While it can get by with this simplicity now — given there isn't much in the segment to get excited about — once the redesigned 2010 Ford Taurus, with its attractive exterior and high-quality interior, becomes available this summer, the Impala and others in this segment will have a lot of catching up to do. The Fleet Question Not to say that fleet sales don't count, but what makes a car a fleet favorite isn't the same as what makes a car a favorite for consumers. Models well-known to be rental cars tend to get less respect in the market, too. . For that, you get a large car with more than 200 horsepower and plenty of standard equipment, and savvy buyers can find examples for far less on dealer lots at the moment. Occupants will find hip and shoulder room plentiful, but legroom is below average for this segment.
The Taurus offers better interior execution, but the Chevrolet Impala's quality is on par with that of the Charger and 300. Of course, what the Impala lacks in uniqueness it makes up for with an impressive size-to-dollar ratio, as the Impala is priced lower than other full-size sedans. Safety Antilock brakes and traction control are standard on all Impala trims, as are front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, OnStar and a tire-pressure monitor. The lower half of the dash on the model I tested used molded plastic below simulated wood trim that reeked of cheapness with its ill-fitting panels. The Impala, meanwhile, scored Good in the side impact test but just Acceptable in the front test and Marginal in the rear. Essentially, it offers a lot of bang for the buck, with a cavernous interior, plenty of standard amenities, and powerful, moderately responsive engines.
If you knew it was the Chevrolet Impala, then you'd be a great contestant on Automotive Jeopardy if there was such a show. What could all these disparate elements possibly have in common? In the past, Chevy's bread-and-butter full-sizer was criticized for unattractive styling and Playskool-quality cabin plastics. The Taurus and Avalon include a stability system standard, and the Chrysler and Dodge make it optional on less-expensive trim levels. Many of the upper trim features can be had as options on the lower trims. Inside The Impala's interior is extremely basic in design and execution.
These two areas were addressed a few years ago with mixed results. The competition offers these higher-end features. The Charger and 300 rate Good in the front test but Poor in the side impact without optional side airbags and Marginal for rear impacts. This is great if you spend all day on the highway and like to float at 65 mph. While in-dash navigation systems depreciate quickly and can decrease a car's overall resale value — plus, some systems are hard to use — all-wheel drive is very useful if you're in a climate that needs it. Chevrolet's Impala is a full-size car without flash, extravagant features or risky styling.
Competition like the 2009 Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger, Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300 offer flashier features, like advanced multimedia systems with navigation, all-wheel drive and aggressive styling in the 300 and Charger. Then we test drove it and the engine was slipping. Higher-quality interiors and more involving driving experiences are available from top-line competitors such as the and. Even entering a highway on-ramp at normal speeds led to ; any faster, and the front tires started sliding under the strain. Ihave replaced the transmission, steering rack, multiple sensers,the senser in the gas pedel i replaced 4 times, impossible to ever get all the warning lights off.
With room for six, a spacious trunk, decent performance and a smooth quiet ride, the Impala appeals to a lot of people -- it typically boasts a spot in the top-10 vehicles sold in the United States. Even so, it's a rare six-seater that's a consistent top-seller; in 2008 it was the eighth best-selling car in the U. It either starts knocking or growling. The car does feel solid and substantial, though, and plenty of people will appreciate the big sedan's compliant ride quality. Would not buy another Impala. Also, we have had to replace the accuator numerous times. All models employ front-wheel drive and a responsive four-speed automatic transmission.
For 2009, Chevy adds to its full-size formula by throwing in a few more standard features for the lower trim levels, including dual-zone climate control, front seat side airbags, antilock disc brakes and traction control. As an overall package, it lacks style, originality and individualization — basically anything a person could get passionate about; you won't take this car home to show off to your neighbors. If you take the current incentives on the Impala into consideration, you could likely get into one for the same price as a much smaller car. From a safety standpoint, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with traction control have been standardized, front-seat lap belts now have pretensioners, and side-impact airbags are fitted on all Impalas. With a traditional in-dash or portable system, there are no fees. The premium has been determined based on annual premium data for defined coverages liability, comprehensive and collision from a major insurer.
Fuel mileage estimates for the V6 are comparable, with the 3. It has something to do with the doors and a fan right in the middle of the dashboard. The Impala does score in two major areas. The Hyundai Azera offers a better mix of luxury and value. You can find a list of the Chevrolet Impala's standard safety features. The materials inside aren't uniformly impressive, but the interior was free of squeaks and rattles.