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2014 Chevrolet Impala test drive review

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The Kansas City Automotive Examiner recently spent a week with the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ. We found it to be better than the outgoing car in nearly every measure, and as good or better than anything you can buy in this segment. Let’s take a look at this luxurious, technology-paced new Chevy.

The first thing that hits you with this car is how nice it has become. This car is nicer than most new Cadillacs were five years ago. How nice? We’re talking six-way power memory seats with lumbar support. We’re talking about a huge power sunroof with rear-seat skylight. We’re talking about heated and cooled leather, and a heated steering wheel. We’re talking about passive entry and keyless start. We’re talking about soothing blue mood lighting. Backup camera? Check. Lane change and collision alert sensors? Check and check. This car had it all.

And if you’re a technophile, you’ll be right at home in the new Impala. Chevy’s MyLink system is run through an eight-inch touch screen. With it, you can operate your GPS, weather maps, Bluetooth and Onstar, climate control, and more. Of course, the stereo is also in there, and you can listed to Sirius/XM, terrestrial radio, or sync it up to your personal mobile devices. The sound pours beautifully from six perfectly-positioned Bose speakers. And surprisingly, it wasn’t even very difficult to figure out.

This car had the up-level 3.6-liter, direct injection V6 connected to a six-speed transmission. You can find this powertrain in everything from Camaros to Cadillacs these days, and there’s a good reason for that. It is a nice setup, churning out an impressive 305-hp and 264-lb/ft of torque. This car has strong, smooth power throughout the speed range. You never find yourself thinking, “Man, this thing could use some more suds.”

It handles nice too. This car is a front-wheel-drive, so you certainly aren’t going to power fishtail through the turns, but it has its own positive feel. Even compared to the previous generation Impala, it corners flatter, and just feels plain better. They have made such huge strides in front-wheel-drive technology lately, you rarely wish you are driving an older, rear-wheel-drive platform. This car had 19-inch wheels on Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires (18s and 20s are also available), and it had a great balance between handling and ride quality.

Of course, the thing that most people commented on was the looks. Every single person that came up to talk about it had positive things to say about the appearance. That’s a big improvement over the last generation, which most people think looks like a rental car. All the scoops, creases, and chrome really made this car look substantial. That quarter window is just a thing of beauty.

This test car was $39,505, so it certainly isn’t an economy car. But this particular example was loaded to the gills, and you can buy one for a more reasonable starting price of just over $25,000.

Check out this link for a complete slideshow of our 2014 Chevrolet Impala test vehicle.

For more articles from this author, including car show coverage, Kansas City car event schedules, and other vehicle reviews, visit www.hovermotorco.com.

And for more on the 2014 Impala, visit http://www.chevrolet.com/impala-4-door-sedan.html.

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