Used 2012 Chevrolet Impala Sedan
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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.
300 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 5,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/30 (gasoline), 13/22 (E85)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2012 Chevrolet Impala ranges from just under $26,500 for the LS to about $31,000 for a fully loaded LTZ. A check on kbb.com will show you the Fair Purchase Price, which shows about what others in your area have paid for their cars. Kelley Blue Book expects the 2012 Chevrolet Impala sedan to hold resale values slightly better than previous Impalas, but, overall, to lag behind the
Chrysler 300 and the Ford Taurus and be far outpaced by the resale values of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry.
Chevrolet Impala Consumer Reviews
January 06, 2019
Our Impala has been in our family since 2009. My dad had it first for a couple years and used it for work and drove a lot. Then it went...
August 13, 2018
Good vehicle, one ongoing problem
This vehicle has been reliable and comfortable. The one nagging problem with the past 3 impalas I have owned is the abs/stabilitrac...
February 16, 2018
Dependable great performance.
Ive been driving this car for many years now as a work car. I travel almost daily for my job. This car has evrything needed for comfort...
October 13, 2017
A good solid vehicle nothing fancy reliable
I had a 2003 Chevy Impala LS 3.8 V6 4 speed auto I like it gave me no trouble put 115,000 miles and traded for a 2007 Chevy Impala LT 2...
August 30, 2017
It is a beautiful, clean, excellent vehicle.
The vehicle has not dents, scratches or marks on it inside or out. It is roomy and drives smooth. It is red with a spoiler on the back.
February 09, 2017
2008 Impala with 178,000 miles and going strong
I bought this car new in October of 2008. Its a full size sedan with all the features needed for a comfortable ride. Handles NH snow...
December 10, 2016
Outstanding Fullsize Car
First and formost, I apologize for the absence of paragraph breaks. I did my best, but they were all deleted when I previewed this...
November 24, 2016
Great car, no problems
I purchased this car off lease with 9k on the odometer in 2013. I have had zero problems with the reliability and feature/function of...
November 23, 2016
excellent gas mileage for a powerful auto .
Has always ran great-i keep oil changed-lots of power-no problems.
October 26, 2016
Bought this car used two years ago. Still in love with it.