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2014 Chevrolet Impala Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.9

Americans have always loved large sedans, and the Chevrolet Impala is one of the most beloved and enduring of those "full-size cars." But in the past few years, consumer desire for more fuel efficiency chipped away at the size of the large-car segment, helping to send Impala sales downward. With the introduction of the 2014 edition of the Chevy Impala, the company is out to change all that. Impala product planners believe that their newest creation has the prerequisites to get them back in the game, even when fuel economy is a concern thanks to the mild-hybrid Eco model. We've driven the new Impala a lot, and if you're eyeballing a Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus or Toyota Avalon, then the Impala should be added to your list.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sizable sedan that offers sizable value, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala is perfectly capable of capturing your attention.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Chevrolet Impala lacks the performance-oriented powertrain choices of the Ford Taurus, the in-your-face attitude of the Dodge Charger, or the fuel-sipping full hybrid of the Toyota Avalon. If you live on the bleeding-edge, other segment choices might better suit your tastes.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 8.5
  • 7.8
  • 7.8
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#11

out of 17

Fuel Economy

#9

out of 18

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.2 out of 10
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2014 Chevrolet Impala Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

All-new for the 2014 model year, the Impala offers big gains in suspension and a stiff-yet-reasonably-light body structure. There's an inch more room between the front and rear wheels, and Chevy's designers penned a very good-looking body, albeit with less drama than the Charger, Chrysler 300, or even Taurus.

Driving the Impala
2014 Chevrolet Impala Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The optional 3.6-liter V6 gives the Impala both praiseworthy fuel economy and the highest horsepower number of any naturally aspirated V6 in the segment. Its quicker-than-you'd-guess 0-to-60-mph time of 6.8...

seconds is just one indication that the V6-powered Impala feels powerful in any situation. A normally aspirated 4-cylinder and a 4-cylinder with eAssist joined the lineup after the Impala's initial introduction. Both are aimed at fuel economy more than outright performance, and offer significant mpg gains over the V6. No matter what engine you choose, the Impala offers luxurious comfort and quiet. It uses acoustic glass not only in the windshield but also in the front side windows, and all versions of the Impala have triple door seals. The suspension employs MacPherson struts up front and a 4-link rear setup. Rebound springs in the struts give the car an extra level of refinement. The electric power steering is quicker than you might expect in a large car.
Favorite Features

SAFE TO SECURE VALUABLES
Behind the Impala's optional 8-inch color touchscreen is an area similar to a hotel-room-style safe. When you use a 4-digit code to lock the safe, it not only locks the screen in the lowered position but also locks out your address book and other private info you might have entered into the Chevrolet MyLink system.

MYLINK INFOTAINMENT
Ford has gotten a lot of mileage out of its SYNC system, but several of us like the Chevy MyLink system better. Among the niceties of MyLink are big icons, 3-D map presentation, and the ability to store 60 "favorites" – radio stations, contacts, songs and points of interest among them.

2014 Chevrolet Impala Details
2014 Chevrolet Impala Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Active noise cancelation in 4-cylinder versions is just one example of the lengths Chevy product planners have gone to offer Impala customers a luxury-like experience. A quick look inside reveals attractive, upscale materials in an appealing design, and, like some of our editorial staff, the interior looks even better in the dark. Ice-blue cabin lighting and chrome trim with "bleed-through" lighting add to the sophisticated feel, and the instrument panel features multi-dimensional gauges and a 4.2-inch screen with configurable colors. We found the seats, some of which are covered in leather and sueded microfiber, to be both comfortable and attractive. And the climate and infotainment (radio) controls on the center stack are big, clearly marked and easy to use.

Exterior
2014 Chevrolet Impala photo

Under the supervision of John Cafaro, the Chevy design team has drawn an Impala with a long, long hood, highly sculpted front end and a roof so lengthy you might call it a semi-fastback. Chevy pulled out the stops in the front by offering upscale low-profile projector-beam headlights, and the top-of-the-line LTZ trim level has HID headlamps and LED daytime running lights, taking a further step upscale. The overwhelming sense in the new Impala is one of contemporary luxury, and that is enhanced by an array of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels. Though the trunklid is exceptionally short, trunk space has not been compromised, offering a substantial 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A 6-speed automatic transmission and variable-assist electric power steering (EPS) are two valuable pieces of standard equipment on the new Impala. The refined EPS incorporates what Chevy calls Pull Drift Compensation that automatically adjusts for external factors such as crowned roads and crosswinds. The base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and the Impala is equipped with seven airbags. OnStar is also standard, including six months of Directions & Connections service.

Optional Equipment

A wide variety of options allow you to equip the Impala as if it were a luxury-brand sedan. Available features include remote start, passive entry/exit, keyless start, heated steering wheel, power tilting/telescoping steering column with memory, dual-zone climate control and heated and ventilated front seats. A Bose surround-sound audio system is available, and the easy-to-use MyLink is standard on LT and LTZ models. Its 8-inch screen can be navigated in the very same way as a tablet computer, and compatible smartphones can be paired with MyLink using Bluetooth or connected via a USB port. The available safety features are nearly mind-blowing: advanced adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and side blind-zone alert among them. You won't have an excuse for backing into anything, either, since the Impala offers rear cross traffic alert, rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines, ultrasonic rear park assist and hill hold start assist.

Under the Hood
2014 Chevrolet Impala Engine photo

Of the three Impala powertrains available, we've had the most experience with the top-of-the-line 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Its 264 lb-ft torque number won't bowl you over, but it felt strong during our 200 miles at the wheel, abetted by the 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder offers 196 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Arguably the most interesting engine choice is the 182-horsepower 2.4-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder that gets the benefit of eAssist. With a little help from its electric friend, the 2.4-liter engine will enable the Impala to deliver 35-mpg highway fuel economy.

2.5-liter inline-4
196 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
186 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 mpg

2.4-liter inline-4 with eAssist mild hybrid
182 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
172 lb-ft of torque @ 4.900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/35 mpg

3.6-liter V6
305 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
264 lb-ft of torque @ 5,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/29 mpg

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala comes in a variety of trims and configurations, with a starting price comparable to its V6-powered competition from Ford and Dodge. The base Impala LS with a 4-cylinder engine starts at about $27,500, while the mild hybrid LS Eco starts just under $30,000. You'll have to step up to the midrange 2LT to get the V6 engine, and it'll cost you just under $31,000 to do it. The range-topping 2LTZ comes with the V6 and lots of standard equipment for just under $37,000. Fill out all the options boxes, and you'll be driving more than $41,000 worth of big Chevy sedan, not cheap, but on par with the Ford Taurus Limited and Toyota Avalon Limited trims. We expect the new Impala to maintain its resale value somewhat better than the competitive models from Dodge and, especially, Ford. To find out what consumers are paying right now, please look at the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price.

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2014 Chevrolet Impala Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 32 Ratings for the 2014 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great Automobile

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,508

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: "Styling, acceleration, comfortable, quiet, value"

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

"there isn't any bad talk- a great car with better new exterior have the luxury of a high end sedan. It drives really excellent on flat roads here in North Dakota even gravel roads this car ride performance beats the dust. Seats and navigation both very well plus the NAV system has everything perfect through the touch screen include a Popup screen. Interior quiet...Overall car looks outstanding I have every available option on the 2LTZ model. Cooled, heated seats are the best works remarkably good on different climates. rearview camera is definitely excellent too with those green lines on showing me backing out driveway or parking lot its bigger enough although have to check surroundings anyway because doesn't detect every object behind the vehicle. Bluetooth best in saying command and programs my iPhone inside the navigation screen so well...Voice recognitions for all the important electronics using are really crystal clear includes (Bluetooth and Navigation). I'm in love with this car love everything about my Impala new styling, totally aerodynamic looks and sportier with a fully loaded luxury interior so best in its class."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Huge Step Forward - Best Chevy Ever

By on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks great inside and out."

Cons: "no AWD option"

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

"went from 2010 Cadillac CTS to 2014 Chevy Impala - don't regret a thing. The Impala has everything and more than the CTS - essentially the same engine. XTS with Chevy Logo..."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great ride...Great vehicle

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,698

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: "Everything"

Cons: "bit wind noise"

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

"this car is a blast I traded a 2011 Tahoe on a more fuel efficient car as Impala. Didn't purchase car because saving gas bought it from having much better features and rides 10x better than other Chevy cars owned in later years that is the reason switched from a car to SUV but when test drove Impala was pleased on lots new stuff for a more expensive car for the money. It drives handles great controls are simple using with having all the goodies. Impala tends have a more quiet ride best performance includes excellent safety ratings traffic crossing alert, blind spot warning and moving object detection. It also was available in a navigation system, iPod/USB interface, rearview camera, blue tooth, steering controls and more. I love this great vehicle on so much advanced features seems like a Cadillac ATS (twin badge) having styling and lots of new interior options in its class. The Impala is a beautiful car gets over 35 miles per gallon with a V6 engine its so powerful and fast under lots of excellent acceleration on a smooth ride gives. I highly recommend it to anyone looking at a great luxury car for the money."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Much better than the 09 malibu I traded in.

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,200

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Its great for long drives"

Cons: "No tinted glass"

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

"The Impala is a joy to drive. I love the V6! And has a lot of room inside and heated seats and cooled seats too!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Outstanding upscale vehicle

By on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,823

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
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "adaptive cruise control, navigation, controls"

Cons: "ride is harsh,"

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

"bought my Impala LTZ W/2LZ which has more options and features paid at a great price even this car has a better resale value checking other vehicles found Impala was one of them. It's a sportier automobile very great in all bells and whistles includes Navigation, heated/ventilated seats, heated mirrors, traffic crossing alert, LED lights, USB port, Pandora capability, Bluetooth, rearview backup camera, gets over 34 mpg while available with adaptive cruise control. Impala is a more top of the line car, handles at best except what I don't know in which can't find out even has bad tires or suspension needs uptight because it doesn't have the performance ride should as is overall a great car for the money feels like I'm driving on a flat road living in a city the streets are fine here maybe I'll replaced some new radials to see if that issue can solved it. Looks more of a Cadillac with all the luxury in class, fit and finish materials are best on this nice car. Taking a long drive definitely fall asleep faster even wouldn't know it because a comfortable car having so much available on it getting LTZ W/2LZ package than have a navigation, heated/ventilated seats, adaptive cruise control, and other great features. I still recommend it although the ride needs to be more firmed."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Best automobile that GM has ever made

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014

I don't own this car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Luxury, controls, more safety, LED lights"

Cons: "2LT missing adaptive cruise control"

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

"The Impala is totally designed for 2014. This car has lots of bells and whistles...Considered what packages get between (2LT or 2LTZ)get 2ltz be more sportier having adaptive cruise control but if going for 2lt still have great features just be missing out on adaptive cruise control. Its comfortable, navigation system ft. lots of options even other features are great on this beautiful car. Seats are buckets I would considered buying one having (charcoal metallic interior trim) even wood grain goes with the luxury it has on all better fit and finish materials. Impala handles excellent, hugs the highways tight but don't race this car as like its back in 1996 again with the SS model which attended go faster. But the more upgraded new model it was built for highway as an more top of the line careful automobile perfect for a family or a great commuting automobile. Gas mileage is better from previous models gets over 34 or 35mpg now. Styling looks more appealing instead of a depressing bland style the 2006-13 had but now it has changed so much in features and interior is more outstanding. I highly recommend Impala over Toyota or Honda even a GM vehicle in same comparison because would pay a grand having a car with tons of features. Exterior is nice looking LED lights makes have a sportier oriented style and front end similar to Camaro its the best car ever for the value and best price spending."

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