SHARP TURNS – New Impala catches my eye

2013-06-28T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – New Impala catches my eyeMATT SHARP Auto Columnist nwitimes.com
June 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The all-new Chevrolet Impala is slightly bigger and a bit pricier than the other vehicles I have been talking about. I couldn’t resist doing research on this one though; this one might be a little more for me this time.

The advertisers over at Chevy are doing their job right because the Impala commercial is what first grabbed my attention; that and my Dad is considering buying one. When I think of Impalas through the years, I don’t really think of that much change. This year was different. I went from not even noticing them to wanting one in my driveway.

The biggest change to me is the look of the new Impala. “From its bold, confident stance to its sweeping roofline, the all-new 2014 Impala is artistically sculpted for lasting impressions. It’s a striking departure from the status quo. The power dome hood, wide chrome grille, projector-beam headlamps, and available LED daytime running lamps project the bold new face of Chevrolet. The provocative silhouette, sculpted body sides and a choice of 18-, 19- or 20-inch wheels contribute further to its dramatic appearance and head-turning profile,” according to Chevy.com. The smooth, flowing contours that aid to the visual appeal, also make the Impala impressively aerodynamic. Being aerodynamic, the vehicle is able to provide a quiet ride and an estimated 31 miles per gallon.

Just in case you need to get up to 60 mph in about seven seconds, the 3.6L V6 engine will allow that, in 6.8 seconds to be precise. The engine puts out 305 horsepower, and has direct injection that injects the fuel closer to the combustion chamber for an efficient, powerful burn. The handling on the Impala makes you feel one with the road with a tight steering radius and a variable-effort feature, which increases the level of power assistance during low-speed maneuvers. You can zip through the city streets, while feeling the smooth ride Chevy is known for. You feel grounded and comfortable when you take the wheel, and you will feel and enjoy every hill, curve or bump that may come your way.

The spacious interior gives another way to feel one with the road you drive. The seats are all leather with 4-way adjustable front head restraints, and heated and ventilated front seats. It also comes equipped with a heated steering wheel and the dual-cockpit feature, so you can adjust temperature for yourself.

At night, the glow of the car will take your breath away. The screens and knobs are lit like Christmas, and not to mention the soft ice-blue ambient lighting that flows through the car.

Another change I am fond of is all the new storage in the Impala. There’s smart storage in the door panels and armrest, as well as umbrella storage in the front doors. Built into the already spacious console are cup holders and phone storage to keep your phone out of sight but close if needed. Also, there is hidden storage space behind the color touch-screen radio with a Valet Mode that locks the storage area to keep your valuables safe and hidden in under-floor storage in the trunk. The safe and sleek interior of this already gorgeous car makes you feel right at home.

Also, your mind is always at ease with the Impala because of all the technology built into it. It starts with your fingertips on the eight-inch color touch-screen, the largest color touch-screen yet. As you use your touch-screen, it becomes accustomed to your likes and will display those first for you. With all that comes with the new available Chevrolet, MyLink works with your compatible smart phone and Bluetooth wireless technology to stream music and entertainment through the Pandora Internet radio mobile app. Or, you can listen to commercial-free programs through the three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The latest Chevrolet MyLink even allows you to store up to 60 favorites, including radio stations, contacts, destinations, music and other media. It will also recognize your voice for hands-free use. Some other features that add to the already smart Impala are keyless access, Bose surround sound, USB ports and rear vision camera. All that is left for you to do is keep your eyes on the road and drive safe.

Just in case you aren’t safe 100 percent of the time, which most of us aren’t, the Impala has your back. Ten standard airbags and newly available safety technologies will ensure your safety. With Side Blind Zone Alert, your blind spots disappear, a small LED-light will light up in the corresponding outside mirror when another vehicle is detected. It will also let you know if you are drifting into another lane without your turn signal with an audible alert.

As I mentioned before, the Impala is a bit pricier than the other cars I have been talking about. It starts out at a little under $27,000 for the standard model. With all the bells and whistles, and the top model, you’re looking at about $36,000.

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