- Completely redesigned for 2014
- (Thankfully) brand new styling, inside and out
- Three engine options, including one mild hybrid option debuting later in 2013
Back for 2014 with a complete overhaul inside and out, the Chevrolet Impala looks to move from rental-lot mainstay to full-size sedan contender.
The outgoing Impala won’t be missed, as a whole it was rather uninspired. However, with the new version of the Impala, Chevrolet is looking to correct all of the old mistakes in one fell swoop starting with the Impala’s appearance. Its most distinct styling features is a pronounced kink atop the rear fenders which gives the profile of the Impala more visual flair. Matching this new aggressive styling is a sculpted dome hood, and a large front grille with the Chevy bow-tie prominently displayed. We are also fans of the Impala name displayed on the front doors. 18-inch wheels are standard, while 19- and 20-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights, and HID headlights are optional.
Under the hood, the Impala will eventually offer three different engine options. The first is a base 195-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder which makes the Impala one of the few full-size sedans to offer naturally aspirated four-cylinder power. Second (and more exciting) is a 303-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that offers more grunt. Lastly, a 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder is forthcoming and combines with the eAssist mild hybrid system for better fuel economy. All three engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission. As of this writing, fuel economy ratings had not yet been released but we project them to be in the low 30’s for highway mpg with the four-cylinder, and the high 20’s with the V-6.
Inside, the Impala does its best to offer the look and feel of a flagship model. Materials have gotten an upgrade in the redesign, as has the dashboard which has a new layout that is similar to the dual-cockpit look that is found in the Malibu and Cruze. For a quieter cabin experience, four-cylinder models are equipped with an active noise cancellation system. HD radio, a 4.2-inch color display in the instrument panel, USB port, and air conditioning are standard. Chevrolet’s MyLink smartphone connected infotainment system is optional, as are dual zone automatic climate control, navigation, and an 8-inch, center mounted LCD display that raises up to reveal a hidden storage compartment with a USB port.
10 airbags come standard in the 2014 Impala, along with antilock brakes, electronic stability system, and six months of OnStar. A rear-view camera and rear cross-traffic alert sensors are optional, as is a blind spot monitoring system and lane departure warning.