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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 873 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

Super Value and Utility

By on Sunday, January 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Size, economy, value"

Cons: "Driving response is soft"

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

"This car has been trustworthy and useful. It has six seat belts (the sixth person must be small), a cavernous trunk, requires minimal maintenance expense and was inexpensive in the first place. Gas mileage over 30 mpg on highway is amazing considering it is big enough for our family of four to take a two week vacation in. Gas tank is sized for, well, a tank. Range is over 500 miles on the highway. Needless to say we do road trips and this car has served well."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Friday, November 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good ride, lots of room in trunk, very reliable"

Cons: "heavy cornering, limited back seat space for adult"

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

"I have had this car now for over four years and we love it. There have been no issues at all in those four years. We did have the key inserts put in when Chevy recalled the car for that but they were not a problem for us. It is comfortable on the road and there is a huge amount of room in the trunk. You would be shocked at what my wife has packed in that trunk and carried home!!! The only observation I would make is the car tends to need a lot of room for turns and the doors open very wide. Not a bad thing unless you count the fact this means my wife can put bigger items in the back seat since there is no need to struggle with the door opening. LOL The back seat is not at all comfortable for adults so keep that in mind. All in all, this is one of the best cars I have ever owned and I will probably get another Impala when I decide to trade in."

14 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Reliable and trouble free so far

By on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good value, good mileage"

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

"Only possible complaint is that the heater control needs a wider range when going from hot to cold. Just never had it checked."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Non smoker, used car for business.. All road miles

By on Monday, November 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 248,000

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: "Powertrain and suspension have only 30,000 miles"

Cons: "Small nicks on hood from road travels"

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

"I used the car to drive in 9 states. The miles are all road miles. I changed the oil every 3,000 miles, The chassis has been completely rebuilt starting at 200,000 miles and have all receipts for it. To name a few REPLACED items, 4 struts, new wheel bearings, new fuel pump, new alternator and starter, rebuild Jasper Transmission, mew serpentine belt every 50,00 miles, new radiator hoses. All tie rod ends, engine mounts and anything rubber has been replaced starting at 200K. New Cooper Touring tires and complete new breaks at 230,000. Car rides better than new. Engine runs perfect. When I had transmission replaced, I had the Oil Pump, timing chain and CPS also replaced."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best Car For The Value

By on Monday, November 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very comfortable, very fast."

Cons: "None so far"

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

"Consumers Report got this one right when the rated it 95 out of 100. This is an extremely comfortable car and very easy to drive. It goes 0-60 in six seconds flat with the 3.6 liter V-6. Very fast for a car this size. And I get 29 mpg over the road, 23.5 to and from work (combined city/highway miles). Just love the car. I've rented lots of cars in my business, and this car has always impressed me so much, had to buy one. Mine is the LTZ version and has every option except moonroof (didn't want anyway) and navigation. This car is great! Got it for a very good price out of a rental fleet. It was 9 months old with 33K on it. I've had it 2 years and it is at 56K miles now. No trouble so far - its a winner in my book."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

very good car for the money i am orignal owner

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

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
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"great car but a big problem with oil loss between oil changes i changed oil every 4000 mile give or take always had to add 2 qts.i take care of my cars, i have 99 exploere 144 thous.miles never added oil between changes . only big complaint .i have,"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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