Truly Remote Start Impresses in 2014 Chevrolet Impala

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Regular readers are probably just as tired of us talking about Chicago's polar vortex winter as we are tired of persistent cold temperatures. If there's one car feature we can point to that made one of the area's coldest and snowiest winters on record more bearable, it's the remote engine starting system on our 2014 Chevrolet Impala long-term tester.

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The Impala's remote start is a factory-installed feature included in the $1,095 navigation and stereo package or $940 Convenience Package. Time and time again, the Impala's remote start would fire up the engine at surprisingly long distances or from well inside a house, which beat having to crack the front door and hold the key fob outside like other systems we've tested.

By Joe Bruzek | April 15, 2014 | Comments (3)

Chevy Steers the Action in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Iron Man has an affinity for Audi. The Avengers are all about Acura. Now, Captain America — the poster boy for Made in the U.S.A. — demonstrates his domestic disposition by pledging allegiance to a brand that's as American as apple pie: Chevrolet. As Marvel Entertainment's latest Avengers-universe entry, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" dominated the box office this past weekend with an April-record-smashing $96 million bow, the bow-tie brand dominated the film's driving scenes.

Black Widow Corvette Stingray Is Auto Show Avenger

As we reported during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in February, among the most prominently featured vehicles in the Chevy-heavy sequel is the custom black-on-black-on-black Chevrolet Corvette Stingray driven by actress Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow when she picks up Cap in front of the Capitol. (She's a spy, so obviously a totally bad-ass-looking supercar should help her keep a low profile, right?) Other showcased Chevrolets include the Tahoe SUV, Impala sedan and Silverado pickup truck.

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet Impala Ownership Costs: First Quarter

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We've spent money on fuel and floormats for our 2014 Chevrolet Impala after three months and 3,000 miles of driving, but little else. The Impala is one of our Cars.com long-term test cars and our Best of 2014 winner.

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The Impala's OnStar online vehicle diagnostic information tells us to expect an oil change at 5,300 miles, but even then, we don't expect maintenance to be an ownership cost. Our Impala is backed by Chevrolet's two-year/24,000-mile maintenance program that includes oil and filter changes, tire rotations and a 27-point inspection for up to four scheduled services within the program's term.

By Joe Bruzek | April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Why Don't All Heated Seats Warm Just Your Back?

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When the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala rolled out, I was happy to see one of my favorite features return to a GM vehicle: multiple-zone heated seats.

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In almost every car with heated seats you can only heat the entire seat — not just the seatback but also the seat bottom. Sure, you may be able to dial up the heat levels from mild to Chernobyl, but that heat is going to be dispersed to both areas.

Not in the Impala and many previous GM models. If you just want the heat on your aching back, you can get it without your backside getting toasty.

Here are the reasons why this is a winner:

By David Thomas | March 25, 2014 | Comments (4)

2014 Chevrolet Impala Mileage Update: 2,838 Miles

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This month was a relatively mild one for Cars.com's long-term 2014 Chevrolet Impala tester, with the odometer only turning 676 miles since the last update. Filled with the recommended regular octane gasoline since day one, E85 coursed its way through the fuel lines of our flexible-fuel 3.6-liter Impala by mistake and looks to have slightly dinged our fuel economy after burning 5 gallons of the economy-sapping fuel.

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Five gallons is a small amount considering the Impala's 18.5-gallon tank, but our observed fuel economy this month — calculated over the long haul from pump fill-ups — is 0.76 mpg lower than 676 miles ago. EPA ratings for the Impala drop from 19/29/22 mpg city/highway/combined on regular gasoline to 14/20/16 mpg on E85.

By Joe Bruzek | March 21, 2014 | Comments (3)

Why Don't All Cars Have This Simple Reminder?

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There are a few things about our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Impala I already like even after just a couple of commutes.

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One of these endearing features was even more welcome on the snowy, frigid morning I first experienced it. On start-up, the small digital screen between the gauge clusters had this warning: "Windshield Washer Fluid Low."

By David Thomas | March 18, 2014 | Comments (2)

All-Weather Floormats A Must For Our 2014 Chevy Impala

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All-weather floormats are a great addition for protecting any car's interior from the elements. We knew they were a must for our recently purchased 2014 Chevrolet Impala long-term tester, especially considering this year's abnormally nasty, wet and grimy winter that's showing no signs of relief even into March.

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The WeatherTech FloorLiner product we purchased to protect our long-term 2013 Subaru BRZ's carpet were a quality set and available across a wide range of makes and models. The molded floor pieces are pricey, however. For the Impala, we went bargain hunting.

By Joe Bruzek | February 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet Impala Mileage Update: 2,162 Miles

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The 2014 Chevrolet Impala we thoroughly tested for Cars.com's $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge took home the comparison's top honors by besting six of its competitors. The mileage portion wasn't as much of a win for the Impala; it finished midpack and averaged 26.3 mpg compared to the best sedan's 30.2 mpg (Toyota Avalon) over our 200-mile route.

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As Impala owners, we're going to dive deeper into the V-6 sedan's 19/29/22 mpg city/highway/combined fuel economy rating over the thousands of miles we plan to accumulate during the next year. We expect the comfy Impala to be a go-to in our fleet over the summer once road-trip season begins.

By Joe Bruzek | February 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

We Bought a 2014 Chevrolet Impala

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In late 2012, we purchased our Best of 2013 award winner to see if all the things that made it our favorite car of the year would hold up for an entire year of ownership. The 2013 Subaru BR-Z certainly did that for most of our editors. This year, the redesigned Chevrolet Impala won over our hearts and that meant it was time to hit the lots and buy one.

Cars.com Names Chevrolet Impala Best of 2014

Most of our long-term fleet purchases have been of "in-demand" or very new vehicles with only our current 2013 Honda Civic really allowing us to chase deals, haggle and commence with all the other tactics that can go into buying a new car. Buying an Impala was similar to the Civic in some regards, but we ended up with only one major hassle.

By David Thomas | January 20, 2014 | Comments (13)

Cars.com Names Chevrolet Impala Best of 2014

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For years, the Chevrolet Impala languished as a fleet special, a favorite of rental car companies that would buy them by the gross and foist them on hapless, disappointed travelers. Not anymore; 2014 brings an all-new Impala, and by any measure it is extremely impressive. It starts with styling that not only brings the Impala in line with the rest of the Chevrolet showroom, but it also acts to define it.

The Impala won in a heated, contentious vote over five other worthy competitors:

  • Acura MDX
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Forte sedan
  • Mazda3
  • Mazda6

Check out our award coverage for complete details.

By Patrick Olsen | January 14, 2014 | Comments (6)

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