- Full-size sedan was redesigned last year
- Adds fuel saving technology and Wi-Fi hotspot capability for 2015
- Lots of interior room and 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space
After a full redesign last year, the 2015 Chevrolet Impala returns with a few small upgrades which only add to a package that was good enough to take home Cars.com’s Best Car of 2014 award.
The full-size Impala competes with other large sedans on the market like the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus. Before the redesign, if you saw an Impala driving around it was probably a rental or a company car and with good reason – there wasn’t really a compelling case to be made to buy an Impala. It was neither stylish, fast, nor especially comfortable.
But the new Impala rectifies many of the sins of the previous generation, with distinct, handsome styling, an upgraded interior with better materials and a modern design, as well as improved fuel efficiency and performance. Up front, a “power dome” hood feeds into a sleek front grille and slim headlight fixtures with available LED daytime running lights that give the Impala some needed flair. 18-inch wheels come standard, with 19- and 20-inch cogs optional.
Under the hood, the base engine is a 196-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 186 pounds-feet of torque. For 2015, this engine adds fuel saving stop/start technology that improves city fuel economy by five-percent. Also available is a 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 264 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission option. A new flex-fuel capable engine based on the 3.6-liter V-6 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The Impala’s new cabin added refinement and improved noise levels as well, especially in four-cylinder models which get active noise cancellation technology. The dashboard is similar in layout to what you’d find in the Malibu or Cruze, with a dual-cockpit look that curves back in front of both passengers. A 4.2-inch display in the center console controls the audio system and is standard, along with HD radio, USB/iPod port, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity (no audio streaming) and air conditioning. 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. New for 2015 is Wi-Fi hotspot capability, via OnStar and its 4G LTE connection (a three-month trial is included).
10 airbags come standard in the 2015 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.