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2012 Chevrolet Impala

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2012 Chevrolet Impala Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.4

The 2012 Chevrolet Impala sedan is the last of a dying breed. The nearest thing Chevrolet has to a full-size sedan, the 2012 Impala retains the classic American full-size attributes of a big, roomy cabin, an equally big trunk, and a soft, comfortable ride. Of course, there is a host of newer sedans with more modern interiors, suspensions and powertrains including the Kia Optima, Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus just name a few. Yet, many of these cars also feature high-tech gadgetry and a firmer ride some buyers are just not interested in. With the 2012 Chevy Impala sedan, you get a powerful, safe and reliable sedan with simple and straightforward functions for the radio, heating and A/C. And, while the Impala's resale figures can't match those of the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, it does have a pretty solid reliability rating.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a roomy, reliable sedan with basic features and conservative good looks, the 2012 Chevy Impala sedan is worth a look. The suite of OnStar services provides an added measure of personal service you won't find on the Impala's competitors.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2012 Chevrolet Impala rides on an aging platform whose engine, interior and suspension just can't compete with the likes of the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Taurus. And, despite Chevrolet's value claims, for about the same price as the base LS trim, you can get into a nicely equipped Hyundai Sonata Limited.

What's New for 2012

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.

Driving the Impala

Driving Impressions The 2012 Impala gains greatly from its new 3.6-liter V6 engine. This 300-horsepower engine is velvety-smooth, silent and strong. The new 6-speed automatic transmission delivers seamless shifts and helps the...

2012 Chevy Impala sedan to achieve an impressive 30-mpg highway figure. The Impala's seating is supportive both front and rear, with wide bucket seats long on comfort but short on side bolstering. Engine and road noise have been minimized considerably, which may explain why wind noise seemed so noticeable. Regardless of trim, the Impala delivers a soft, comfortable ride ideal for straight, smooth pavement, but sporty handling is not its strong suit. However, if you do plan to do a bit of aggressive driving now and again, the top-level Impala LTZ offers a more solid feel and better handling, thanks to its 18-inch wheel-and-tire package.

Bose Audio
A feature usually not found in basic family sedans, the 8-speaker Bose audio system, available on the LT and standard on the LTZ, is a definite must for music lovers.

Fold-Flat Split Rear Seat
Flip up the seat bottoms, fold down the seatbacks, and the Impala's already massive trunk becomes a virtual cargo bed more than six feet long.

2012 Chevrolet Impala Details
Interior

The 2012 Chevrolet Impala sedan's interior is highlighted by simple instruments with large, easy-to-read numerals and lettering. Large rotary knobs for the radio and ventilation are also a nice change from smallish, hard-to-decipher buttons, and it's easy to find a place to store small items thanks to the numerous cup holders and storage areas throughout the car. The 2012 Chevrolet Impala sedan is one of the last cars to offer an available front bench seat, although most trims will likely go out the door with a comfortable set of bucket seats separated by a wide console. The Impala's available flip-and-fold rear seat increases an already massive trunk capacity, as well as provides an additional storage bin hidden beneath the seat bottom.

Exterior

Conservative yet stylish, the 2012 Chevrolet Impala's look is punctuated by a new grille (silver on LS and LT, black on LTZ) flanked by a pair of highly stylized rearward swept headlights. The Impala's clean linear lines give the look and feel of a sedate luxury sedan, while the sporty LTZ trim stands out with its 18-inch split-spoke wheels and front foglights. We like that the 2012 Chevy Impala sedan's roofline remains high as it moves rearward, a design that improves rear-seat headroom. The Impala's 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 2012 Impala LS comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6, 6-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, stability control, power driver's seat, cloth interior, tilt steering wheel, remote trunk release, 16-inch alloy wheels, tire-pressure monitor and six months of free OnStar service including Turn-by-Turn navigation.

Optional Equipment

Trim-level, package and stand-alone options vary among the three trims (LS, LT and LTZ) and include leather seating, power sunroof, dual-zone air conditioning, 8-way heated power driver's and heated power passenger's seats, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, single- or 6-disc CD player with MP3 compatibility, Bose premium sound, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, universal home remote, Bluetooth, auto-dimming inside and outside rearview mirrors, heated outside mirrors, metallic-look trim, factory-installed remote vehicle start, engine-block heater, foglights, rear spoiler and aluminum wheels up to 18 inches in diameter.

Under the Hood

The Impala sedan's sole powertrain consists of a 3.6-liter DOHC engine with variable valve timing and E85 compatibility. This is the same excellent GM V6 used in Buick and Cadillac sedans, and it serves the Impala equally well. The new 6-speed automatic is one of GM's best and provides smooth shifts as well as the ability to avoid hunting for the right gear when climbing hills.

3.6-liter V6
300 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 5,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/30 (gasoline), 13/22 (E85)

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2012 Chevrolet Impala Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 857 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

Near new midsize car for very used econobox money

By on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Lots of Bang for the Buck, Very comfortable"

Cons: "No cup holders in back seat"

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

"We drove the new body style of the Impala for over a month waiting on the insurance settlement for our previous car and liked the way it drove but didn't care for the sitting position and price. We decided to look at the "older" body style of the Impala and that's when we found that GM was still making them as fleet vehicles. We found our 2014 Impala Limited LT in July of 2015 with 9,400 miles on it for only $14,600. It has all of our required power options (windows, locks, mirrors, seat, etc.), cruise control, all of the current safety equipment (air bags, ABS, skid-control, on-star, etc.) plus Bluetooth, remote starter and a sunroof. I know that it was used as a rental car but with such low miles and tons of factory warranty, I figured it was worth the risk. So far after over 4000 miles in just 2 months, the Impala has been flawless plus it has averaged over 27.5 MPG including using E85 fuel a couple of times. The best feature of the Impala Limited is that it uses the same 300 HP 3.6 V6 that is in the new model and it makes the car feel like a rocket when you hit the gas pedal."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Very nice car for a good price

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great value for a quality ride"

Cons: "Seats could be improved."

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

"2014 Impala Limited LT. Very nice car, MP3, Moon roof. I purchased this CPO used through the dealership with 25K miles for $15K. Great value. The car rides and handles nicely. The tires were sub-optimal and were replaced with a set of premium grand touring all weather radials. I was stunned at the ride and handling improvements. GM could make these cars really sing if they would sell them with good tires instead of the OEM schlock that they ship with. Car writers whine about "old" styling etc, vs the "new" Impala. I will live and drive to the bank with the "older" styling for the $12-15K price differential that folks want for the "new" style Impala. There maybe differences in handling between the two, but having driven both, they were not apparent to me and certainly not relevant to most applications. I do understand that there were some structural changes to address new crash testing deficiencies."

cheaply made.

By on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
4/10

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

"I was very disappointed with this car. The engine hot turn ac off would come on when it was 10 below out. the rear hub assembly had to be replaced twice. and have to replace the brake pads every 8 months to a year. when cold out the power steering makes a whinning noise and you have to keep an eye on the power steering fluid level and keep adding to it. the stability trac and traction control lights come on all the time when it rains saying they need service. I would never buy another chevy again. I don't trust it. It's not very reliable."

This car is a great local & road trip vehicle

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great body style, solid engine performance & utili"

Cons: "None"

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

"This 2010 Chevrolet Impala LT2 has been the overall best of thirteen (13) Chevrolet cars that we have owned over the past fifty five (55) years that we have been married. This car has been very reliable, useful and safe. My wife and I feel very comfortable in this vehicle. Our Chevrolet Dealer has been very instrumental in assisting us in maintaining this vehicle in top condition from the first day of ownership. My wife enjoys driving and may be the primary driver in this family but I also enjoy driving whenever the opportunity presents itself."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Fantastic car overall

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, reliable, Nice looking, good mileage"

Cons: "It does not fix itself..."

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

"I have owned this car for 8 years now. It is 7th car I have actually owned. There are definitely better cars out there, but for the price and mileage, this has been the greatest car for me. It is getting old and I think about having to get a new car but I do not want to give this car up. I am hoping to keep it for a few more years."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

I'm surprised

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Solid, Powerful, Super comfortable, Build quality"

Cons: "Common, Heavy, Small glovebox"

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

"Happy owner of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5 V6. It's probably too soon to rate this car, as I've only gotten it a few days ago, but so far the more I drive it, the more I love it. My roommates all are biased against American cars, but after driving it, they all agreed that they did not expected this car to feel and look this good. My daily commute to work and back home is roughly 7 miles, so this baby will be driven very lightly, hopefully making it last for years to come. I had steering alignment problems when I first got it, but buying a set of new tires and doing a alignment thankfully fixed it. I can't believe how smooth this car is, and so far how good on gas it is. At 90,000 miles the car has it's little scratches and stuff, but mechanically, it feels like a new car. I am very impressed as well at all the equipment the car has. It's Power everything, it's got a sunroof, on-board computer and even an AUX in on the stereo! The only cons so far on this car is that it is way too common, and due to the fact that it is a rental fleet car, and government motor vehicle of choice, it's in my opinion what depreciates the value of it. Also, what's up with not having a lock on the gas cap? And also, for a vehicle this size, you would expect a bigger glove-box compartment. I can barely fit the manual and all the car's documents."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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