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 Giant Gene on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Affordable, roomy, comfortable to drive."
Cons: "Cabin is noisey"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"My 2013 Chevrolet Impala was one of the lower priced full size cars available when I bought. The exterior does not appear as large as some other full size cars but the interior is spacious with plenty of room for the driver and front passenger. The dashboard instrumentation is simple. The rear seat space seems average. The V6 engine and 6 speed automatic transmission delivers more than enough power and I average 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The car is comfortable to drive with a soft suspension and steering meant more for straight highway driving than cornering or sport driving. One negative is the cabin is noisy and could use more insulation from outside sounds."
10 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By Raz on Monday, January 19, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Dependable, comfortable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I leased a 2007 Impala LT and it was flawless for 3 years.My 2011 only needed a front crankshaft seal which the dealer replaced under warranty.The only problem is that they drop in value big time in the first year.After owning this one for 4 years which after owning more then 50 cars and trucks I would say it has been a good car.I will trade when I get a good offer. So far no good offer.If Pontiac was still around I would not have bought this."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Coco on Thursday, January 15, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Peppy, reliable, smooth vehicle"
Cons: "Needed updating, which GM did already"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"It's a wonderful car! Smooth to drive, quite quick too. Gets ~32 mph cruising down the highway and a respectable 25 in city driving. Plenty of room for four adults and a large dog! The trunk is huge and has a wide opening, so boxes and bins aren't even an issue. Nice suspension, which is a plus on Michigan's deplorably pot-hole riddled roads. Love it! If I wasn't under contract to buy a car every three years, I wouldn't hesitate to keep this car for many more years."
By CART on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Had much enjoyment out of this car '"
Cons: "paint bad"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Loved the car but with 41,000 original miles on it has several problems. Muffler went which is ok for 8 yr. old car but $2,000.00 to replace the muffler!! Many electrical problems; had to disconnect horn, door locks don't work and now tire pressure gauges gone and engine light on. Had car serviced regularly. Exterior paint job bad. Several recalls."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Eric on Friday, January 02, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Cheap to Buy, average reliability, good handling"
Cons: "Bad resale value, boring looks, cheap interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I have owned this car for 7 years no and put many miles on it. Have the LT 3.9 with leather. The car has withstood the harsh winters of Northern PA and NY, which is where most of my driving occurs. The Leather seats are a must and hold up much better than the fabric, plus heated seats are pretty nice. Handling is good and transmission is smooth, especially for an ancient 4-speed. The rear folding seats are great and I have actually used this car to sleep in on particularly rainy camping trips where I can lay flat from the trunk into the back seat. Gas mileage is only 19-21 city but have averaged a really good 28-31 highway. Issues with this car have been with its emissions sensors and tailpipes. I have replaced each of these items three times now. Brakes and rotors will also wear fast. Winter tires are a must and found that nitrogen in the tires are the best for it keeping tire pressure even in hot and cold weather. Its just like any other car. If you take care of it, it will last. Also have the 2013 Chevy Impala. All the same other than a much more powerful and refined V6 3.6."
11 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By Nicole on Monday, December 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "cost efficient, fun to drive, easy to fix"
Cons: "poor gas mileage, blind spots, not a winter driver"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"My husband and I bought this car about a year and a half ago from a buy here pay here used car lot. Like most used vehicles, you don't know the history of the car so it's a hit or miss. This car honestly hasn't given us many problems. Right now we have a vacuum leak we're trying to track down and we had to replace the car lot's battery which is pretty typical I suppose since they just rotate them. Other than the vacuum leak though the car has been pretty reliable and she's been good to us, as long as we've been good to her. Keeping up with maintenance is a big deal with the impala. It's like she has phantom symptoms when she needs something as simple as spark plugs. So if you're buying this car make sure all of the routine maintenance is good to go and kept up. When we bought this car it had 123k miles on it. It now has 155k on it and runs like a champ, for the most part. The main thing I don't like about the impala is the gas mileage. It gets just typical gas mileage. This car though is the perfect family car. Lots of interior space for car seats, lots of trunk space. Easy to work on under the hood. And when taken care of properly has a sporty side to her nature, sticks to the ground when you punch it and just flies. So she's got power where she needs it. All in all, with the Impala I would say that if you take care of this car, this car will take care of you. She's a firm believer in karma. And she has a few above-average blind spots but that's a usual result with a larger vehicle. I am from the northern states and I must say, winter driving isn't the best. However, we only had one slide off and I think that was due to us needing new tires. So if you know how to drive in snow and ice you should be alright. If the gas mileage wasn't so typical I'd buy a new one."
14 people out of 19 found this review helpful