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Chevrolet Impala Trims and Feature Highlights
The Impala is a large 5 or 6 seat sedan that competes in a class alongside the Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, and Buick LaCrosse. For 2012, Chevy offers the Impala in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. Starting from $25,760, the Impala gives owners 300 horsepower performance, a generously spaced cabin, and an overall sense of simplicity that the overstimulated may find welcoming. Shoppers do have the option of fitting the Impala with leather trim, heated seats, and dual-zone climate control, but much of the tech options one expects nowadays are absent. Patient Impala fans can wait until early 2013 for the redesigned version, but for now we move on.
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Chevrolet Impala Performance
Every 2012 Impala is powered by a direct injection 3.6 liter V6 worth 300 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Chevy pairs the V6 with front-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic transmission.
Chevrolet Impala Fuel Economy
EPA estimates tag the 2012 Impala at 18/30/22 (city/highway/combined) MPG on regular gasoline. E85 (flex fuel) numbers dive to 13/16/22.
Chevrolet Impala Interior Highlights
Step inside the 2012 Impala and you’ll get a ton of space, but not much else. Critics bemoan the blandness of overall style, and though the dash and gauges are simple to understand & operate, it’s because there’s not much tech to operate. The consensus seems to be that the Impala looks like a fleet car from the outside, and if you treat it as such on the inside, you’ll do OK. You do have the option for heated leather seats and a Bose sound system, but a lack of even navigation- which comes standard on most bicycles now- should be a concern to many. The standard Impala setup will seat 5 with front bucket seats, but shoppers can opt for a 40/20/40 split front bench seat, which ups capacity to 6.
Good news comes with the substantial size of Impala’s trunk. You’ll get 18.6 cubic feet to play with; nice is you’ve got 6 people in tow.
Chevrolet Impala Safety
2012 Impala safety standards include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability/traction control, OnStar emergency services, and six airbags- including 2-row side curtain bags. Reviews point out that the Impala’s rear visibility isn’t the best, which is too bad considering that Chevy doesn’t offer rear sensors or a backup camera.
Crash test ratings are as follows: the NHTSA gives the 2012 Impala 4/5 stars overall (4/5 for all three frontal, side, and roof tests); IIHS ratings give top ‘good’ marks for frontal and side crashes, and a second best ‘adequate’ for roof strength.
2014 Chevrolet Impala: The Next Generation
Set to electrify the average citizen, the 2014 Impala looks to have gotten some exterior styling cues from the Camaro while also stocking up on some much needed interior tech. Shoppers will be able to choose from three engines, including an eAssist version that promises 35 MPG, and a burlier 303 HP engine. Expect also niceties like forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and a blind spot alert system. With no area untouched, it’s exciting for fans- just be warned that Chevy doesn’t plan on releasing the new Impala until early next year. Read more about the 2014 Impala.
Chevrolet Impala Summary
It’s tough not to suggest waiting for the brand new Impala to roll onto showroom floors. On the plus side, the 2012 Chevrolet Impala offers good power, tons of room, and little distraction. The negatives are best seen when you compare Impala to just about every other competitor in the full size sedan class. Thankfully, it looks like Chevy is doing right with the 2014 Impala.
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