KBB Editors' Overview
By Jack R. Nerad, Executive Editorial Director, KBB.com - Updated Date: 4/30/2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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