The U.S. News & World Report voted the Chevrolet Impala the “Best large car for the money” and the 2017 model year has a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the NHTSA – it really does seem as though Chevrolet have nailed it.
It has a whole load of technology that can be fitted, either as standard in one of the three trim levels (LS, LT and Premier) or as an extra, but then for $28, 375 for the base model, you’re going to want some toys. Push the boat out on the higher spec model and add in a few gadgets and you’re going to be looking at closer to $41,000.
Four or Six
|Contents||The Impala comes with a choice of two engines – an inline-four cylinder 2.5 liter with 196 BHP that comes with stop/start technology fitted and does about 30 MPG on the highway or a 3.6 liter V6 with direct-injection and variable valve timing – good enough for 305 BHP and about 28 MPG on the highway.
The 2.5 has been said to be a little breathless when you’re trying to make a bit of progress, if that’s your thing, you’re going to be much better off with the V6 – it has a fair turn of speed and allow you to press on comfortably without feeling that you’re killing the motor.
Tech Features of the Chevrolet Impala 2017
The Impala has a few nice touches – the myChevrolet Mobile App allows you to start/stop the engine, unlock or lock the doors, send destinations to the navigation system, view diagnostic information and set parking reminders – all remotely.
We also have the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, making it possible to send and receive text messages while on the move or just play music from your smartphone – it works well.
Other technology available includes a forward collision alert, side blind zone alert, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear vision camera, Bluetooth (for up to 10 devices at any one time), adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, 8” touchscreen and the smaller 4-cylinder version has active noise cancelling – the V6 doesn’t need it because it has thicker glass and improved sound deadening.
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Styling It Out
The new Impala has been praised for its muscular looks and aggressive styling, somewhere in the mix you can see elements of the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS, but then it does share its underpinnings with those two models, so it seems that the designers have almost morphed the three models into something a little more generic, at least from certain angles anyway.
Thanks to the redesigned bodywork and upgraded platform, the engineers at Chevrolet have also updated the ride and handling – the suspension works well over the smaller bumps and larger chunks – soaking it up to deliver a firm but comfortable ride – many road-testers have made comments (positive) regarding the handling of the new Impala – like we said … it seems that Chevrolet have got things just right pretty much everywhere, apart from …
2017 Chevy Impala Multitude of Sins
Yes, on the whole, the cabin is quite a nice place to be – the front seats for instance are class-leading when it comes to comfort and support, but there’s plenty of criticism about the finishing materials, at least in the base trim level – reaching in to your pocket for the leather and wood accented interior will remove most of the complaints, but for those that can’t afford that option, the basic trim is pretty bad.
It seems that Chevrolet have had a hand in every single parts bin they own and picked out a trim material or covering and then tried to fit it inside somewhere – there’s no cohesion to the trimming inside – hard plastics, soft plastics, wood, aluminum, chrome, rubber – they all make an appearance somewhere and it just lets the car down – after all, looking good on the outside is great, but as a person spending their time inside the car, you want that to be just as nice!
The Other Stuff
The award-winning 2017 Chevrolet Impala is available at your local Chevy dealer now. No doubt there will be one or two offering discounts already, but demand is pretty high, so don’t expect to walk out of the showroom feeling like you’ve got one over on the salesman – any reward you get will be pretty small.
Ultimately, it seems that Chevrolet have got the new Impala absolutely right (aside from the minor trimming issues inside), it rides, goes, handles, stops and looks better than the last one – Chevrolet must be laughing all the way to the bank.
Do you agree with the general consensus? Is the Impala infinitely better than the predecessor? Let us know what you think – we love hearing from you!
|2017 Chevrolet Impala 1LT 2.5|
|Engine type||DOHC 16V I4, direct fuel injection|
|Power/torque||196 hp; 187 lb-ft|
|Passenger volume||123.8 cu.ft|
|Cargo volume||18.8 cu.ft|
|Top speed||132 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: $28,000-$42,000 (est)|
|Competitors: Nissan Maxima, Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300, Toyota Avalon|