By on April 4, 2012

Earlier today, Derek expressed his hope that we’d be seeing the Impala t the show in a color other than black. No such luck. Live shots from Julie Hyde and commentary from Byron Hurd below.

“Rental darling no longer, Chevy’s new Impala shows off the new, significantly improved Bowtie grille and elegant, throwback body lines that would (and do) look right at home on a Buick.

The new Impala also sheds its low-rent cabin for gorgeous two-tone offerings with contrast stitching and other nice visual touches. So what’s the catch?

Well, at no point during the presentation was rear-drive brought up, and from the sound of it, the V8-powered SS model will not return. Instead, you can choose from a 303-horsepower V6, a 30mpg 2.5-liter 4, or GM’s new 2.4 with assist, which they claim will return 36mpg on the highway.”

As with the Malibu before it, the Impala’s interior photographs better than it really looks or feels. The fact that Chevrolet debuted the car in black doesn’t bode well, either: it’s axiomatic in this business that black hides styling miscues the same way a black dress flatters a slightly chunky woman. We’ll have to wait until we can see the car in the muted palette of Beiges in which it will likely be sold to fleets.

Note: I finally got over to see the Impala for myself and noted that, yes, it is very very dark blue, not black. There is an ice-blue (not silver) model which was pulled onto the platform as well and we will have that in our video — JB

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113 Comments on “New York 2012: Impala Is Live, But It’s Still Black...”


  • avatar
    Type57SC

    Looks like there are two steering wheels on top of each other. MB is not the steering wheel benchmark guys

    • 0 avatar
      blockmachining

      My gosh. This vehicle is a total mess. The dash looks like it was pulled from a 1978 Toyota Corolla. And to think the taxpayers saved this company. And to think this current administration thought it was a wise thing to do? The free enterprise system is designed so that poor performing companies fail and only the successful ones will survive. I simply hate that such a large company can only come up with this design when it is their bread and butter car.

  • avatar
    Lemmy-powered

    From the looks of that droopy central pod, Impala will no longer be available in my favourite configuration — front bench seat and shifter on the tree.

    • 0 avatar
      DubTee1480

      Not necessarily, as I pointed out in the other Impala post the 2001-2005 models have the droop/bulge and they were optioned with bench seats. Notice how the center stack doesn’t flow continuously from the upper vents to the shifter but “breaks” just under the HVAC controls, recedes and then continues downward? The center stack in my ’04 Impala does the same thing and but for the SS option, could be optioned with a bench.

      • 0 avatar
        windnsea00

        However, the bench seat is illegal unless you can fit a 3-point seat belt. They dropped the option for for either `11 or `12 models.

      • 0 avatar
        Educator(of teachers)Dan

        Um no, there is option of front bench on current 2012 Impalas. I was in one a few days ago. It was a fleet model (no “trim level” badge i.e. LS, LT, LTZ) but the 3.6 VVT with the six speed auto was a sweet combo. The crazy thing is it had a column shifter with buttons on the left of the steering wheel for tap shifting up and down. Think about the “old school” vs. “new school” in that interior. Column shift with “paddle shift” on the opposing side.

      • 0 avatar
        windnsea00

        My mistake, I was under the impression they were no longer allowed.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    Honda meets Kia with some E-class LED treatments and an S-class steering wheel.

  • avatar
    Variant

    WTF is that ill-fitting toupee on top of the dash?

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    The interior is kind of nasty, but the exterior looks pretty good to me. It looks like they’ve ditched the headband in favor or something that belongs on the road.

    If they toned down the interior, and I had a use for this car, I could see myself looking at one.

    EDIT: Is that faux granite on the center console?

  • avatar
    brettc

    What’s up with the hideous faux-marble treatment on the centre console? Looks horrible. The fleets might not even want this one. The outside isn’t bad, but the inside is a bit overdone.

  • avatar
    keet

    are you guys at the right show? why does Autoblog have pics of a silvery-blue one sitting on the stage next to a black one???

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    Bo.

    Ring.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I don’t think that using a naturally-aspirated 195hp 2.5L I4 hooked up to GM’s hyper-upshift six speed automatic on a car this big is a great idea.

    30MPG highway is also pretty poor.

    I’m guessing that motor is only going to end up in rental fleets.

    • 0 avatar
      icemilkcoffee

      Yup. A 2.5 engine is going to have a tough time hauling that behemoth around. GM hasn’t quite gotten the weight-loss gospel yet. Its subcompact Sonic weighs in at an astounding 2800lb. The compact class Cruze weighs as much as the midsized Camry. This Impala is probably headed the same way.
      The 2.5 exists solely for bragging rights. You won’t be able to find any on the dealer lots.

      • 0 avatar
        unseensightz

        I believe they are touting 36mpg highway for the eassist model. Also, IIRC I have read that the V-6 Impala will weigh in around 3800 lbs, pretty good in my opinion for a full size sedan.

      • 0 avatar
        KixStart

        I was thinking much the same thing. The LaCrosse curb weight (per Edmunds) is 3835lb. I don’t expect this will be lighter.

        I was also thinking “Rental darling no longer,” might be premature. And the intersection of 2.4/2.5L four with 3800 lbs might be a poor rental experience that won’t help sales.

        But perhaps Chevy will surprise me and the car may be more sprightly than I imagine.

  • avatar
    getacargetacheck

    Why do auto manufacturers think it’s luxurious to insert a disjointed piece of plastic or wood into an otherwise nice leather-wrapped steering wheel rim? That alone would keep me from buying a car. It would have been nice to see a six taillight theme of some sort. Maybe it’s there but the pics don’t show it.

    • 0 avatar
      flameded

      “It would have been nice to see a six taillight theme of some sort.”

      AMEN

      I have been saying that for years…and years…and years.
      Six taillights..now THAT would be an Impala. ;)

    • 0 avatar
      unseensightz

      The trim on the steering wheel is there to mimic the shape of the trim piece going across the dashboard. I think its a nice touch but to each their own when it comes to styling.

  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    Autoblog is showing another one parked right next to the black beauty – It wearing a coat of a light silverish blue paint.

    http://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/04/2014-chevrolet-impala-new-york-2012/

    • 0 avatar
      keet

      you cant run a PITHY column if you use ALL the facts…

      like was mentioned above, you can see the silver one in the black cars reflection in the pics in THIS article.

  • avatar
    MrGreenMan

    That silver looks nice; you can see it’s still got the sides and rear hips from the last one. Rear and side visibility was great in the outgoing one, but the A-pillars could hide a Sonata at 10 yards.

    It’s nice to see them transition the Chevy grill to a lower band and the bow-tie on the top venting. They were like that around 2006 and those looked better.

    Hopefully this one is a home run; I guess I should defer the Charger purchase to see how this comes out, along with the rumored Nascar Caprice.

  • avatar
    Astigmatism

    Great photos. Jack, you’re dead-on about it looking much, much better in their official press photos than it does in the real-world pocket-camera shots here. The leather dash cover looks like someone melted a giant caramel candy all over the console that’s now dripping down everywhere, and the center bulge that seems decently proportioned in the official photos looks enormous here. I suspect that reality is somewhere in the middle, but I guess I’ll find out for myself the next time I rent a car in Florida.

  • avatar
    noxioux

    I was going to just say, “MEH,”

    But then I took a second look. That interior is truly awful in every way. Whomever penned that should have their fingers superglued to their butt for all eternity.

    When I saw the B pillar peek, I had some hope that this would be a pretty good looking car. It’s really disappointing to end up with a warmed over overweight Malibu.

    Sorry, Chev. I used to love ya, but you really just suck now.

    • 0 avatar
      TheGeneralIsDead

      Why is it that GM continues to design interiors that only highlight its failure to deliver acceptable fit-and-finish?

      -The multiple cutlines between the dash and door will NOT line up properly in production.

      -The membrane-style controls on the steering wheel (ugh, that wheel) will wear out – and through to the potmetal contacts behind them – just as they do on C5 ‘Vettes.

      -That oh-so-clever pop-up touchscreen is great, until it fails in the half-open position at some point right after the warranty expires.

      -Looks like the center vents are already starting to pop out from the dashboard. How difficult would it have been for GM’s “engineers” to simply make them part of the surrounding assembly?

      -The fit of the center console to the upper dash is laughable… and oh-so-typical General Motors.

      As for the exterior? There’s not a single cohesive line or theme to it, other than “Chevy Lacrosse.”

  • avatar
    graham

    1) That’s not “faux marble” on the console, it’s supposed to look like dark stained wood trim like many European cars offer as trim options (except it’s usually real wood of course).

    2) The dashboard toupee looks horrible–I really do hope that’s not a production “feature”.

    3) I take anything I read these days at TTAC with a big grain of salt, so the comments above about there being a silver Impala on the stage right next to the black one are not that surprising.

    • 0 avatar
      unseensightz

      As I responded to someone above, the “toupee” is part of the touch screen and allows the screen to motor up and reveal and lit storage compartment for your phone or other items.

  • avatar
    onthercks07

    I’m certainly not a GM fan but the criticism from TTAC sometimes just gets obnoxious for obnoxiousness’ sake. I mean c’mon Jack! Give GM SOME credit! The car actually looks decent enough to buy (instead of rent) and you know it will have good value b/c it will be cheaply priced. As an extra bonus, it doesn’t look like a whale with hemorrhoids (I’m looking at you MKZ). And enough with putting Ford and Chrysler on a pedestal…we all know their interiors aren’t exactly class-leading either and hey, when Chrysler’s workers manage to stay sober long enough so that their Wranglers don’t spontaneously combust, lemme know ok?

    For the rest of you naysayers, are you seriously not going to buy a car because of its steering wheel?? Or its air-conditioning vents? Puh-lease. That kinda of idiotic talk just outs you as someone who isn’t serious about buying a GM product anyway, regardless of what they put out.

    For the millions of middle-class families that just want a fairly decently looking, reliable, but most importantly CHEAP large sedan, they will now be less embarrassed to be in an Impala. End of story. A+ for improvement GM. Probably B overall.

    • 0 avatar
      getacargetacheck

      “…are you seriously not going to buy a car because of its steering wheel??”

      The criticism wasn’t meant exclusively for GM or the Impala. I WOULD consider a trim level of the Impala that didn’t have this fake luxury touch. It’s a nice-looking car.

      • 0 avatar
        TheGeneralIsDead

        “…are you seriously not going to buy a car because of its steering wheel??”

        Most owners will have to look at the steering wheel more often than the exterior. And the Impala’s wheel is f*****g horrible.

      • 0 avatar
        Halftruth

        The steering wheel is the number one thing you touch and see every day, every time you are in it.. I would not buy it for the steering wheel .
        I simply can’t get past it.

  • avatar
    nikita

    Lets see it in rent-a-car red. It hertz the eyes.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    As I look at the car more, the less black it looks. Am I the only one that sees this as more indigo/dark blue than black, or is that just the reflection?

    • 0 avatar
      Ubermensch

      Yeah, I was going to say that is not black it is without a doubt dark blue.

    • 0 avatar
      ciddyguy

      Did you read Jack’s comment in italics below? He finally went over to look at it, and noted it’s a dark blue.

      I can see it in the photos it’s dark blue.

      The silvery blue looks fine too, but neither color hides the fact that this car is BIG.

  • avatar
    chainyanker

    E-assist Impala at 35mpg, 240hp 2.0EB Taurus at 33mpg(assuming the 15% improvement of the Edge & Explorer) or a 292hp V6 Charger good for 31mpg. That puts the Chevy in last place for me.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Blah, blah, blah…all the hate is boring. Most, if not all the haters couldn’t afford to buy a new car if they had to…

    I want to see one in person, THEN I’ll make a judgment and hopefully drive one before I completely make up my mind.

    For now, I’m planning on keeping my 2004 Impala for another two years, so there will be plenty of time to tell whether this edition is as good as mine.

    • 0 avatar
      windnsea00

      The Impala isn’t exactly an expensive car (especially current models)…however with that in mind, how does one’s financial state determine the value of their opinion?

    • 0 avatar
      FromaBuick6

      This website is littered with your superfluous comments dismissing every car under the sun, because they’re too fancy for you, made by Toyota, not based on the K-car or any other reason stemming from you being terminally stuck in 1966. Now that people are people expressing critical opinions about your sacred cow…its boring?

      “Most, if not all the haters couldn’t afford to buy a new car if they had to…”

      Please explain to me how this is an appropriate comment from a mature adult. If you refuse to look at vehicles that don’t have an “Impala” badge on the decklid, that’s not my problem. If you need to constantly remind the commentariat of this in every single one of your posts, that’s okay, too. But don’t lash out when not every one agrees with you.

  • avatar
    CrapBox

    As the BMW ad used to say, “It’s only a car.”

  • avatar

    FWIW I want to drive the 3.6L. I liked driving the Malibu I4 better than the V6 Camry.

  • avatar

    FWIW I want to drive the 3.6L. I liked driving the Malibu I4 better than the V6 Camaro.

  • avatar
    Mr. Spacely

    It looks okay, I guess. I mean, it is a Chevy, not a Caddy or Buick.

    I like the exterior and interior more than the bizarre, bloated Taurus.

    But, so help me, I have a soft-spot for the current Impala’s stripped down, plain-vanilla, indestructible-ness. It’s such a robust cruiser, it’s jarring to see a new Impala with all the tech bells and whistles.

    Sad to see SS relegated to history.

    • 0 avatar
      DubTee1480

      Unfortunately, the SS has been gone for at least a year if not more. I know they no longer offered it with the 2012 model and I’m pretty sure they dropped it a few years ago… maybe 2010?

  • avatar
    unseensightz

    Since when has either the last gen Malibu and more so the 2013 Malibu had horrible interior materials?? The last gen Malibu has a very soft touch high quality looking material on the dash that makes up both the lower and upper parts of the dual cove design. Some other pieces weren’t up to spec, armrests etc, but the car itself I felt had a competitively high quality interior. The new 2013 Malibu has had rave reviews for its interior materials and from first hand experience ties the best in class for fit/finish and material quality. So Jack, I would like to know where you get that the Malibu, especially the ’13, has poor interior materials?

  • avatar
    KixStart

    I’m not so sure about some of the styling elements.

    The dash is not good. I’m trying to imagine it in a single color and that doesn’t help. That contrasting “cover” is too busy and, at the same time, pointless.

    And I’m not too sure about the gently pointed prow. I imagine that it gives some family resemblance to the Camaro but on this car it seems over done. It’s overdone on the Camaro but, given the Camaro’s mission, that’s not quite such a problem. Maybe the nose looks good in person.

    From the A-pillar back, the car looks good.

  • avatar
    dts187

    “The 2014 Chevy Impala: Now with factory-installed, ill-fitting dash mat!”

    The steering wheel and lumps of leather on the dash need to go. Other than that it’s not a bad looking sedan. The exterior is way better than the current model.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      My assessment also. The faux lumps of leather on the dash need to go. Not a huge fan of the faux black marble either – but see that as nit picky and subject to change anyway – it’s not in production yet.

      Otherwise big step in the right direction and a handsome sedan. Hobbled by the same rules/regulations as other, increasingly boring looking 4-door sedans are hobbled by. Pedestrian safety rules, side-impact safety rules, etc. etc.

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      Ditto. I like the front end, hopefully we’ll see more Chevy grills get this treatment.

  • avatar
    critchdizzle

    Looks pretty blue to me. How do the plastics feel? Are they the same hard, scratchy, low-rent ones that have plagued so many GM interiors over the years (HHR, Cobalt, etc.) or are they better?

  • avatar
    86er

    In other news, the Impala decal has returned to the C-pillar.

    Made of the finest pot metal, I assume…

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    No RWD I guess! GM once again could have brought something diff to the segment and they go with a Taurys clone

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    No RWD I guess! GM once again could have brought something diff to the segment and they go with a Taurus clone

  • avatar
    ByTheLake

    I like it. Looks classy and athletic. The interior looks much more upscale and inviting than what I’d expect from a Chevy.

    If this had a “Camry” badge on it, I suspect the detractors would drool over it. This new Chevy is a looker.

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    The New Impala! More Generic than Ever!

    Queen of Fleets Everywhere!

    Beloved of Industrial Supply Salesmen All Over America!

  • avatar
    Dynasty

    Looks too low rent for my tastes.

    On the other hand, GM could enlist GM China to style it and make it into a gorgeous RWD Buick Lexus killer. Maybe.

    I’d also like to see center consoles go away (i must be getting old).

  • avatar
    Dynasty

    Wait, it’s not RWD? Disregard my lexus killer statement.

  • avatar
    semaj82

    Every Impala (2005+) that I’ve been in had a very strong, distinctive, skunky smell. Any word on whether the new Impala shares the same issue? This smell is the main reason that has prevented me from recommending this as a good value car for people.

  • avatar
    seanx37

    So this is just another refresh of the W body? How old is that platform? 25-30 years old? I know GM must be able to knock off Impalas for dirt cheap.

    But I fail to see why anyone here is complaining too much. None of the people that come to a website such as this are buying these cars. Our parents or grandparents, maybe. Our company fleet managers , maybe.Our local governments, sure. Our rental car companies, for sure.

    • 0 avatar
      mikey

      @seanx37….So you know its a refreshed W?….Quote your source.

      I’ve been reading TTAC since Robert Farago created it. If my beloved Impala was to get wrote off I would buy another one tomorrow.

    • 0 avatar
      ciddyguy

      Seanx37,

      And you didn’t know that the current Impala is basically related to the Buick Lacrosse? Essentially the Epsilon chassis?

      And you had to call your friend at GM to find that out?

      Um, have you been hiding under a rock? This was mentioned in an earlier post on this very car earlier today in the post itself.

  • avatar
    phargophil

    Hmmph! A Buick in a bow tie.

  • avatar
    FromaBuick6

    I’m glad Chevy’s finally getting away from the oversized split grilles. I read elsewhere that this thing comes with up to 20″ wheels; if the photo car has them, it must be absolutely massive in person.

    It’s not bad looking, albeit a little generic. I wish they had done a riff on the signature six taillight theme. It doesn’t need separate round units like the ’65 on display in the background, but how hard would it be to have three lights per side? Even the Celebrity and Lumina had this.

    • 0 avatar
      ciddyguy

      I believe these do have 6 lights, the Impala of ’65 and later models had 2 taillight/brake light housings on either side of the car with the backups in the middle of each cluster, and the current car appears to have something akin to it.

      There are photos of them lit, in I think a post from earlier today talking about the new 2014 Impala.

      While not exactly obvious, I think the 6 light clusters DO exist on this car none the less to a degree.

      • 0 avatar
        FromaBuick6

        Yeah, most years the backup lights were part of the cluster. 1966 is the notable exception. The Caprice often had separate backup lights to distinguish it.

        Sure, they did technically use six lights, but the end result just seems generic to me. The whole point of the taillights on the old models was that they were distinctive. You could make the car as an Impala from a mile away. To many buyers, they were a status symbol of sorts. This new car, not so much.

        Then again, if you squint, the lights bear a passing resemblance to the ’94-’96 Impala SS. Not an altogether bad thing.

      • 0 avatar
        ciddyguy

        Fromabuick6,

        While I did note this car still looks to use the 6 light cluster, I never said it was the best they could do. :-)

        I tend to agree, the ’65 Imp was the best of the 60′s Imps IMO, based largely on those large, round taillights, but the whole car looked good and loved that dash they did on those cars too. That said, I’ve always had a soft spot for the ’71 Impalas as good, long time family friends had a dark green 4 door sedan Imp that had a 454 big block in it. I’ve always liked that body too, even if the Caprice just a higher optioned variant of it, even the taillights were the same that year, but with bright trim around the lamps, rather than the integrated painted panel of the Imps. The Nova used a 2 lamp cluster variant of that same design as well for ’73-74.

        at any rate, I agree, these on the new mule look somewhat generic.

    • 0 avatar
      ciddyguy

      As I said in the previous Impala post from earlier today, this isn’t bad looking at all though I get the feeling this is one HUGE car though, no matter the color it might be painted in.

      Spotted the new Taurus the other day and it was a BIG CAR as it cruised along side me to my left in rush hour traffic and the Impala looks to be as big, or bigger, judging from the photos and that’s much too much car for me.

      However, I have to reverse some of my comments on the interior from earlier as these photos better show the interior and I have to agree with Jack, some of the details don’t look nearly as good as they did in the flattering photos of the car. It’s true that what we’re seeing is likely the pre-pruduction car and perhaps some of the details like the top of the dash will integrate better on production cars or be eliminated all together, though I like that they are trying to do here.

      That steering wheel, dunno as I’ve been lukewarm on many of the steering wheels currently in use as the similar center shape gets used by many companies as of late, right down to the burnished “silver” trim around the perimeter of the wheel’s center.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    If you want a large comfortable sedan with plenty of power but no pretension of sportiness or driver involvement, this may not be bad at all. But if I wanted that I would probably just get a V6 Camry.

    This interior may not be as nice as some pictures suggest, but it is better than the previous and light years ahead of the Playskool early 2000s Impala.

    If it has a lower beltline than the sitting-in-a-bathtub Taurus, I can guarantee I would pick this Impala over it. I could not believe how claustrophobic and overrated the interior of that bloated Ford is.

    • 0 avatar
      dtremit

      The ergonomics of the Taurus interior are a disaster — which is sad, because the 500 it replaced didn’t feel that way at all. Admittedly, I’m a big guy — but a few months ago I found myself needing to switch rental cars, and went from a Fusion to a Taurus. Incredible how much more comfortable and spacious the Fusion was.

      That said, the Taurus interior was a lot nicer to look at than this mess appears to be.

  • avatar
    PJ McCombs

    Really like the clean, A4/IS350-aping rear three quarter view. Wish the team that did the front had talked to the team that did the back.

    I’m guessing the interior will look a lot better in typical customer cars, without the faux marble and Velveeta-yellow leather–Chevy makes some seriously goofy choices with its show-off ‘premium’ cabins. But why are the gauges scripted in the same font as a ’94 Cutlass Supreme?

    Cowl and beltline look awfully high. Hope this isn’t another big family car with a tiny-feeling cabin, like the Taurus.

  • avatar
    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    So the redesigned Malibu gets two round tailights and the redesigned Impala gets no round tailights? GM let me say WTF?

    Three round on the Impala or no dice.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    I don’t know why there is all this lament over the LS4 no longer being offered in the current Impala or in this future Impala. At 303 HP, the 3.6L V6 offers the exact same power the LS4 did with two less cylinders, in a lighter package, and with better fuel efficiency.

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      Preciscely. I drove said new package of 3.6 and 6 speed and found it great. 85mph and less than 2000 rpm, composed quiet cruiser. The lady driving it (fleet model provided by employer) reported that with 3000 miles on the odometer she was getting 28mpg in mixed interstate/state hwy/city driving. Yes it didn’t quite have the torque of a V8 but it was a pleasure to drive. It was the first Impala since the FWD model was brought out in 2000 that I might actually want to buy.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      The LS4 made its peak horsepower 1000RPM lower than the 3.6L, produced 62lb-ft more peak torque at 900RPM lower, and sounded like it was out of 1962.

      For me, that’s worth the weight and fuel economy hit.

      The 3.6L is a fine engine, but it’s no SBC replacement.

      • 0 avatar
        Educator(of teachers)Dan

        If they matted it to say a HD 6 speed so it could get 30 mpg the 90% of the time I’m not trying to “cruise” like 16 year old kid I’d be sold on the LS4.

  • avatar
    ciddyguy

    Again, I posted in the wrong spot today (sigh), but let me add this, the Impala I know is meant to be a large family car, a D segment vehicle at that and the Celebrity was considered of that size category, but it wasn’t nearly as big as the then current Impala during the entire 80′s.

    Even so, the Celebrity wasn’t a small car by any means for the day but the Imp, being rear wheel drive back then, was even larger, closer to the top of the D class in size and made do with a V8 for propulsion, rather than a V6 at best for the Celeb (and FWD).

    The current Impala, though FWD will be some of the largest FWD cars in existence these days but with considerably better mileage than its forebears will have gotten more than likely.

    Overall, though a decidedly large car in size, it’s not bad looking.

  • avatar
    Felis Concolor

    The membrane switches on the steering wheel appear especially cheap, but looks can be deceiving. Are the covers rubber or the same sort of plastic used for all those cheap credit-card remotes which end up tucked into the far corners of a drawer, lost between sofa cushions or kicked under the bed? Are there proper switches beneath the buttons, or is it just a circuit board with foil contacts?

    I have not seen all offerings from all automakers, but among all I have seen, there are many forms of rocker, momentary and toggle switches; there are no membrane switches that I have found. The Impala’s steering wheel switchgear is the cheapest looking I have seen and it strongly reinforces the belief the steering wheel – and by extension many other subsystems – have been built to price instead of spec.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    I think it looks pretty good but will reserve final judgement until I can see in person. A much better effort than the dreary still looks almost the same as before ES 350 or the weird bland MKZ with an Oldsmobile like front grille. This car still has a recognizable Impala look without looking anything like the previous car which is something that other manufacturers seem to have a very hard time with. With that said I hate the steering wheel and the Lacrosse like melted pancake over the instrument cluster look. GM would have been wise to get the 2.5 liter engine paired with the eAssist system when this car debuted for the increase in power and better mileage over the old 2.4 but using the 195 HP regular 2.5 version in this large of a car is a mistake. The new upcoming 259 HP turbo T would be a much better base engine for this car. So far I prefer this over the current Taurus which still uses it’s noisier 3.5, has that interior size reducing massive center console, mail slit trunk opening, low roofline with resulting tiny windows and poor visibility problem. I hope Chevy did better with this car than they did with the mediocre LaCrosse.

  • avatar
    Maintainer

    Suddenly it’s 1977!

    This is where Impala should have been 5 years ago.. It’s a good car. No joke! It’s a good car. My 70 year old dad LOVES his 2010 Impala, LOVES it.
    I think it’s sweet that Chevy likes it’s oldsters this much.


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