The 2016 Chevrolet Impala is much more compared to a torchbearer for a long line of large Chevy sedans. It’s a true SUV alternative.
- $39,825 (as-tested, including destination charge)
- 3.6-L V-6
- 305-hp; 264 lb.-ft.
- 5-star NHTSA overall
The name is decades old, however this Chevy is much spryer compared to you’d imagine.
While several automobile buyers hope to combine maximum cargo space along with the higher ride height of an SUV, smart consumers will certainly hope to offer the brand-new Impala a look prior to automatically opting for a truck.
That being said, time hasn’t constantly been so kind to the Impala. After its chrome-plated and tire-smoking glory days in the 1950s and 1960s, the Impala spiraled down in terms of sales and excitement.
The muscular exterior gives the 2016 Impala actual road presence. Thankfully, this Chevy is more compared to a quite face.
For several generations, the Impala just languished. There was a brand-new exterior color here, a flex-fuel engine, or the addition of Onstar there. By and large, however, the Impala was relegated to government duty and rental fleet sales.
Of course, automobile rental companies and police forces still requirement a great deal of cars each year, so Impala sales still remained rather crucial to Chevrolet’s annual sales tally. however they didn’t develop much in the means of big profit, despite the fact that the numbers were strong. In 2007, over 300,000 Impalas were sold in the U.S. alone. however the big bucks were found in selling profit-making SUVs, and that is where Chevy focused its efforts.
The days of tail-fins are gone and jet-age design exuberance is supplanted by today’s involves for pedestrian safety, rigorous crash tests, and the should counter climate change. That doesn’t mean the current Imapala has actually for good lost its sense of self.
In 2013, the tenth generation of the Impala was born and offered a correct makeover, making it larger and much more upscale compared to previous models. It now shares a front-wheel-drive platform along with the Buick Lacrosse, as well as the Cadillac XTS. Consumer Reports even gained it the highest scoring sedan in their 2013 ratings. That in itself was remarkable, due to the fact that no others domestic automobile had topped the sedans ratings in the previous 20 years.
Opting for the range-topping LTZ trim, seen here, means your sole engine choice is a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6.
The accolades didn’t avoid there. In 2015, the Impala was named one of the 15 ideal family cars by Kelley Blue Timetable and one of U.S. News and Globe Report’s ideal cars for families. Direct competitors to the current 2016 model year Impala include the Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Buick LaCrosse and Nissan Maxima. You could additionally include in at last a half-dozen SUVs and crossovers in to this competitive set, too.
For 2016, the Impala is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models. The LS is only available along with one engine, the base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that produces 196-horsepower. Next up is the LT, which offers the 4-cylinder and an optional 3.6-liter V-6 that delivers a stout 305-hp. At the top of the range is the LTZ, which comes only along with the V-6 engine. Bi-fuel models, which run on CNG and gasoline, keep on for the 2016 model year, and are available in the LS and LT models.
It’s not a muscle car, love the Chevy SS, however this Impala has actually much more compared to enough grunt (along with the V-6) to leave most cars in its wake.
If you’re going to opt for a big American sedan along with a dose of attitude, you’ll additionally hope to check out the edgier edge of the Impala lineup. along with its 19-inch aluminum wheels and broad-shouldered sheet-metal, the brand-new “Midnight Edition” Impala comes off as a brawny dude along with a taut, racy body. Believe us, once talking concerning a full size sedan, this is meant as a major compliment.
And a full size sedan this is, thanks to its large 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space and roomy spine seat. In fact, once you compare the cargo area of the Impala along with several SUVs, you’ll see this Chevy sedan comes out ahead (even if the numbers suggest otherwise). That’s due to the fact that SUVs tend to cheat, a bit, by scaling up total cargo room to include their lofty rooftops. In the actual Globe of toting luggage or groceries, you probably don’t hope to stack roller-boards or shopping bags up to ceiling height.
The Impala in “Midnight Edition” trim, as seen here, surely has actually a sinister look you won’t locate in several others family sedans.
The Impala’s power-operated, leather-appointed seats are going to serve you well throughout long drives. Though we’ll admit that “leather appointed” is a confusing term that generally, as in the case of the Impala, means leather covers only section of the seats – the rest of the seat is covered along with a much less expensive material.
The focus of this handsome interior is a large instrument panel along with a clean design and some ice-blue lighting; its data is additionally straightforward to see so you don’t have actually to take your eyes off the road. Equipped along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi that entails three free months of data, for 2016 the Impala offers Apple CarPlay available along with compatible smartphones, to permit certain phone functions through the 8-inch color touch-screen positioned in the focus stack.
Starting in March, Chevrolet will certainly offer Android Auto compatibility via software updates to U.S. consumers that buy choose 2016 model year vehicles equipped along with an eight-inch MyLink system. offered the number of selections available within the system, it’s relatively straightforward to use and the text to voice feature helps drivers preserve their hands on the steering wheel. Owners can easily connect up to ten tablets, laptops and others devices courtesy of that onboard Wi-Fi.. Wireless cell phone charging is additionally available.
When it pertains to actual driving, the Impala retains a relaxed attitude,devoid of the wayward road manners some automobile snobs expect of anything that isn’t a 500+hp luxury car.
A large and spacious cabin, comfy long-distance ride, and roomy trunk make the Impala an ideal choice if you put major miles on your sedan.
It’s not a bellowing V-8 from the 1960s, yet this Chevy’s 3.6-liter V-6 has actually enough of a growl to forge a spiritual connection along with the Impala’s long heritage of horsepower. Pulling away from traffic at stoplights, we enjoyed the sense of superiority that accompanies the urge from a potent powertrain. A Cadillac CTS-V it’s not, however that’s comparing GM apples to oranges.
The steering is much less responsive compared to we would certainly have actually hoped, especially offered the muscular look of the car. The ride is additionally sound however not particularly sporty – though a rigid ride isn’t something buyers in this segment usually view as a positive attribute. The suspension, thanks to the Impala’s long wheelbase and wide front/rear tracks, delivers a comfortable ride along with minimal tire thumping once you’re rolling over major road imperfections. The smooth response of the brakes is appreciated, particularly throughout stop-and-go city driving.
Is it perfect? Of road not. Does the Chevy Impala deserve much more recognition? Absolutely. If you believe this is the same old G.M., believe again.
Fitted along with the standard 4-cylinder, fuel economy is rated at 24 city/33 highway. This drops to 19 city/29 highway once you opt for the punch of the V-6 over the economy of the standard motor. We believe it’s worth the compromise.
The Impala is well-equipped along with a full suite of airbags, adaptive cruise control, forward collision and rear cross traffic alerts, and lane departure warning. Thankfully, the latter of these units can easily be turned off for good – it proved irritating throughout our test drive.
Optioned out to the gills, our Midnight Edition test automobile was priced at $39,825, including every one of selections and destination charges. Pricing for an entry-degree Impala in LS trim, minus any sort of extras, stands at only $27,970 (and that’s prior to factoring in some hefty rebates Chevy is currently dishing out).