Chevrolet Impala Interior
The 2013 Impala’s interior was considered bland at best, but most test drivers agree that the cabin of the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala is decidedly upscale. They note that the Impala’s cabin is attractively designed and built with soft-touch materials. One reviewer draws comparisons to luxury brands like Audi when describing the Impala’s interior, however, another notes some shortcomings, such as flimsy plastics on the center console, which detract from the premium feel.
- "The Impala's cabin transformation is just as striking as its new exterior look. The dash and console design finally looks modern and sophisticated, although some of the plastic elements in the center console look decidedly down-market and are flimsy to the touch." -- Edmunds
- "The look and feel of interior materials set a new standard for Chevrolet and exceed what some luxury brands offer. A couple of minor trim misalignments mar the overall impact, but the Impala's interior is exceptional. It had a feel closer to what I expect from Audi than from Chevrolet." -- The Detroit Free Press
- "The exterior's attention to design details continues in the cabin, which is generously appointed with soft-touch materials on the dashboard and doors. Available blue ambient lighting that's integrated into the chrome trim is a unique take on two familiar design cues, and it works to good effect when it's dark outside. From the gear selector to the climate system, the cabin controls have a premium feel." -- Cars.com
- "The details continue inside with the use of soft touch materials throughout. Our LTZ featured the full leather package with heated and ventilated seats, and enough cupholders to hold the biggest of Super Big Gulp cups, whether or not Mayor Bloomberg approves. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is festooned with buttons on both its face and backside." -- Left Lane News
The redesigned Chevy Impala seats five and comes with cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Leather upholstery is available, as well as a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and ventilated front seats. One test driver thinks the Impala’s back seat is uncomfortable, but most reviewers agree that the 2014 Impala has plenty of passenger space in both rows. Additionally, one critic also notes that visibility is quite good from the driver’s seat, while another writes that the Impala has more back-seat legroom than competitors like the Ford Taurus.
- "Front and back seats have plenty of room in all directions -- especially impressive was the rear-seat legroom. And quiet? At one point we thrilled the chief engineer by asking if the engine was on. He may still be smiling." -- AutoWeek
- "The rear seat isn't the limousine experience you might imagine from a car this big. That's not because it isn't roomy-with 39.4 inches of legroom back there, you'll never be cramped. But is it supremely comfortable? Not entirely. The seat cushion rides low, and the backrest inclines at a relatively steep angle." -- Popular Mechanics
- "Some large cars don't deliver a corresponding level of interior roominess: The Ford Taurus is a prime example. The Impala doesn't suffer this fate, as its cabin is roomy enough that 6-foot adults can comfortably ride in the front and rear seats at the same time." -- Cars.com
- "Even driver visibility was better than what we've come to expect from some of today's fullsize sedans." -- Autoblog
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala comes standard with a six-speaker stereo with satellite and HD Radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a CD player and a USB port. Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display, an 11-speaker Bose stereo system, keyless access with push-button start and adaptive cruise control. Available safety features include a backup camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision alert and blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems.
A few reviewers note that the available MyLink infotainment system doesn’t respond to user inputs as quickly as they would like. However, they also note that MyLink is an intuitive system with large on-screen buttons, as well as traditional knobs to make audio and climate adjustments. While one test driver notes that the backup camera could have a crisper display, another critic writes that the Impala offers more available safety equipment than most affordable large cars.
- "The suite of safety gear is unmatched by current competitors. In addition to four-direction alerts, the options list offers full-range adaptive cruise control, automatic-collision-avoiding brakes, lane-departure warning, and a backup camera. A cabin loaded with 10 airbags is standard, as is a domed hood to protect hapless pedestrians." -- Car and Driver
- "Though it can be a little slow to respond at times, MyLink does provide a straightforward control interface that you'll adjust to easily if you already have a smartphone. One other minor annoyance is the rearview camera display: It's better that not having a camera at all, but the resolution isn't very good for an image projected on an 8-inch screen." -- Edmunds
- "The command center is very easy and intuitive, with large MyLink infotainment virtual buttons on the 8-inch screen, and four round knobs to control audio functions and climate control." -- Popular Mechanics
- "MyLink is easy to use, although the commands could be a bit quicker to respond. The large icons mean drivers won't fumble to hit the right part of the screen, and a as an added bonus, the touch screen flips up to provide access to a hidden storage bin behind it." -- MSN
The redesigned Impala has 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly less than what the Ford Taurus offers, but also more than you’ll find in most cars in the class. Reviewers say that the Impala offers plenty of cargo room, as well as 60/40-split folding rear seats, which open up even more space for larger items. The Impala also earns praise for its numerous interior storage compartments, which include a hidden compartment behind the infotainment system’s touch screen.
- "There is, however, a 60/40-split-folding rear seatback standard that helps expand the trunk's already generous 18.8-cubic-foot hold." -- Edmunds
- "The interior has lots of storage cubbies, including a hidden, lockable compartment behind the touch screen." -- The Detroit Free Press
- "A standard 60/40-split folding backseat expands the Impala's already deep trunk. The opening between the passenger compartment and cargo area when the seats are down is sizable, and the backrest folds flat with the cargo floor." -- Cars.com
- "There's lots of storage space for drinks, accessories and snacks. A little cubby in front of the center console storage fits a mobile phone. Door pockets will fit an average-sized water bottle perfectly." -- New Car Test Drive
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