By on August 23, 2013

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The W-Body Chevrolet Impala, a TTAC darling, made way for an all-new Epsilon II version this year, and TTAC was initially skeptical about the changeover. But being such fans of the outgoing Impala meant that we’d have to review the car. Twice.

Monday will see us two side by side reviews of the 2014 Impala. The first will be a thorough run-down of a press car by our man Alex Dykes. The second will take a look at a 2014 Impala rental by veteran traveling salesman Bark M. Given the importance of fleet sales to the Impala in past years and Chevy’s states goal of increasing retail sales, we’ll be able to get perspectives from both sides of the fence.

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101 Comments on “TTAC Celebrates America’s Sweetheart With Impala Day...”


  • avatar
    NN

    looked over one of these at the dealer yesterday while getting the oil changed on my ’10 Malibu. It was a base LS model but still looked like a nicely equipped vehicle. Had the 2.5L 4 cyl. Window sticker said $28k. You can look at that two ways…1) that’s a big car, looks like it’s pretty well equipped, good looking, good value. 2) last year you could probably buy a base model rental-grade Impala at $17-18k after incentives. Either way, guy at the dealer said they have been selling as soon as they get them.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    The coffin lid hood is a mistake. I’m sure the car in the show photo has been fettled to the nth degree, but the terrible design of the hood makes the fit of the cut-lines look like something off a Ford.

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      “the terrible design of the hood”

      Makes me expect a pedal to step on so the hood pops up like those old kitchen trashcans.

      And too reminiscent of a toilet lid.

    • 0 avatar
      ash78

      All I think of here (beyond the aesthetics) is feeling like the engine is inaccessible for maintenance. Not every car needs a full cowl/hood like a Corvette, but my lower back already hurts just considering DIY work here.

    • 0 avatar
      rudiger

      FWIW, in the auto industry in the past, front opening hood styles were described as either ‘hatch’ or ‘alligator’. The new Impala has a hatch-style hood.

      • 0 avatar
        Type57SC

        Generally, the hatch style is strongly perferred by styling because the overslam gaps are hidden. Tougher to make the traditional style look nice on some designs where you can put the upper grill on the hood stamping.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I’m sure the raised hood would have more room with which to crumple were a pedestrian’s head to hit it. Moreover, the car pictured is a pre-production model, and may not have had its hood aligned properly. For what its worth, I actually like the raised-hood design…

      • 0 avatar
        doctor olds

        Isn’t the standard primarily to require a higher sort of front face so that pedestrians aren’t hit so low on their bodies?I have had the impression that was the reason for the trend in design. I don’t think it has much that much to do with sheetmetal crushing. Any crash safety experts out there?

        • 0 avatar
          Lorenzo

          I’m not a crash safety expert, but I hit a small deer at 35 MPH. I’m thankful it was in a ’72 Wagoneer and the deer became one with the grille. I remember seeing a photo of a car that hit a moose in Canada.

          The moose rolled over the hood, through the windshield and out the back window. The cow catcher front ends may reduce pedestrian injury in a low-speed collision, but I don’t want the memory of a pedestrian’s facial expression just before traveling through my passenger compartment.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          Well, pedestrian-safety is a multifaceted approach. The business about taller front-fascias is true. But there is also a concern about what happens if and when a pedestrian’s body lands on the hood. In that case, you want more space between the sheetmetal and the engine so that the landing is softer. If the hood crumples partway only to hit the engine, it will be a very painful and damaging experience for said pedestrian. What all of this does for a vehicle’s aesthetics, however, is entirely up for debate. I think the BMW 7-Series, in particular, looks kind of cartoonish with these safety standards, but the looks might be because the platform also has to support the Rolls-Royce Ghost…

        • 0 avatar
          Boxer2500

          The EU pedestrian safety regulations require somewhere in the ballpark of 10 cm of crush space between the hood and any hard parts underneath.

  • avatar
    Da Coyote

    I loathe, hate, despise, and f*rt in the general direction of Gubmit Motors.

    But….that is a very nice looking car.

    There, I’ve said it…arghhhhhhh!

  • avatar
    Aquineas

    Good looking car. I wonder actually if the traditional gold bowtie on the grill might be hurting it a bit? I am saying this without malice, but I believe the car might look a bit more upscale without it, or with a de-emphasized version? A question of “the sins of my father.”

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      ++
      Deservedly or not, the bowtie has become like a neck tattoo or belching at a recital for this car’s market.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        A simple, blue outline bowtie would be a massive improvement.

        • 0 avatar
          Kenmore

          I don’t think middle-classers over 40 will ever give the bowtie a break no matter how tastefully presented. Except maybe in the Midwest where we still have “Military Avenue”s with no self consciousness about it.

          Strange but Chevy’s own website gallery is shockingly drab and inept at showing off this Impala. A general Google image search turns up some stunning views. The front 3/4 aspect is the plainest thing about this car.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Anyone for a coupe?

            http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/8762/2014chevroletimpalacoup.jpg

            …This is nice

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Lie2me

            Oh f*** yeah!

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            Holy bad-word… that’s the first car since 1968 to warrant the emblem.

            What next? American steel in Craftsman tools?

          • 0 avatar
            Aquineas

            You’re spot on. That being said, I drool over the new Vette, particularly in red.

            And that new Coupe is beautiful! But it seems like the shelf-life of coupes is pretty short (see Nissan Altima Coupe and Honda Accord Coupe).

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            So close, so seemingly easy… C’on GM, show us why you were once the greatest, build it, don’t think about it, just do it!

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    I saw the Cadillac version of this the other week. Like this car, it somehow manages to be both droopy and high-waisted at the same time. Not a good look at all.

  • avatar
    340-4

    Spent some time behind the wheel of a ’14 2LT, fairly loaded, recently.

    It’s a very nice car. I’m not sure if I was as impressed as I was because I’ve spent 3000 miles behind the wheel of two of the previous gen Impalas, or because it really genuinely honestly is a very nice car. Frame of reference, I suppose.

    Plenty of power (3.6), clean exterior, improved fit and finish, an interior an order of magnitude better than the previous gen and a pleasant, controlled ride.

    It seemed expensive at first, but considering the features and the apparent quality of the vehicle it didn’t feel overpriced.

    And a brown interior! That was a pleasant surprise.

    Blue Ray Metallic with the Mojave leather interior, please.

    • 0 avatar
      Acd

      I rented one recently and was similarly impressed–I have walked away from plenty of previous generation Impalas at the rental car counter the same way I walked away from Tauruses 8 to 10 years ago. Both were miserable rental appliances that I couldn’t wait to drop back off. This car drives better than any previous Impala has to the point where it really ought to have been called something else.

      • 0 avatar
        340-4

        Acd – exactly!

        The plain versions (LT, 1LT, 2LT) could be Impala.

        But the fully loaded LTZ should have been the Caprice.

        Drove another one yesterday – an LTZ with everything but the 20″ wheels – which confirmed my first impressions.

        Although the salesman said ‘you know, those Lacrosses are better, and the ’13′s have big rebates. (3500 off invoice!)….’

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          Some will claim I’m being unreasonable, as they have prior regarding the point I’m about to make, but I don’t think $3500 off invoice is that great a deal. I negotiated $7,200 my last new car purchase, which had a MSRP of just under 29k.

          Granted, driving a killer deal on a vehicle has to do with supply and demand, and new models typically are not weighed down with incentive cash on the hood, but I’ve been able to negotiate 15% to 23% off of MSRP (true, not off of invoice) with relative ease.

          I do believe the pick up (pun?) in sales volume of passenger cars has been fueled in large part by aggressive deals (especially leases), where the big % of profits have come from CUV & pick up truck sales, which both have way more profitability baked into them (probably 3x as much or more).

  • avatar
    ash78

    The pics don’t do it justice, the car looks much better in person. To the point where you say “that’s a Chevy?” I guess that’s a good thing these days. It reminds me of the first time I saw a current top-trim Sonata a few years ago. That’s a Hyndai? There’s something about the fit and flow that isn’t captured well in the pics.

    The Ford Taurus, IMHO, is the worst-looking sedan sold today, so this thing is aesthetically like an Aston in comparison. And I’m a Ford cheerleader. I just can’t stand the thing.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Agreed – this car (like many new models it seems) looks much better in person. See my post below.

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        Strongly agree that 80% of a car’s character is invisible to the camera. This Impala will probably replace the Fusion as my exhibit A for that opinion.

        Strangely, Chevy’s website gallery is shockingly drab and inept at showing off the best aspects of this one. A general Google image search yields some real stunners.

    • 0 avatar
      rudiger

      Yeah, provided no overriding mechanical or ergonomic issues crop up, the new Impala should eat the Taurus’ lunch on appearance, alone. It takes GM a long time to get around to a major model update and, for once, it looks like it was worth the wait.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I don’t know anyone at Ford that likes the current Taurus, besides a few SHO fans that forget that it still looks like it needs bariatric surgery. Ford would rather sell you an Fusion or Explorer for the same money. It’s almost ridiculous how much better the Explorer and Flex are compared to the sedan they are related to.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        I feel a Flex will be a good used buy down the road a bit – assuming I could find the trim level and color I wanted. But I feel I wouldn’t be able to. :(

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          A buddy of mine has a Flex Limited with the 3.5L GTDI in that burgundy color with the white roof. I quite like it, but I think I might prefer the dark blue. It’s a nice drive, with comfortable seats and a lot of thrust.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I would definitely want a limited, and one without the silver bit at the back. The redesign with LED’s has really dated the older ones very quickly, so I think I’d want one of the new style.

            And multiple sunroofs. And single colored. They look good in that dark purple metallic too – one of the few cars I’d get in that color.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          I wanted to buy a used Flex with the 3.5GTDI. I ended up buying an MkT. Most of the MkTs have the 3.5GTDI, so dealers aren’t asking for such a price premium. It was impossible to find a Flex Limited with the colors and options I wanted. My MkT has the dual roof and is black on black.

          My inlaws have a 2014 Flex that is dark gray with a back roof. It has the dual roof, the sweet black 20″ wheels, and the 3.5 GTDI. All the management leases are going from 2013 Explorer Sports to 2014 Flex Limiteds.

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          I hate the front end on the pre-facelift models, but the post-facelift one looks exceptional.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      We just got a Sonata Limited (naturally-aspirated engine) with panoramic sunroof and navigation, and I love it.

      As per your other comment, Ford and GM generally dancee around each other in terms of who makes the best cars overall. The Malibu sucks compared to the Fusion, but as you basically said, the Taurus is a dog compared to the new Impala. The Fiesta is ahead of the Sonic, but the Cruze as has the Focus beat. They are honestly about even in terms of the F-150/Mark LT (yes, they still make a Mark LT) versus the Silverado/Sierra. Now I’m a huge GM fan, but it’s not because I think GM is beyond reproach.

      And worst-looking sedan sold today? That dubious distinction belongs to the disproportionate Nissan Versa if you ask me…

  • avatar

    They look surprisingly nice in person, very upscale, and I won’t be surprised if they do well in their segment. The character line that runs back and then curves over the rear wheel works as intended and gives the car a distinctive look.

    • 0 avatar
      IHateCars

      Agreed….saw my first one in the wild the other day….a black LTZ. It’s a very handsome car…I find it a tad heavy in the trunk line/rear end but otherwise very nice….very upscale looking. Big though…

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      While I think the car looks the best in dark colors, I have a hard time with the body line swoop that runs along the rear doors and quarters. It feels to angularish and Avenger-like to me. It’s not horrbile, just a pet peeve. Like the two door handles on the side of the Charger that aren’t on the same plane and look cock-eyed, but I drive one of those anyway.

      • 0 avatar
        Type57SC

        I thought Buick the first time I looked at that feature line, but think it looks attractive here

        • 0 avatar
          Kyree S. Williams

          Really, the Buick LaCrosse looks quite a bit clumsier than the Impala and XTS with which it shares a platform and feels cheaper inside than both of them…and that doesn’t appear to have been fixed with the (yet-to-be-released) 2014 facelift. Honestly, I think the Impala will be the LaCrosse’s biggest competitor…not good for GM.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    I have no doubt that this car is a HUGE improvement over the outgoing model (or the heritage model) however you want to phrase it, but I still have a hard time getting excited about this car. I think that is the case with a lot of the recent volume chevy’s. Cruze, Malibu, Impala, new Silverado. While they may be priced well, feature laden, they are just not swinging for anywhere near the fences on styling IMO.

    I suppose the last thing they need is a dud on their hands due to agressive/bold styling. But when you look at the success of the Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, Focus, Escape, to a lesser extent the new Mazda6,(plenty of other examples I am sure) it is apparent that styling sells cars. It may not be enough to sell a practical volume intended car outright, but I think it may get people off the fences who are considering several models from different manufacturers.

    • 0 avatar
      carguy

      The full size market is pretty conservative and it seems GM has struck a good balance of modernity and understated elegance. The car really looks good in person and the design will most likely age well (unlike the Hyundai Sonata which is already looking dated).

      • 0 avatar
        thegamper

        I have seen them in person and dont think they look any better than in pics, they still look underwhelming IMO. Not ugly by any means, just saying I think Chevy could take some chances on the styling of their volume cars. I was never a huge fan of the Sonata eiher, but the styling moved the metal, and if anything, I would say that the Sonata’s styling now seems for familiar/conservative than when it first came out and aging rather well. My two cents.

    • 0 avatar
      Featherston

      I really like the look of the Cruze, largely because it is so conservative. It’s almost unique because the rest of the market is so self-consciously outré. And while I’m not a huge fan of Chevy’s championship belt grille, I think it works best on the Cruze.

      Incidentally, I don’t reflexively hate new. I think the C3 Audi 100/200/5000 and the 9th-gen Thunderbird, for example, were huge improvements over their predecessors.

      I totally agree with carguy regarding the Sonata and its overwrought character lines.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        I hear ya’. I actually think the Cruze has an Audi-esque profile to it. It has to do with the proportions and its stance, which architects refer to as rho (I think).

        I would actually consider a Cruze, but for 2 things (and this is coming from someone who NEVER thought he’d buy a front wheel drive compact ever again:

        1. It has a back seat that’s too small (if Nissan can give the Sentra a large backseat, so can Chevy if they tried).

        2. Long term reliability & durability is still an unknown.

        As for the new Impala, it certainly looks as good as any of the Asians, and better than most of them (*cough*Acura*cough*Toyota*), but I am not exactly enamored with the dash, though to be fair, that’s based on pictures of it alone.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    I have not driven one, I have not sat in one or checked one out t the dealer. I’ve read the rave review CR gave the 2014 LTZ Impala (I think the LTZ part is important).

    With that said, I’ve already seen three in the wild. All three times I was not looking for an Impala, my eyes were drawn to, “ooooo what is that,” and I have to say, it looks really good in dark blue.

    Seeing how many early in the game I’m seeing running around and how they positively stand out, along with the CR review, appears GM got this one right.

    • 0 avatar
      TorontoSkeptic

      I also read that CR rave (and they are not a magazine to ordinarily rave about most auto-related things) and I’m definitely interested. For now I don’t need a full size but if we have another kid some kind of larger car will be necessary…

      As a cheapskate, this car is absolutely awesome. It’s going to sell below MSRP and depreciate like crazy – as all GM cars do – and when these are selling on Craigslist for $10k a few years down the road I’ll be the first one in line to buy one.

      • 0 avatar
        Sceptic

        How about a brand new one with nice basic equipment for under 20K? THAT is what it will take to move these on the coasts.
        Chevrolet brand has no value proposition for customers outside of the Midwest. What are they doing to earn customer respect? Sure, the car is nice, but as been said above it does not get people excited. The only way this can compete is based on value, it’s a good idea to start with price.

        • 0 avatar
          TorontoSkeptic

          Exactly, and Toronto is the most extreme I’ve ever seen in anti-domestic bias. One reason I bought my 2005 Pontiac for $4k which was thousands below book value – there is simply no market for them.

          At the same time people have no problem selling 5 year old base-trim Civics with “only” 85,000 miles on them for $10k+. It’s just a matter of supply and demand.

          Combine a hatred for domestics with a market that’s much more focused on compacts and the Impala is going to be a total steal in the used market a couple years down the road.

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          FWIW – I live on the coast in a city where the Prius is the number one car sold and Tesla sightings are quite ordinary. I’m shocked at the fact I’ve seen 3 2014s in the last few days (all different colors so not the same one over and over) in the five mile radius I typically drive in the well heeled burbs.

          Coastal buyers read CR, and the 95 and favorable comparison to the A6 and LS460 in same review is going to catch their attention.

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        Ya, when you find that 50% depreciated five year old non-salvage title G8 for sale please provide a link.

        • 0 avatar
          doctor olds

          @APaGttH- You are killing me. I want a GXP.

          • 0 avatar
            Nick_515

            G8s provoke a painful reaction in me. I see them on dealer lots, and every now and then on the highway, and they stop the show for me. But that interior… it just isn’t a special place to be.

            I have never sat or driven one – maybe I’d fall for it if I did.

          • 0 avatar
            APaGttH

            There are GXPs selling in the low 30′s still and a dogged out GT pushing 100K miles can command $20K.

            Pretty amazing how much their value has held up.

            The interior was light years ahead of the W-Body Grand Prix and the Bonneville the G8 replaced, but it is clear GM cut corners. But it is a good interior by any measure.

            I have said I would have gladly paid another $2K had GM put another $500 into the standard interior. With that said, at 4-1/2 years old the inside looks like the day I bought it.

        • 0 avatar
          aristurtle

          The G8 has held up its value amazingly well and I’m still kicking myself for not picking one up while I could. During the carpocalypse, a co-worker of mine got a great deal on an optioned-up one far under MSRP because of the whole “Pontiac shutting down” thing temporarily depressing the price.

          That said, the G8 is the outlier here — depreciation hasn’t exactly been kind to, say, the G6.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            This is true. Many G8s are still trading for the same price they were asking 4 years ago.

          • 0 avatar
            kjb911

            When my parents divorced in March my mother took the G8 we had and traded it in on a Buick Encore…I was devastated, I loved that car. On another note I just took a job at a Chevy Dealer next to my house, deciding it was a better opportunity than staying at my miserable job I currently have. They have literally one impala and can’t keep it long enough to sell so that should say something about how GM starved their best shot on gaining some ground. Really hope they get in more soon, as of right now the lot is filled with 14 Camaros and Vettes

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    @ thegamper

    How can “Mazda6″ and “styling sells cars” coexist in the same comment?

    • 0 avatar
      ash78

      Hahaha, agreed. I applaud some bold uniqueness, but the current crop of mainstream Asian and Korean cars are going to look pretty bad in a decade. Like a teenage girl with too much makeup, bleached hair, and a dark tan.

      Short-term sale.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      Very true. Look up the old Mazda6 reviews at TTAC. And yet the only place I ever saw them were at rental agencies. They sold so poorly Mazda moved production back to Japan.

      The Fusion also emphasizes styling, but the reviews haven’t been so kind.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    My goodness, I’m on cloud 9 about this car – of course all of you would expect that from me!

    Can’t wait to get chance to drive one.

    What a beautiful machine. Imagine this in a coupe style. Perhaps a future classic…

    • 0 avatar
      doctor olds

      @Zackman- I like the way you think!

      • 0 avatar
        mikey

        Me to, Zackman…Am Impala coupe ! We can only hope.

        Anyway, I like the 2014. Its good to see them flying of the lots. Whats good for GM is good for me.
        While the 14 is very sweet I also like the clean styling of the 13. Now make it an LTZ, with the Camaro motor like Zackman did. You got yourself a very nice car,that will last forever. I still got some regrets about trading my 09. I do know that Oshawa is still running the 13 style. I don’t know if their available retail.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Pfft ain’t gon be no Monte.

  • avatar

    “Americas Sweetheart”??? Geez, the 93 & 95 Saabs, even ones in junkyards STILL look better.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    PrincipalDan, first letter to the Impalas;

    May I remind you, Brothers and Sisters in horsepower, that GM found it good and right to bring forth the Impala first on the B-platform and bless it with long life of 27 years (1958-1985) until killed in a jealous rage by its younger and more chrome laden brother Caprice. This sin could not stand in the eyes of the automotive gods and Caprice was killed 11 years later by Satan in the disguise of SUV.

    GM saw fit to resurrect Impala at the turn of the millennium in an attempt to bring more buyers to the W-body. GM again blessed Impala with a long life allowing the W-Impala to begot the Epsilon II – Impala and see his progeny to become iconic once again.

    Believe in GM and all things will come to pass.

    Amen

    (This will all make sense to the TTAC faithful from a Jack Baruth Juke review.) ;)

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I like that it’s such a big car, I just wish the face wasn’t so tall. It’s got the Traverse face on it, which is too lumpy for a sedan. It is eye catching because of it’s length, and dare I say looks better outside than the Cadillac.

    But I think that’s because this rather mundane platform should be used for a mid-level car, not a premium offering.

  • avatar
    hf_auto

    To those that have seen this in person: How does the steering wheel look in person?
    In photos and on paper, I love everything about this car until I see an interior picture with the steering wheel. I find it repulsive in photos, to the point where I don’t think I could stand having that thing in front of me. I wonder if it’s better in person?

    • 0 avatar
      340-4

      It’s not. It’s the one thing about the car so far that I have trouble with, having driven two of them at different trim levels.

      It doesn’t feel premium at all, and the odd button system for your fingers feels kinda cheap.

      Contrast this with the Charger AWD SXT Plus I drove yesterday – that steering wheel is da bomb, particularly the buttons and the shifting paddles – perfect.

      An AWD 3.6 8A loaded Charger for less than an Impala.

      Tough choice.

  • avatar
    Prado

    This is one of those cars that looks a lot better in person than it does in pictures. It has presence. In pictures it looks like a mildly worked over Buick Lucerne when it real life it looks 1000 times better than the Buick.

  • avatar
    Kevin Kluttz

    Why are we giving this POS so much ink? Are you turning into Car and Driver after all? I’ll take an Accord, please.

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      Maybe its getting so much ink because early reports indicate that the car is that good. Of course, that’d be hard to believe for someone with the Honda blinders on.

      • 0 avatar
        SayMyName

        GM apparently did a fine job with the new Impala. I just can’t quite figure out how the Impala manages to be such a worthwhile improvement over the comparatively underwhelming Lacrosse that it’s based on.

        So, tomorrow’s dual reviews should be very interesting.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Thank you for your thoughtful insight. I assumed you’ve canceled your Consumer Reports subscription too? They seem to think its the best sedan you can buy today – period. Something about scoring a 95 in their evaluations, comparisons to the Audi A6 and Lexus LS460. Highest scoring sedan you can buy today…ehhh…what do they know. They’re so biased in favor of GM anyway.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        People that have decried CR in the past for being “anti-domestic” are now praising it from the highest mountain tops.

        Me? I think CR is being CR, merely speaking truth more consistently than not (they’re mot infallible, but they’re the best source for accurate reviews and factual information accessible to everyone).

        That they rated the new Impala a 95, and compared its redeeming attributes to thou hallowed ground occupied by “the big Lexus” must be a total mind melt for some.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          The Accord is still second or third in the mid-size CR class–Mazda 6 and Camry are first and/or second, even though the Accord did hold the top spot for awhile this year.

          The Imp is in their full-size class.

          However, the truth still is that 95 Rating–that’s Lexus LS territory, as stated.

          If the interior can stay rattle-free (which I somewhat doubt, given all the intersections and pieces on the dash–and could I get an Imp with Active Cruise and none of the leather dash-toppers and/or that gawdawful two-tone interior for, say $32K instead of $40K, please?), and this thing proves to be reliable, after five years, then Chevy will have EARNED my respect!

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      No, man… I’ve been Japanese since the 80s, Camry since the 90s but a couple weeks ago at the airport I stumbled out the door futzing in by shoulder bag and when I looked up…bam… I had almost walked right into one of these in a darker metallic red. Midbrain is faster than cortex and the rear 3/4 view made my jaw drop. F-ing gorgeous.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I thought America’s Sweetheart was the Corvette…

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      It used to be Lindsay Lohan

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        Now it’s Chelsea Manning.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          I’m not going to lie, I was so confused about that story. Even being under 30, I am not up to speed on gender identity issues. When there was a news alert on my phone yesterday, I thought Bradley Manning actually was, physcially, a woman. Having served in the military, it hurt my brain how this could have been overlooked. Now I just feel like a dummy.

          • 0 avatar
            Kenmore

            I know… this coming immediately after his conviction challenges credibility. I suppose it’s just coincidence that the..individual is now a protagonist in two of the hottest-button social issues of the day.

            I don’t care about his gender identity beyond not wanting to help pay for any change in it. Bad enough we’re already stuck with feeding, clothing, doctoring and protecting the little…..

          • 0 avatar
            Nick_515

            How would you know? It’s been consistently under-reported, though you’d have known if you have access to non-mainstream media. Besides, Manning was under solitary confinement for a really long time – seven months, I think – which didn’t help it.

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    Now, if they only would get rid of the stupid gold badge.

    GM, it ain’t the nineties no more. Gold badging does not look good.

  • avatar
    burnbomber

    We drove fleet Impalas for years going back 2 generations, and they were the best thing ever. Massive trunk and honest, comfortable room for 4. Fairly quiet with a nice, responsive high value V6 and auto 4 speed. That combo got as good mileage (almost) as the silly hybrids we’ve got now. That combo nets 28 mpg, our Fusion hybrids get 31-32 and the fleet champion are the Focus sedans that get 35-36. That’s personally checked in multiple driving sessions.

    Let me explain we put lots of miles on the fleet cars, visiting our customers. Most all office travel is by car; we’re regional and don’t cross regions, so very little air travel. The motor pool car’s are always on the road.

    I’d have one in a NY minute given the proper deal, which would make it slightly less than half of the equivalent imported media darlings. I concur with TorontoSkeptic. It’s $4k vs $10k, and that’s not even trying hard. I’ve seen ads with reasonably looking domestics for less than $2k, but I’ve not physically verified that.

    Is the prior generation W body going to have all the attributes of a new model anything? No, of course not. But it will be a 95% solution, cause that’s the percentage you’ll be cruising in traffic or with passengers, having to drive comfortably. I can only manage to do my outlandish driving about 1/20th of my time behind the wheel. Those times, I want the Focus, or my Miata. They are very rare opportunities, and that makes the W-body a very attractive solution.

  • avatar
    Robbie

    Why not change the name? “Impala” just screams “cheap crappy rental”… can’t they find some other African animal? How about say, “Chevrolet Antelope”?

    To keep the Impala name is similar to trying to market a Chevrolet Yugo.

    • 0 avatar
      kjb911

      My father’s unmarked car while he was still on the force was a 08 Impala LT and quite honestly I loved it, sure it was cheap but for some reason always had a place in my heart, the generation before should have never been called an impala

  • avatar
    George Herbert

    Was that perchance the two test cars and chase vehicle that ran up 580 in Oakland around noon today?..

  • avatar
    mars3941

    Just finished a 1600 mile trip and didn’t see one new Impala, just a few Malibu’s along with Camery’s with some other makes thrown in. The car most seen by a wide margin was the new Fusion. Most of them being the up scale version. Looks like Ford hit the mark with this car. The Impala is to pricey, needs to give big rebates plus dealer discounts to really sell.


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