2014 Chevrolet Impala Ownership Costs: Half Year

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The first six months and 8,000 miles of owning our Best of 2014 winner, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, have so far been painless. We threw in a set of $99.95 floormats for the horrible winter, but otherwise haven't had to put any money into maintenance thanks to Chevrolet's complimentary two-year maintenance program.

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At around 6,000 miles the Impala's information display lit up with an uncryptic "change oil soon" notification. Chevrolet recommends changing the oil within 600 miles of the indicator illuminating, so we were off to the dealership to take advantage of the no-charge service plan.

By Joe Bruzek | July 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

What Fits in the 2014 Chevy Impala's Hidden Compartment?

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You don't typically buy a large sedan to get wowed by gimmicks. You buy one for the comfort, room and ride, but the 2014 Chevrolet Impala in our long-term fleet has a gimmick we've actually found to be useful in our nearly six months of real-world testing.

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A hidden compartment sits behind the 8-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dashboard. You hit a button to raise the center touch-screen, revealing a small, square-shaped hiding spot. Sure, its location is odd, but it's actually a useful bit of real estate that's good for the usual stuff such as smartphones, music players or a tollway pass ... and some more interesting goodies, too.

Here's what the editors have stashed in it so far:

By Jennifer Geiger | July 10, 2014 | Comments (5)

Confounded by Car Technology? It's Time to Embrace It

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Today's technology-laden cars, SUVs and even trucks can be challenging for older drivers as well as car buyers who have been out of the market for several years. I'm among the many mature drivers who don't replace vehicles until they've been driven into the ground — my husband and I often go a decade or more between car purchases. Our current vehicles are of 2004 and 2006 vintage, and they lack much of the technology that's rapidly becoming common, often standard, on today's new cars.

Related: AAA Recommends Car Features for Older Drivers

As a Cars.com's copy editor, I'm encouraged to drive the test vehicles we receive at our Chicago offices so that I can experience the things I read about when I edit articles. I enjoy this part of the job, but it's proven to be a challenge due to unfamiliar technology. I often find myself communing with the owner's manual before I can leave the parking garage with one of our test cars.

Here are a few things other potentially overwhelmed car shoppers of any vintage should prepare to encounter:

By Jen Burklow | July 7, 2014 | Comments (11)

2015 Chevrolet Impala: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Stop-start technology standard on 2.5-liter engine models, all Impalas get 4G LTE connectivity, eAssist model discontinued

Price change: $65 higher

On sale: Summer

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2015

Chevrolet's redesigned Impala won the Cars.com staff over so much we gave it our Best of 2014 award in January. That was for the 2014 model year, which is winding down with the 2015 version just announced. Changes to features and prices are small but worth noting.

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Base prices are $65 higher on the 2015 models, including the $825 destination charge (up from $810 on the 2014s). The four-cylinder LS model starts at $27,735, including destination, and models with the 3.6-liter V-6 start at $30,960 for the 2LT version. For 2015, models with the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine gain stop-start technology that shuts the engine off at a stop. This is the same feature that Chevrolet made standard on the 2014 Malibu. On the 2015 Impala, it increases fuel economy by 1 mpg to an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city; the highway estimate is unchanged at 31 mpg.

With that move, Chevy has dropped the slow-selling Eco models, which included the stop-start feature, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and an eAssist mild hybrid system that boosted the EPA ratings to 25/35 mpg city/highway.

By Rick Popely | June 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chevrolet Impala Mileage Update: 5,456 Miles

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Our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Impala can't seem to return decent fuel economy; it's still averaging a few miles per gallon short of its 22 mpg combined EPA rating. We know the comfy sedan can exceed its 29 mpg highway rating with cruising mileage up around 31 mpg, but it recently logged a new lowest-recorded tank of 17.36 mpg, falling short of its 19 mpg city rating.

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The Impala's 20.23 mpg average after 5,456 miles is down slightly (.07 mpg) compared to April's recordings.

By Joe Bruzek | May 23, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Chevrolet Impala Mileage Update: 4,544 Miles

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The Cars.com's long-term 2014 Impala had a busy month, accumulating more than 1,700 miles since our previous update. It was also a more fuel-efficient month with the Impala's average mileage after 4,544 miles improving almost 1 mpg from 19.41 to 20.3 mpg.

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The 31.17 mpg an editor averaged on a single tank is the highest fuel economy we've squeezed out of the 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 29 mpg on the highway by the EPA. That tank also topped the longest recorded range of 394 miles.

By Joe Bruzek | April 25, 2014 | Comments (2)

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 (5)

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