."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Have owned car for 1 year and have put 18,000 mile on it. Other than changing oil and filter have had to nothing else to the car. Handles nice, has good power for the Pa. hills,had a 4 cylinder Honda before this. Car was great but a 4 cylinder for all the hills just doesn't cut it for me. Am completely satisfied with the Impala so far."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful