The verdict is in: the new 2014 Chevy Impala has improved leaps and bounds ahead of the model available on the market for the last ten years or so. The new Impala recalls that 50’s-60’s retro style that made it so popular, with long, sleek lines and a newly designed badge. The new interior competes easily with luxury vehicles.
Complaints about the 2013 model are mainly about the “old” styling and platform and less than cutting-edge technology. On the plus side, Impala has always offered maximum space for the money.
The new Impala 2014 LS will start at $27,725, which includes a 196-horsepower 2.5-liter four cylinder engine. The V6 starts at $29,950 with a 305-hp 3.6 liter engine. On the high end is the LTZ, which starts at $35,770. Chevy’s already planning on a hybrid Eco model, the details of which are not yet available.
Although the new Impala is loaded with new features and comforts to please any buyer, the V6 is predicted to be more expensive to fuel than its competitors. It does offer up more power, but the fuel economy rated 19 mpg city, 29 highway and 22 combined when tested by the EPA. The only vehicle rating lower in the segment is the Nissan Maxima. The V6 Passat is predicted to be more expensive to fuel also; both the Maxima and the Passat require premium gasoline.
The positives definitely outrank the negatives (some trim misalignments and the fuel economy). The 2014 Impala is very comfortable and spacious with a 105 cubic-foot passenger compartment and an 18.9 cubic-foot trunk. The controls are clearly marked, simple and easy to use. There is a large touch screen with complimenting buttons and dials and an excellent voice recognition system for phone, audio and navigation purposes. There is ample storage throughout the vehicle including various hidden cubbies and a lockable compartment behind the touch screen.
The ride is comfortable with minimal engine and road noise, even with the optional 20 inch tires. The suspension maintains stability during quick maneuvering. The steering is responsive. Body roll, squat and dive are barely noticeable.
All in all, the new Impala needs some work in the areas of fuel economy and the trim, but is overall a vast improvement over the recently offered models and a return to the attractive styling and comfort that Impala meant years ago.