IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
Impala delivers modern-day refinement and high-tech features with traditional big-car space, and the broad range of models and options means it’s relatively simple to equip one to fit your tastes and budget.
The steeply sloped roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom and the rear roof/door pillars compromise over-the-shoulder visibility.
On some models, the Impala’s infotainment-system touchscreen powers up to reveal a hidden storage cubby in the dashboard.
WHAT IS IT?
The Impala is Chevrolet’s mainstream flagship sedan. It is available in base LS, mid-line LT, and high-end Premier trim levels. Both 4-cylinder and V6 engines are available, but unlike the Buick LaCrosse, Impala is not available with all-wheel drive. Among Impala’s many available features are Apple CarPlay functionality, wireless device charging capability, remote start, active noise-cancellation technology, and voice command. The extensive list of available safety features includes blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with collision-mitigation braking.
Impala sees a minor shuffling of standard and optional equipment for 2018. A rearview camera and keyless entry and starting are now standard across the line, and the base LS model gets a MyLink infotainment interface with Bluetooth connectivity and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality.
EPA-estimated figures are 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway for the V6 and 22 city/30 highway for the 4-cylinder. All Impalas run on regular-grade gas. In Consumer Guide® testing, an Impala Premier averaged 21 mpg in a slight majority of city driving.
VALUE IN CLASS
Impala strong points include one of the most powerful V6s in the class, good passenger room, a pleasing ride, and a high level of quiet. The availability of a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine is a plus for shoppers more interested in fuel economy than power. The best value probably comes from the mid-level LT; even when loaded up with options, it still comes in a few hundred dollars below the starting price (with delivery) of a Premier.
|BASE PRICE RANGE||$27,895 – $36,420|
|BODY STYLES||4-Door Sedan|
|AVAILABLE ENGINES||196-HP, 2.5-Liter 4-Cyl.; 305-HP, 3.6-Liter V6|
|DRIVE WHEELS||Front-Wheel Drive|
|EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE||19-30 MPG|