Review: 2014 Chevrolet Impala – San Jose Mercury News

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Review: 2014 Chevrolet

The re-engineered 2014 Chevrolet isn’t just new, styled and comfortable to ride in.

the first American-branded car in at least 20 to be rated the top new sedan by Consumer magazine.

In fact, the Consumer score of 95 for the new Impala was higher all other cars except the higher-priced Tesla Model S and the BMW 135i coupe. Neither of is a sedan.

The full-size, five-passenger also received the top, five-out-of-five-stars rating from the government for occupant protection in crash testing.

These illustrate how far the 2014 Impala is its predecessor, which scored a 63 from Consumer Reports and an overall four out of five in government crash testing.

One Consumer Reports does not the new Impala on its recommended buy list. the revamped Impala is so new, the magazine does not yet have data to determine a reliability

Additionally, the 2014 Impala is than the 2013 model.

manufacturer’s suggested retail including destination charge, is for the base Impala LS with direct-injection four cylinder and automatic transmission.

This is more than the base, Impala LS, which came a more powerful engine a 300-horsepower V-6. No four was offered.

Building a 2014 with V-6 on Chevrolet’s consumer showed that a V-6 buyer for the 17-foot-long Impala must up to the 2LT trim version. So the lowest MSRP, including destination for this 305-horsepower Impala six-speed automatic is $30,895.

the federal government’s fuel rating for combined city/highway in the 2014 Impala with V-6 is than that for the 2013 — 21 miles per gallon vs. 22

Meantime, some competitors notably the 2014 Ford large sedan — slightly higher fuel ratings from the federal than the corresponding four- and versions of the new Impala.

For example, the Ford Taurus with V-6 is rated at 23 mpg in combined city/highway by the U.S. government, or 2 mpg more the 2014 Impala with The 240-horsepower, turbocharged, four-cylinder of 2014 Taurus is rated at 26 mpg with the 25 mpg rating of the non-turbo cylinder with 196 horsepower in the 2014 Impala.

Starting price for the base, 2014 SE with V-6 is $27,495, while the 2014 Taurus SE with four cylinder starts at

Another large sedan the 2013 Hyundai Azera, has a V-6 and a starting retail price of The Azera comes standard luxury features such as seats, navigation system and power driver’s seat are extras on the Impala and Taurus.

The test 2014 Impala was a 2LT with standard direct-injection

Power came on smoothly relaxed, everyday driving and scarcely noticed shift

But, when demanded, the double overhead cam, V-6 produced power forcefully. torque is 264 foot-pounds at 5,300 rpm with 254 foot-pounds of peak at 4,000 rpm in the V-6-powered Taurus.

the power driving socked the mileage, with the test car just 18 mpg in city/highway travel the majority of driving was in city conditions. This translated a lackluster 330-mile range on a tank of regular gasoline.

At the Impala seemed to coast the driver removed the right from the accelerator pedal. The car did not slow the way some European do when pressure is let off of the accelerator.

The Impala is well-insulated against noise. Engine sounds muted much of the time, and cars and trucks were heard.

The 2014 Impala has an ride. Passengers sit on well-cushioned and the test car felt agile and to the driver. In sweeping curves and the Impala’s body lean was

Chevrolet Impala

The new Impala is handsome, inside and and tastefully retains a certain look while appearing more upscale than its The hood sits higher for a appearance, while side and proportions are pleasing.

The interior is interesting. Plastic textured pieces on the dashboard and doors a quality look, and the swooping top that extends from one of the dashboard to the other defines an space.

One oddity is the small, extra that tries to jut over the display screen. Front-seat noticed it and asked if it flips up. It but appears to try shade the display

However, this didn’t work in the test Impala.

some people disliked the thick middle section of the wheel that seemed an add-on.

Seating and trunk are the highlights of the new Impala. There are 46 inches of front-seat legroom with 41.9 inches in the seat of the Taurus. Even the generous front-seat space, the back seat legroom nearly 40 inches.

This with 36.8 inches in the seat of the Azera.

And, 18.8 cubic feet of room, the Impala gobbles up a number of suitcases, golf and assorted grocery bags, the Taurus’ 21-cubic-foot trunk is commodious.

There has been one safety involving the 2014 Impala. In the National Highway Traffic Administration recalled a small of Impalas because brake might flash intermittently the brakes were not pushed and the control might disengage. dealers were reprogramming the control module.

2014 Impala 2LT

BASE PRICE: for LS; $29,110 for 1LT; $30,085 for


Front-engine, front-wheel drive, large sedan.

ENGINE: double overhead cam, injection V-6 with VVT.

18 mpg (city), 28 mpg (highway).

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