Impala – a single word that spins memories for five generations of Chevrolet owners enters its 10th generation on America’s roads.
Since its introduction in 1958, Impala has been General Motors Chevrolet Division’s flagship sedan that has stood the test of time for 56 years.
For 2014, Chevrolet brings a premium look to the Impala lineup replacing the previous model’s styling that resisted significant change for nine years.
“Chevrolet Impala has been redesigned front to back. Its interior also has been given a complete makeover with seat frames from the Cadillac XTS sedan,” says Larry Hill, general sales manager for Smith Chevrolet in Hammond. “This Impala has technology and advanced safety features that were not available on the previous model.”
The 2014 Impala LS, LT and LTZ roll out powered by a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine that delivers 196 horsepower. A 2.4L four cylinder with electric assisted (eAssist) function yields 182 hp and 35 miles per gallon on the highway.
Impala LT and LTZ also are available with a 3.6L V-6 engine for 305 hp.
A 6-speed automatic transmission governs Impala’s powertrain trio.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala LS is the lineup’s price leader at $27,535 followed by the volume segment LT model for $29,795. The premium LTZ begins at $34,555.
Cost for the Impala LT and LTZ equipped with the V-6 is $30,760 and $36,580 respectfully. All prices include destination charge.
Technology advancement has reached the 2014 Impala with handfuls of safety features common with other full-size sedans in the marketplace.
Such assets include 10 standard air bags, with driver and front passenger knee air bag, four-wheel disc brakes with electric brake force distribution and hill hold feature.
Forward collision alert, side blind-zone and lane departure warning, rear vision camera with rear park-assist and cross traffic alert are newly added features.
Collision mitigation braking and full speed-range adaptive cruise control also is available.
All 2014 Impala models are equipped with projector beam headlamp technology.
Impala LS and LT models use halogen projectors, while the up-level LTZ uses high-intensity discharge bi-functional xenon projectors that offer brighter illumination for night-time driving. The LTZ model comes with LED running lights.
Impala’s active grill shutters open and close as needed to regulate air intake for better fuel efficiency while sleek sides and sculpted rear quarter panels aid aerodynamics.
Inside, a flowing interior design wraps driver and front passenger in soft touch dash and door panels bisected by sweeping chrome trim in my LTZ test car.
Standard on Impala LT and LTZ is GM’s latest generation MyLink infotainment system accessed through an 8-inch center stack screen and voice commands.
The system also is utilized with close proximity gestures that magically change functions without touching the display screen.
Though techno-wizardry has moved into its legacy, it is the styling, comfort and full-size value of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala that will turn consumer consideration into new car ownership.