- Apple CarPlay integration now available
- Standard Wi-Fi hotspot capability and MyLink infotainment systems
- Lots of interior room and 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space
The Chevrolet Impala adds new technology for 2016, with Apple’s CarPlay integration system now available as a part of the Impala’s infotainment system.
CarPlay works in tandem with the iPhone (5 or newer) and allows you to use some of the phone’s apps and functionality with the Impala’s controls. It will display a simplified version of the iPhone screen on the center console touchscreen and allows you to make calls, read text messages, use Maps, or listen to podcasts/music.
The full-size Impala competes with other large sedans on the market like the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus. Styling is attractive with enough sculpting to give the body work some drama without being busy. 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. Last year, the four-cylinder added fuel saving stop/start technology that improved city fuel economy by five-percent. Also available is a 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 264 pound-feet of torque, or a 260-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 bi-fuel engine that can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission option for each of the engines.
The 2016 Impala is offered in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels. Four-cylinder models feature active noise cancellation technology, which keeps the cabin quiet, even while traveling at speed. 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. Wi-Fi hotspot capability, via OnStar and its 4G LTE connection, is standard along with a three-month trial.
10 airbags come standard in the 2016 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. The 2016 Impala earned a full five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA, their highest score.