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in 2012 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $13,435 - $15,500
Original MSRP: $25,760 - $30,300
MPG: 18 City / 30 Hwy
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2012 Chevrolet Impala Interior

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Auto journalists report the 2012 Chevrolet Impala can seat six, has a cavernous cargo hold and offers plenty of convenience features. However, many concede that its lack of comfort and poor interior fit and finish detract from its overall appeal.

  • "Cabin materials are serviceable, but Impala trails most like-priced rivals for quality feel. Plastic expanses dominate the cabin, giving it a budget look and feel." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The cabin design is pretty stale and consists of subpar materials that are well behind GM's more recent offerings." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Critics like the fact that the Impala can seat up to six passengers, but point out that all six won’t be comfortable. In fact, several say that even with just four or five occupants, not everyone in the Impala will have enough space to be comfortable.

  • "Headroom and legroom are adequate. With the available front bench, the seat bottom is too short for long-distance comfort. A narrow cabin means the center position on the bench should be used in emergencies only." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The interior is roomy with seating for up to six passengers -- something that's increasingly hard to find these days." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers generally agree that while the 2012 Impala has clear, easy-to-read gauges and controls, the Impala still offers fewer amenities than many competing affordable large cars. For 2012, all Impalas now come with Bluetooth as standard equipment, and also feature cruise control, air conditioning, OnStar and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary input.

While these standard features are decent, other options in the class, like the Ford Taurus and Chrysler 300, offer more high-tech cabin electronics.

  • "The gauges are clearly marked and easy to read. Large radio and climate controls have easy-grip rubberized surfaces and operate smoothly." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Those controls are simple because they're attached to fewer features than are available on competitors." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Chevy Impala provides 18.6 cubic feet of trunk space. Though some critics note quirks with its trunk shape, most admit that it provides a lot of room for luggage or groceries. Another nice feature is that the seat cushions in the back seat fold up to provide a nice storage space for keeping valuables out of sight.

  • "Impala's trunk is roomy, with a usefully flat floor. The lid uses non-intrusive strut hinges, but an oddly shaped opening hampers loading bulky objects. Cabin storage is merely adequate." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 18.6-cubic-foot trunk is certainly generous, but its folding rear seat is optional and lacks the more common 60/40 split design." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside the Impala, flip-and-fold rear-seat cushions reveal a covered storage area and include grocery bag hooks. The rear seatback folds down to create a pass-through into the trunk." -- Cars.com

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