Road test: 2014 Chevrolet Impala | Driving

18 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Road test: 2014 Chevrolet Impala | Driving
Chevrolet Impala

You owe it to yourself to spend time in new sedan

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I’m going to this review with a bold message to those in the for a large, premium-level sedan.

seeking a ride of German, or British heritage, such owe it to themselves and their respective to spend seat time in new Impala — especially one that’s as generously as this week’s Steer — before rolling out more dough for an offshore The Impala is that good, and built in Canada and the United

Some history to consider

Impala first hit the road in serving as the company’s top-flight While there were a few in its production over the next years, the Impala has held a place in Chevrolet’s lineup, and has revered by many-a bow tie fan.

That was until GM saw fit to reformat the sedan into a front-wheel-drive better suited to rental and fleet needs, including law

Well, the Impala is back. Now in its generation, the car’s credentials and have been restored, it a unit that today’s Motors should be proud of. And why

My as-tested example held an of $39,510, yet I found it just as and worthy as cars from with much greater tags.

What makes the new Impala so In short, the driving experience with value and build

More than new sheet

While it retains its front-wheel-drive everything else about the Impala is new, though its V6 and six-speed automatic transmission over from last but with slightly more A four-cylinder engine is also for 2014.

Visually, the new Impala a bold, un-Chevy-like statement sleek, sharply creased features combined with a avant-garde cabin.

While I’m not to the car’s design, I appreciate Chevy has done to infuse it flair and a dose of upscale

Under the hood

The primary for 2014 continues to be GM’s 3.6-litre flex-fuel V6 engine variable valve-timing technology to performance and economy. It produces a 305 horsepowerctrack val=-6.00000e-003/The new Impala is responsive, delivering stout off-the-line and in the passing lane.

for the four-cylinder 2.5L DOHC plant puts 196 horsepower accompanied by slightly better economy.

My guess is that buyers in this segment choose the V6 engine.

Its degree of refinement is commendable, making it desirable in a vehicle of this and character.

Climbing aboard

Not only was the visually engaging, it was stuffed occupant protection, safety, and avoidance systems, as well as the in communication and connectivity technology with Bluetooth. Bose provided a premium listening unadulterated by extraneous noise.

A car indeed

GM has gone to extraordinary lengths to and remove unwanted noise the Impala’s cabin, which is the quietest in its modest price

The library-like environs enhance the sense of quality, as does its ride and structural rigidity; the contributing to the vehicle’s surprising in the corners.

A couple of minor came to mind as I tooled in the new sled.

Firstly, the electro-mechanical had an unnatural springiness to it and lacked

Secondly, the front perches benefit from additional In my view, these two factors to differentiate the Impala LT from brands, such as those in the homeland of Johann Sebastian In both aspects though, the is subtle and I suspect a non-issue to the majority of future Impala

Outstanding value

Along its ability to sway buyers more expensive rides, a Impala take-away for me is the vehicle’s Even at its base price of the car is well equipped. Add another or so to secure top-line LZ trim, and the content list includes Collision Alert, Lane Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic and much more.

rgrothwell@telus.net

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