The Chevrolet Impala is a big, roomy sedan. While classified as a mid-size sedan, it’s large for that class. Close in size to the Toyota Avalon, it competes with mid-size and full-size cars. Among them: The Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima.
We find the Impala’s neat, clean lines pleasing to the eye. Its styling looks contemporary, handsome, and clean. Inside, there’s lots of room, in the front as well as the back seats, and getting in and out is easy. The Impala has a big trunk with a big lid that simplifies loading cargo, and it has a generous capacity. Optional flip-and-fold-forward rear seats are exclusive in its class, and provide not only holding wells for groceries but a flat cargo floor that expands the trunk for long items.
On the road, the Impala is very stable, a nice cruiser. There’s lots of low-end torque from the larger of the two available V6 engines, a 3.9-liter V6 with advanced technologies. Step on the gas and it goes. Given its size, the Impala handles well, and surprisingly so.
There are three trim levels, ranging from a sensible, reliable, and fuel-efficient family sedan to a more luxurious version with commendable performance and a good complement of features, and the two available V6 engines are dependable, responsive and efficient, while delivering ample performance.
The Impala LS comes with a 207-hosepower 3.5-liter V6, a four-speed automatic transmission, cloth upholstery, six-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone air conditioning, power windows, programmable power locks, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with six speakers, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, cruise control, 16-inch steel wheels, a tire-pressure monitor, four-wheel-disc brakes with anti-lock (ABS) and StabiliTrak, which includes the function of traction control.