Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevy Impala

A new beginning for an American icon.

Classic luxury and tomorrow’s technology wrapped in revolutionary styling – that was the goal Chevrolet gave to its designers and engineers when they set out to create the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala, and one look will tell

you they hit a Grand Slam. Their meticulous attention to detail has resulted in a sedan that instantly rockets to the top of the full-size segment and delivers a score of advantages over the competition and best of all it’s on sale now here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Road & Track magazine called the new Chevy Impala “a vastly better sedan” than its predecessor, while Motor Trend characterized it as “big, strong, smooth and stylish.” In a head-to-head comparison between the new Impala and its five key rivals, Car and Driver praised the Chevy for its many advantages over the field––including ride quality, interior spaciousness and cargo capacity––and concluded that “the Impala feels as solid as an S-Class” Mercedes-Benz.

The new, tenth-generation Impala captured the attention of the automotive press upon its unveiling at last year’s New York Auto Show. The editors at wrote that the sedan’s arched rear fenders hearkened back to the ground-breaking 1958 Impala, while Car and Driver likened the new model’s looks to “a four-door Camaro.” Chevy stylists incorporated subtle design cues that pay homage to famous Impala models of the past, but the wind-swept design language they developed––with its broad horizontal-bar grille, power-dome hood, sculpted side coves, understated chrome accents, generous rear overhang and diagonal dual-signature taillamps––clearly looks forward, laying claim to classic status in its own right.

The editors at praised Impala designers for “creating a nearly flawless cabin,” and Road & Track described the designers’ handiwork as “world class.” The interior’s soft-touch surfaces, chrome accents, dynamic instrument cluster and wraparound, dual-cockpit layout all received special notice, as did premium details like available leather trim, French stitching, suede inserts and ice-blue ambient lighting.

Thanks in part to its longer wheelbase, the new Impala offers an increase in total passenger volume to 105 cubic feet, a three-cubic-foot advantage over the Ford Taurus. The Impala also bests the Taurus in front head room (39.9 inches versus 39.0 inches), front legroom (45.8 inches versus 41.9 inches) and rear legroom (39.8 inches versus 38.1 inches). Along with its segment-pacing interior volume, the new Impala offers a huge 18.8 cubic feet of maximum trunk space, easily surpassing the Toyota Avalon (16 cubic feet) and the Hyundai Azera (16.3 cubic feet).

Befitting a flagship sedan, the Impala offers a serene driving environment courtesy of its stiffer body structure and the generous application of advanced sound-deadening technology such as acoustic laminated glass, triple-sealed doors and Active Noise Cancellation.
The engine lineup expands to three and includes the 3.6-liter V6, which receives a bump in output for 2014 to 305 hp and 264 lb/ft of torque. A new ECOTEC 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 195 hp and 187 lb/ft of torque joins the ranks, while later this year an ECOTEC 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist light electrification technology becomes available. The latter uses an electric-assist generator to help crank out 183 hp while returning a thrifty 35 mpg highway. All three engines boast advanced fuel-saving technology, including direct fuel injection and variable-valve timing, and send power to the front wheels via an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission.

New electric power steering delivers quick, linear response to driver inputs, and the available variable-effort feature boosts power assistance at low speeds. The thoroughly revised suspension delivers a smooth, compliant ride at cruising speeds as well as crisp, agile handling during sharp maneuvers. Credit for this impressive balance goes to new front struts with constant-rate rebound springs and a carefully tuned multi-link suspension setup at the rear wheels.

The Impala leaps to the top of the segment in terms of safety, too, with 10 airbags, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, four-wheel antilock brakes and OnStar with Automatic Crash Response all on hand to keep you secure. The new model also offers a suite of available driver-assistance technology that includes the first use of full-speed-range Adaptive Cruise Control in a Chevy. The list also includes a Rear Vision Camera, Forward Collision Alert (another Chevy first) with Crash Imminent Braking/Collision Mitigating Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Along with premium safety, the new Chevy Impala delivers spectacular value. Even the entry Impala LS (MSRP $26,725) comes comprehensively equipped with standard features, including an eight-way power driver seat, Bluetooth connectivity, remote keyless entry, a 4.2-inch color display mounted in the gauge cluster, 18-inch wheels and roadside assistance for five years/100,000-miles.
The 1LT trim raises the ante with heated outside mirrors, four-way power for the front passenger seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and an eight-inch color touch-screen (that flips up to reveal a storage bin) complete with the Chevrolet MyLink® system for audio, navigation and smartphone integration.

The top-tier 1LTZ (MSRP $33,745) and 2LTZ (MSRP $35,770) add leather upholstery, heated front seats, remote keyless entry and start, High-Intensity Discharge headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, a power sunroof, dual exhaust with bright tips, and standard 19-inch or available 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Chevy calls the new Impala “a striking departure from the status quo” among full-size sedans. Experience all the paradigm-shattering excitement for yourself by scheduling a test drive of the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala today.

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