The Impala was introduced in 1958 and ran through until 1985. It was then re-introduced for the mid-1990s and then again in 2000. The Impala was named after the African antelope of that name and is sold as Chevrolet's most expensive passenger vehicle and as the more upscale of the sedans available from General Motors non-luxury line. It is a full-sized sedan offered as both a coupe and sedan, depending on the generation of the car.The first six generations of the Impala are considered collectible vehicles by enthusiasts. Produced until 1985, these were the models most Americans associate with the Impala name. Classic car shows are often filled with Impala models of these generations. The seventh-generation of the Chevrolet Impala came in 1994 and was produced for only two years as a muscular version of the Caprice that had replaced the Impala after 1985. For those two years, the Impala SS was based on the Caprice police package and powered by the 5.7-liter V8 used in the Corvette. The eighth-generation Impala came in 2000 as a revival of the Chevrolet Impala model nameplate. Replacing the Lumina, the new Impala changed considerably from the previous generations of the car. The new Impala became front-wheel drive and was offered with two engines, both V6 designs. The Impala SS was revived, but powered by a supercharged V6 instead of a larger V8. A four-speed automatic transmission was used across the line.The ninth-generation Impala came in 2006 with an updated platform and modernized body design. Unlike previous generations of the Impala, though, his new Impala sold mostly to fleet buyers with relatively few sales going to private buyers. The V8 engine was re-introduced for the SS model and both a four-speed automatic and a six-speed automatic transmission were available, depending on model year and configuration. For the tenth- and current-generation of the Chevrolet Impala, which came in 2013, Chevrolet completely revamped the car for improved consumer sales. It returned to a truly full-sized configuration and returned to its upscale roots as a consumer-based sedan. For the first time, four-cylinder engines made up the base engine options and a V6 was the more powerful engine upgrade. Six-speed automatic transmissions were standard. A mild hybrid and bi-fuel version of the Impala were introduced in the tenth generation as well.Consumer complaints about the Chevrolet Impala center on the eighth-generation at high mileage. Security system issues, transmission issues, and upper engine problems are relatively common. The Impala otherwise enjoys a good reputation for reliability.
Test Drive Reviews
2014 Chevrolet Impala
Let's just be honest here. The last generation Chevy Impala was so "Old-School GM" that it was almost comical. The interior was as good as a rental car or FBI agent would need it to be, the powertrains and styling were dated and it lacked any real personality or style. Fast forward to its 2014 redesign and it's clear that the "New GM" which has brought us such superstars as the Cadillac ATS, latest Chevrolet Stingray, hot selling Chevy Cruze, revolutionary Chevy Volt, the desirable Buick Enclave and the just unveiled GMC Yukon Denali just to name a few, has finally worked its magic on the Impala nameplate. And boy is it good.
Frankly, General Motors doesn't make any bad cars anymore, which is evidenced in many ways like its showing in recent initial quality surveys and overall quality if the automaker's recent bout with a Toyota-like recall madness proves to be as expected—just a short term issue. Then there is the downright sexy and appealing design and style that goes into each and every car this monolithic company builds. This is all evidenced in the transformation of the 2014 Chevy Impala into a class leading position among full size family sedans which is a class that includes the rather hideous looking Toyota Avalon; cool but rather brutal Dodge Charger, the Ford Taurus as well as the Nissan Maxima which currently is akin to a bloated Altima.
The Impala is one truly smooth operator that is available with GM's lovely and powerful 3.6 liter 305 horsepower/264 lb. feet of torque 6-cylinder engine mated to a very smooth 6-speed automatic that is also responsive when you need it to be. Our nicely loaded 2LT tester came so equipped but less expensive Impala models come with a 2.5 liter 195 horsepower/187 lb. feet of torque 4-cylinder engine. Prices for the 2014 Impala start at $26,860 and span the horizon right now all the way to a little over $37,000 for a fully loaded model with every luxury feature, gadget and gizmo you can imagine. Our tester stickered for $34,960.
Affordability and big-car roominess have always been the hallmark of the Chevrolet Impala. But its aging and bland design, lack of high-tech safety features found on many competitors' vehicles, so-so interior and relatively uninspired handling are serious detractions. Still, the recently adopted V6 engine is a pleasant surprise, and starting pricing that ranges from $25,860 to $30,400 may be enough to counteract the negatives.