16 Best Family Cars: 2016 Chevrolet Impala
Fifty years ago, if you looked up family car in the dictionary, you probably would have seen a picture of a Chevrolet Impala. With the Impala again making Kelley Blue Book’s list of best family cars, you can safely assume that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This big sedan is proof that a roomy cabin and trunk, good looks and solid performance never go out of style.
That the 2016 Chevrolet Impala is competitive in the family car category against a wide variety of vehicles, however, is testament to the tremendous change that has seen this car evolve from a body-on-frame V8-powered behemoth to a technically sophisticated, fuel-efficient, V6-powered front-drive sedan.
Room to Stretch Out
The 2016 Chevy Impala has plenty of room for five full-size adults, which makes this an ideal family car to grow into. As tykes eventually grow into teens, you won’t necessarily have to move out of this car into a minivan or crossover to avoid backseat turf wars. And the trunk is simply cavernous, with 18.8 cubic feet of space accessible through a wide rear decklid with a low liftover. The split-folding rear seats add utility to the cargo area and the seats fold reasonably flat with a generous pass-through.
Redesigned within the last two model years, the Impala has contemporary looks that will age well and the technology is certainly state of the art with the impressive MyLink that makes Bluetooth connections a breeze, as well as the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to keep your smartphone on the same page as the center touchscreen. There are also plenty of standard power points, USB ports and even a wireless phone charging mat available.
Three Drivetrain Choices
The Impala is offered with several powertrain options, the base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine offering 196 horsepower, a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and a 260-horsepower bi-fuel variant of that engine, which is capable of burning either gasoline or compressed natural gas. Power is sent to the front wheels via a smooth shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. Our choice is for the V6 version—it’s got great acceleration and still delivers 29 mpg on the highway.
While the base 4-cylinder models starts at just over $28,000, V6 versions carry a sticker price beginning at about $31,500, which is slightly less than the average transaction price for a new car. For that money you get a large, comfortable, quiet and powerful sedan ready to transport your family on the daily commute or cross country. These impressive attributes are also why we named the 2016 Chevrolet Impala our Full-Size Car Best Buy of 2016.