The 2014 Chevy Impala has made its grand re-entry into the market as a hot number. A new bold and sexy new look, the tenth generation Chevy Impala is a pretty darn good mix of form and function. Chevy has certainly kicked that drab rental fleet look to the curb and conjured up a new breed of Impala which is more than just a pretty face.
The Impala has presence! Nice character lines, curves, aggressive/muscular sculpting all around its "made ya look" exterior. The full-sized sedan's sharp restyled Camaro-like grill, nicely placed chrome touches, Lexus-like headlights, wrap-around taillights, sleek fastback-styled rear, dual chrome exhausts--the Impala's exterior all comes together in a stunning way to create a swept-back look that is immediately visually appealing and you certainly won't be the only one who thinks so.
Inside the five-seater vehicle's striking dual cockpit cabin is a sophisticated design that is certainly driver and passenger oriented, all of the controls are right within the driver's reach and feel pretty substantial to the touch. At first glance, you'll notice a dramatic sweep on the dash that travels towards the rear. The 'folks worked overtime' craftsmanship is so apparent in the Impala, as high-grade materials and soft touch plastics are used throughout the interior layout. The layout of the cabin is roomy to the tenth power. For tall and/or pleasingly plump passengers, there is so much room to stretch out in both the front and rear in seating that is a pleasure to occupy. The cuddle-your-elbows center console and door armrests are just the necessary touch that folks need.
The Impala's cabin is also churchy quiet and is outfitted with the latest and greatest technological features such as the MyLink touch screen interface (standard in the LT and LTZ models with navigation optional) for audio, nav and phone operations, iPod and USB inputs; a CD player; and a 4.2-inch color display. Here's a real sensible touch, the Impala's front passenger is able to pair a phone or program the nav system while the car is in motion if the occupant sensor detects that someone is in that seat.
If you like a huge trunk, the Impala's measures 18.8 cubic feet which means you can stuff and stuff until your arms get tired.
Does the big boy handle well?
The Impala comes in three trims--LS, LT and LTZ. The test vehicle was the mid-range LT which comes with an optional 3.6-liter V6 rated at 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque (this is also optional on LTZ models) . For a big car, the Impala handles very well, offering a real premium drive. You won't get that Euro-ride feel in this American car but the drive nonetheless is totally apple pie, warm and fuzzy comfy and luxurious.
Acceleration is respectable in the Impala and the 5-passenger vehicle proved that it can certainly keep up with the likes of its other competitors like the Toyota Avalon and Dodge Charger. The Impala's independent suspension at each wheel offered a controlled ride over pavement that was crumbling, soaking it up like only a luxury vehicle could. The four-wheel discs braking system will truly impress and inspire confidence particularly in such a big vehicle. Steering was on-point and the Impala will impress you as it takes on corners with big-boy ease.
No frets safety-wise
Chevy has got you covered in the Impala as far as safety is concerned. The standards are antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Also standard on the car is GM's OnStar, a GPS-based service that will send an emergency call for help including automatic crash notification, remote door unlock and stolen vehicle assistance.
Rear parking sensors are optional on the Chevy Impala LS and LT. The rearview camera is also optional for the LT, as is a safety package with a forward collision alert system, a lane departure warning system, rear cross traffic alerts and blind spot monitoring. All of the aforementioned items are standard on the Impala LTZ. The safety package is really something to consider as it was designed to address the risk of accidents caused by driver distraction.
What's the upshot?
Chevy has put the kibosh on the once old fogy, 'rent-a-car' special, as the new 2014 Impala is a real stunner and without a doubt, a hands-down family 'take-on-lots-of-road-trips' winner.
Pricing start at $26,860. Need more info? www.chevrolet.com
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