2014 Chevrolet Impala Review

April 14, 2014
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The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala has the room, ride quality and price tag for a perfect family car. The head turner also behaves well on the road and won’t disappoint in almost all areas of performance. Check out the transformed Impala below.

UNDER THE HOOD

Every 2014 Chevrolet Impala is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 195 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission are standard. But the Impala LT and LTZ models can be had with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque.

According to the EPA, the 2014 Impala returns 21 mpg in city, 31 mpg on a highway, and 25 mpg combined with the standard 4-cylinder engine. With the V6, the figures decline to 19/29/22 mpg.

ON THE ROAD

The new Impala drives like a small car. And although it is not considered as a sport sedan, it never feels sluggish and gets more agile and balanced the longer you drive. Steering is accurate but some reviewers found it a little light. The ride is generally smooth but the suspension is not perfect because you can still feel the bumps. The Impala remains stable around turns and feels natural when going back to a straight line.

The 6-speed automatic transmission works smoothly. The V6 pushes the Impala to a competitive, exciting and seamless acceleration. No amount of engine noise can be heard in the cabin.

INSIDE THE 2014 IMPALA

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The interior of the Impala has been transformed for 2014. It finally looks sophisticated and modern. The Impala has a longer wheelbase now which expanded the legroom both in front and at the back. Seats are comfortable. There are several choices of upholstery materials, functions and adjustments especially for the front seats.

The trunk is a spacious 18.8-cubic-foot. This can even be expanded by folding the rear seatbacks down.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Chevy Impala has three trim levels namely, LS, LT and LTZ. Here are some of the standard features included in each trim level and select options as well.

LS: 10 airbags, daytime running lights, OnStar, Bluetooth, cruise control, driver information center with hi-res color display, HD radio, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio jack and 4.2-inch color screen, 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split folding rear seatback, multifunction steering wheel, remote keyless entry, satellite radio, USB port, 18-inch steel wheels

LT: 2 USB ports, 18-inch aluminum wheels, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, cloth/leatherette upholstery, 4-way power lumbar control for front-passenger seat, MyLink Radio with 8-inch touchscreen display and smartphone integration, SD card reader, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power side mirrors with turn signals, dual-outlet exhaust

LTZ: chrome exterior accents, HID headlights, rear park assist, rearview camera, LED daytime running lights, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, keyless access with push-button start, ice-blue ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, 8-way power front-passenger seat, leather seats, remote start system, 19-inch aluminum wheels

Options: rear spoiler, adaptive cruise control, driver memory function, navigation system, ventilated front seats, power sunroof, heated steering wheel, 11-speaker Bose audio system, 20-inch aluminum wheels

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