Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Chevrolet Impala Review
The Chevrolet Impala is a full-size family sedan that comes in three trim levels: the entry-level LS, the midgrade LT and the loaded LTZ. Antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags are standard on all Chevrolet Impala trims. With its front bench seat, the Impala can accommodate six passengers in a pinch.
Under the hood, the "Chevrolet Impala" LS and LT come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 211 horsepower. All Chevrolet Impala come with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The latest-generation Chevrolet Impala has been available since the 2006 model year. Improvements on this model compared to the previous-generation Chevrolet Impala include new engines (including the 303-hp 5.3-liter V8 found in the reintroduced Impala SS model), more composed handling, a higher-quality interior and updated styling. The Impala SS was dropped for 2010.
Base-model Chevy Impalas were powered by a 3.4-liter V6 engine that produced 180 hp. Stepping up to LS trim got you a 200-hp, 3.8-liter V6. Previous to this, there was a short-lived Chevrolet Impala SS. Offered from 1994-'96, it was based on the rear-drive Caprice. Today, the 90s Impala SS's have taken on a "collectible" quality.
There are also plenty of Impalas left from earlier decades. Those early Impalas were often America's most popular car, and they still hold significance today.
The 2010 Chevrolet Impala ranks 7 out of 8 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 48 published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Impala, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The automotive press sees the 2010 Chevrolet Impala as an underwhelming choice in the large car segment. The Impala does have virtues. It is among the most fuel-efficient large cars, and has a roomy cabin.