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2010 Chevrolet Impala

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2010 Chevrolet Impala Review

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After a complete image makeover in 2006, the Impala gained a cleaner, more sophisticated exterior and a significant interior upgrade. Four years later, the 2010 Chevrolet Impala, slotted to compete with class front-runners Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, has little change. Although the Impala may not have the strong resale figures of its Japanese rivals, it does have a number of redeeming qualities. The Impala features a large back seat and trunk, and a loyal following. Still, it's fair to say the Impala has its work cut out for it, especially with the loss of the sporty SS trim. With newer and better equipped vehicles, such as the Ford Taurus and Dodge Charger, ready to steal away domestic customers, dealers may be willing to deal to help keep the Impala moving.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in search of a big, roomy sedan that won't break the bank, the 2010 Chevrolet Impala will thoroughly meet your needs and probably exceed your expectations. The wide range of available OnStar packages gives the Impala a leg up over similarly priced competitors.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking to move 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. Also, the Impala's aging design may be a turn off for buyers seeking cutting edge engineering and technology.

What's New for 2010

Changes for 2010 are minimal, held to a few new color choices and the addition of fog lamps to the 1LT trim.

Driving the Impala

Driving Impressions We sampled both of the 2010 Impala's available engine choices and came away satisfied by each of them on different levels. The 3.9-liter V6 proved plenty powerful but most will...

find the base 3.5-liter V6 is perfectly sufficient. Out on the highway the Impala's ride is smooth and stable, with none of the pitching and dipping typical of older big American sedans. The top-level Impala LTZ offers a more solid feel and better handling, thanks to its FE3 "Luxury Tuning" suspension and 18-inch wheel and tire package. With supportive seats front and rear, the Impala remains comfortable after several hours and hundreds of miles. Engine and road noise have been minimized considerably, which may explain why wind noise seemed so noticeable.

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.

2010 Chevrolet Impala Details
2010 Chevrolet Impala photo Interior

The 2010 Chevrolet Impala's passenger cabin features clean lines on the instrument panel and upholstery that combine with attractive knobs and buttons to create a pleasingly neutral environment. Clever features, such as the auxiliary audio input jack, go a long way toward satisfying the kids on long trips. A check of the available equipment list reveals a choice of bucket seats or a split-bench arrangement for the front passengers, with the latter increasing seating capacity to space for six adults. In conjunction with a massive trunk, the Impala offers a flip-and-fold-flat rear seat that not only increases cargo capacity but also features a small storage tub beneath.

Exterior
2010 Chevrolet Impala photo

Two well-defined grille openings flanked by a pair of rearward-swept headlamps help give the aging Chevrolet Impala a sleek, contemporary appearance. At the rear, triangular jewel-like tail lamps are a bit generic and bear no resemblance to the traditional round lamps that were the hallmark of the Impala for decades. The trunk lid opens straight up to allow for easy loading and the low lift-over height aids when loading heavy or large items.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2010 Chevrolet 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, XM Satellite Radio, remote keyless entry, front airbags, side curtain airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control speed control, power driver's seat, cloth interior, tilt steering wheel, remote trunk release, 16-inch covered steel wheels, tire-pressure monitor and OnStar.

Optional Equipment

Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 3.9-liter V6, leather seating, power sunroof, dual-zone air conditioning, eight-way heated power driver's and heated power passenger's seats, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, single- or six-disc CD player with MP3 compatibility, Bose premium sound, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, universal home remote, Bluetooth, 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 in diameter.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Chevrolet Impala's offers a choice between two V6 engines: A 3.5-liter and 3.9-liter V6. Both engines are capable of running on E85 (a gas/ethanol mixture) and offer respectable power and fuel economy. However, there is a noticeable decrease in fuel economy when using the gasoline and ethanol mixture.

3.5-liter V6
207 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
215 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22 (E85), 18/29 (gasoline)

3.9-liter V6
230 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
238 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 (E85) 17/27 (gasoline)

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2010 Chevrolet Impala Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 832 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

I just bought it and Love it so far

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,851

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort"

Cons: "none yet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I have no information on my car as of yet. The owner's manual is very vague. I am unsure of the options on the car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Had a lot of surprises, all of them good.

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,662

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "This has been a comfortable plesant car to drive."

Cons: "Front brake rotors developed "Hard spots" at 80k"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"With almost 100k miles the only repairs are tires and front brake rotors at 80k and a battery this year. Mileage is much better than expected at 33+ on freeway and 28.8 on the total miles on car to date. It is comfortable and you feel secure while driving."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

A reasonably priced comfortable ride.

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reasonable price, powerful engine, roomy interior."

Cons: "Interior is noisey, soft suspension."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I purchased my 2013 Impala LT at a good price, pre-owned with 20,000 miles and with 20 months left on the manufacturers 3 year warranty.The interior is roomy. The front seats are more than enough for me (6'1" 300 lbs) and my wife (average size). The rear seat may be a squeeze for 3 adults but OK for smaller adults and children. The ride is smooth and soft. The suspension is good for straight highway and slower city driving. The interior is not real quiet; you can hear road and wind noise. I really like the V6 (300 hp) engine and 6 speed auto transmission. This car has a lot of power and I still get 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. This car does not have all of the latest technology that is available, but, I don't need or want it all. Because the newer Impalas were re-designed with a 4 cylinder engine, I will keep this car for many years."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Three years of driving it, still happy with it

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great value, solid car, dependable, comfy"

Cons: "poor rear window visibility, only 2 cup holders,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Overall a very good car. Got my 2011 Impala in 2012, it was a dealer "demo" with 35k miles. I was wary, as it had been a rental car, but the price was great and, after more than a dozen years of driving minivans I was ready for something that looked less like a soccer mom's vehicle.I've been very happy with it although there are many things I truly miss about the minivan! But this isn't a minivan review so back to the Impala. Other than replacing one set of brakes, we've done nothing but basic maintenance, e.g. regular oil changes. No money spent on repairs which makes me very happy. It isn't real sporty looking in my opinion, doesn't stand out in the crowd especially with the dark blue color mine is, but for me that's just fine. It's very comfy inside once you get in! Decent radio, good heat and air, the car drives and handles well to me. If you like to weave in and out of heavy traffic at high speeds this isn't your best choice, but for normal driving conditions this is a fine car. Cons: poor visibility out the rear windshield. The middle headrest in the back seat really blocks your view. Wish it was removable! This is the car's biggest flaw to me. And for some reason, no matter a person's height, size, age, level of fitness, (and believe me, every possible configuration has ridden in my car) everyone has struggles to get out. Not sure why. I think there's not enough clearance for your knees to just swing in and out of your seat. You sort of have to angle yourself and wedge yourself in and out. My 6'6" sons and my 4'11" very petite mom, and everyone in between, struggles to get in and out. And the fact there's only 2 cup holders in the car is a real bummer. But like I said, overall a good solid car. I've driven it nearly 50,000 miles in the three years I've had it, and its still almost like New."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Car!

By on Thursday, April 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliable, handles amazing in the adverse condition"

Cons: "can't think of any. I have always loved it!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2004 Impala (SE) - Just the basic, no fancy bells and whistles. Bought this car in 2008 with 50,000 miles. I was hesitant to buy it because it had super high miles. We now have over 175,000 on it. We are horrible about regular maintenance and ALWAYS HAVE BEEN! Change oil light comes on and we might change it right away and we might drive it for another 3K miles. With 175K miles (other than tires and oil changes) we have only replaced one tie rod. Summer of 2014 we started having occasional problems with the dash gauges (speedometer & temperature) sticking in random places. The security light comes on now and then and occasionally have to wait 10 minutes before the car will start. But all-in-all, with 175K miles, she does just fine as my husbands work car beater! Actually we are looking to purchase another one (slightly newer) for me to drive back and forth to work to save miles on our "family" car."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Really nice car. Very happy.

By on Sunday, April 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"We've owned it 18 months and nothing has went bad on it. Change the oil, put new tires and wiper blades on it. More complaints against the dealer that sold it to us. Happy to know Americans are competing."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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