Rides smoothly over bumps and rough roads
Quiet interior at highway speeds
Cabin looks sleek and classy
Big backseat and trunk are great for carrying passengers and luggage
Like a lot of long-running American automotive nameplates, the Chevrolet Impala has seen its share of ups and downs. You could chart its appeal through the decades and the graph would probably look a lot like the Dow Jones Index. But as a car shopper of today, all you really need to know is that Chevy’s been on an upswing with its Impala ever since it redesigned it a few years ago.
Impala buyers might be tempted to stick with the four-cylinder engine on account of its lower price and higher fuel economy, but we recommend shelling out for the V6. The V6’s relatively swift sprint to 60 mph only tells part of the story — when you punch it at cruising speed, the engine responds with real authority. As for the base four, it’s reasonably smooth and willing, but its 110-hp deficit is readily apparent from the driver seat, especially if you’ve got passengers and luggage aboard.
The Impala’s dynamic, modern exterior writes checks that its interior is pleased to cash. The graceful dual-cowl dashboard flows organically into the door panels, creating a wraparound effect that has become a GM trademark as of late. The 8-inch MyLink touchscreen for audio, navigation and phone functions ties it all together with its crisp, high-resolution graphics and an intuitive interface. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration also come standard, and both are great for minimizing driver distraction.