Price: $35,770 ($39,510 as tested)
Engine: 3.6-liter V6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Power: 305 hp, 264 lb-ft
The Impala has a great amount of history and was once one of the shining stars to come out of America. However, this once great model has since lost its way and was stuck looking for direction, not knowing how to cope with the evolving automotive world. Luckily, Chevrolet is doing the Impala badge justice with the 2014 Impala. With robust styling and a hearty engine, the Impala is now more than just a cop car or rental car.
On the outside of the all-new Impala is an exterior that fits in quite well with the next-generation of cars. The front is definitely the focal point of the exterior, with two sleek headlights that are separated by a Camaro-esque grille. Along the bottom of the front are LED daytime running lamps, a feature becoming more and more common with cars nowadays. In the rear is a dual exhaust system that is capped off by two gaping metal tips. While the front end was striking to say the least, the rear seems a bit lackluster.
“Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn’t mean relying on nostalgia,” said John Cafaro, director of North America passenger car exterior design. “This is very much a contemporary car, with design elements, craftsmanship and attention to detail that complement its advanced technology and performance.”
The interior is as roomy as you would expect with a Chevrolet Impala, providing plenty of legroom to the driver and passengers. What I enjoyed about the space given was that it was not cluttered by an unwarranted amount of buttons and gizmos. The steering wheel has two pads for buttons, making it simple to control the car’s features without lifting a finger. The media center is highlighted by a focus on the large screen, with a minimal amount of controls below it.
In order to do the Impala name justice, Chevrolet had to include a powerful engine and they did just that with the optional 3.6-liter V6 that’s good for 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. If you opt for the base engine, your Impala will be equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist. If you are a fan of the Impala name, odds are you will go for the V6, and no one would blame you. This engine is quick, just like the animal the car was named after – expect a 0-60 time in the 6’s. If you have ever driven an Impala, you are familiar with the smooth ride that comes along with it. Even at a high rates of speed, the 2014 Impala cancelled out the bumps and divots along the road. This luxurious “gliding” is thanks to the softer suspension.
The 2014 Impala also offers a slew of features and benefits that include some firsts for Chevrolet and Impala. These include: Full-speed range adaptive cruise control, crash imminent braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines, ultrasonic rear park assists, brake pre-fill feature and hill hold/start assist.
When the 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ first pulled into our lot, I was surprised that it was an Impala. It looks new, up-to-date and stylish, all of which I had not familiarized the Impala with in previous generations. If you are looking for a sedan suited for a family that will have others asking the model, the Impala is a great choice. Chevrolet has managed to give new life to the Impala, making it enjoyable and exciting to drive around with the famous badge adorning your car.
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