2014 Chevrolet Impala at the 2012 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus
  • Looks like: A stylish sedan, but not a rear-wheel-drive successor to the Pontiac G8 as some might have hoped
  • Drivetrain: 182-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist mild-hybrid system; 195-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder or 303-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2013

Chevrolet has redesigned its Impala sedan for the 2014 model year. If you were hoping to see this full-size car swap its front-drive layout for a performance-oriented rear-drive setup, you're going to be disappointed because the car you see here, which hits dealerships in early 2013, still has front-wheel drive. However, it does promise better fuel efficiency than its predecessor with the availability of GM's eAssist mild-hybrid system. Pricing information hasn't been released.

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The new Impala is roughly the same size as the Buick LaCrosse, and it shares a 111.7-inch wheelbase with that sedan. Design cues include a power-dome hood, sculpted body sides and pronounced rear fenders that pay tribute to Impalas from the late '60s. The wide grille brings a new look to Chevrolet sedans, one that has some Camaro influences in it as well as a resemblance to the just-revealed Traverse crossover. Standard exterior features include 18-inch wheels and projector-beam headlights. High-intensity-discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights, and 19- and 20-inch wheels are optional.

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Inside, the five-seat Impala adopts a version of Chevrolet's now-familiar dual-cockpit dashboard, which is used in the Malibu and Cruze. In the years since the Impala was last redesigned Chevrolet has made significant interior-quality strides; the brand says the Impala's cabin benefits from greater attention to detail and upscale features like available ambient lighting. The backseat head restraints fold for improved rear visibility, but trunk capacity, while very large at 18.8 cubic feet, falls behind the Taurus' 20.1-cubic-foot figure.

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A revised gauge cluster includes a standard reconfigurable 4.2-inch color screen while the available Chevrolet MyLink system includes an 8-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dash that covers a storage bin. MyLink features include Bluetooth streaming audio and available navigation.

The Impala offers a choice of three engines, all of which drive the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. A 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder pairs with the eAssist mild-hybrid system to deliver a projected 35 mpg on the highway, according to Chevrolet. There's also a larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 195 hp and a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 303 hp.

Four-cylinder Impalas feature active noise cancellation technology, and all of the engines use direct injection and run on regular gas. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder and V-6 are rated to tow up to 1,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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The Impala has 10 standard airbags and GM's OnStar emergency communications system. There are also a number of available safety features including adaptive cruise control, a collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic warning, a backup camera and rear parking assist.

The Impala has a storied history, but there hasn't been anything particularly exciting about the current model — other than perhaps the short-lived SS trim and its transverse V-8 engine. Ramped-up fuel economy rules and high gas prices effectively preclude a second act for that model, but as the Impala's sales have demonstrated, the car doesn't have to be thrilling to be successful, and the updates for 2014 position it well against its prime competitors.

2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala

Comments 

that steering wheel is right off a Mercedes S-class or they sure did copy it real good

John

I hope the execs at Ford don't get too bent at GM for this, for what I'm seeing here is a current generation Taurus with a Chevy badge, both inside and out. Take a look at both cars at the same time (exterior and interior) and you'll see what I mean when I say that both cars look pretty similar to each other. Seems like the General is getting so desperate to sell this car, they've now resorted to copying other competitors styling cues, how pathetic! I'll stick with the current generation Ford Taurus, which speaking of Ford, was the only company of the Big Three that did NOT accept bailout money!

Jason

The only thing on the Impala that makes it look like a Taurus are the headlights.

The Impala looks more like a back end of the Lacrosse and front of an Accord coupe (those headlights again).

Still, this is a great looking car. No, not the Taurus (both 2012 and 2013 models). That car is just okay looking.

Randy Sproat

This is truly a beautiful car! I am 65 years old & have had nothing but Chevy's all my life, & they all have been great! I hope to get one of these & make it my last! The General is back & in a big way!

Mike

It looks like a larger version of a Honda. Everyone is copying everyone else.

Why not just merge them all into International Government Motors ?

Zero originality here.

steve

Nice looking Buick. I guess the Camaro front end is supposed to make that large car with a 4 cylinder engine seems powerful and sporty? Just kidding, but all I see is a Buick "something" and nothing reminds me of the Chevrolet brand at all. I am a Chevy guy myself, but with a miss on the new Malibu, the only Chevy car left that looks decent is the Cruze. This car looks less "rent-able" and more upscale, but the new Taurus is less popular than the one it replaced. It went from grandma/rental car to business man's/wealthier retired couple car. I think the new Impala will follow that line too.

Sharon Ruchti

WE love it and we have only seen it on a computer screen.Just one more thing please do not eliminate yhr cd player in the new vehicles as we have no desire to download all our musis on an ipod. please!!!

starzzguitar

Looks like a Chevy to me! I think the "hump" at the rear would have looked better with a slightly longer trunk, and it also seems they did not know quite what to do with the rear end. This car is almost a fast-back. That said, it appears a little less anonymous. I'm sure Chevy fans like this one way better than the previous model. Yeah, I don't see a 4 cylinder pulling this around.

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