Chevrolet Impala Review
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala ranks 1 out of 10 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Impala, as well as reliability and safety data.
Critics agree that a high-quality interior, aggressive styling and a wealth of available features make the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala an undeniably modern and comfortable large car. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs in its class, we named the 2014 Chevrolet Impala the Best Large Car for the Money.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala comes standard with a four-cylinder engine. Most reviewers have tested models that have the optional V6, which they say offers good power from a stop, as well as capable acceleration for highway passing and merging. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models, and although one test driver is disappointed that paddle shifters aren’t available, most reviewers agree that it shifts quickly and smoothly. The EPA reports that the base Impala gets 21/31 mpg city/highway, which is a competitive estimate for a four-cylinder large car. However, the Impala offers its best fuel economy estimates of 25/35 mpg when equipped with its optional eAssist powertrain, which combines a four-cylinder engine with a small electric motor. While no reviewer considers the Impala a sport sedan, test drivers agree that the Chevy Impala offers balanced handling and accurate steering, especially for its size. Strong brakes and a firm, but comfortable ride also impress critics who’ve driven the 2014 Impala.
While the 2013 model disappointed reviewers with a basic interior that was awash in hard plastics, test drivers report that the redesigned 2014 Impala has an eye-catching interior that’s built with premium materials. The Impala also shines with comfortable front seats, as well as plenty of back-seat passenger space and one of the largest trunks in the class. Some critics report that the Impala’s optional infotainment system doesn’t react as quickly to user inputs as they would like. However, most reviewers agree that the Impala’s tech features are user-friendly, with large touch-screen icons and traditional knobs that control many audio and climate settings. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala comes standard with a six-speaker stereo with satellite and HD Radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming and a USB port. Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, an 11-speaker Bose stereo system, keyless access with push-button start, adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Available safety features include a backup camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision alert and blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems.
- "The Impala may not break new ground, but it excels at most of the tasks you could ask of it. It's roomy, powerful, and downright cool to look at. And it's a good deal-mostly. Just remember to exercise some restraint when checking those option boxes." -- Popular Mechanics
- "Good looking outside, stunning inside, roomy and technically advanced, the new Impala is a huge improvement from the model Chevy sold for the last decade or so. It recalls the 1950s and '60s, when the Impala was Chevy's ultimate expression of four-door style." -- The Detroit Free Press
- "The base Impala with the 2.5 liter I4 starts at $27,535, but the top-of-the-line LTZ was $39,510. Thankfully, it also felt like a $40,000 car. In fact, it's a better place to spend time than any Buick sold here today, which once again makes me question the point of Buick in America." -- Jalopnik
- "Chevrolet restores a proud name to a car that finally deserves to wear the Impala badge again. It's not perfect, and can get a little cheeky price-wise when all the option boxes are checked. Still, it offers great functionality and comfort in a full-sized car. Our money would be on the sportier Dodge Charger, but if big car comfort is your goal, Impala is worth a serious look once again." -- Left Lane News
Other Cars to Consider
The Chrysler 300 costs a bit more than the Impala, but it’s also loaded with standard features. While the 300 uses more fuel than the base Impala, it’s also more powerful, and reviewers love the 300’s user-friendly tech features.
The Kia Cadenza comes standard with many features that are optional on the Impala, including a V6 engine, navigation and a touch-screen infotainment system. The Cadenza also earns praise from the automotive press for its luxurious interior and balanced performance.
Details: 2014 Chevrolet Impala
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is optional, as well as an eAssist powertrain, which consists of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The Impala comes in five trims: LS (base), 1LT, 2LT, 1LTZ and 2LTZ. The Chevrolet Impala has been fully redesigned for 2014.
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