• Jul 20, 2011
The Chevrolet Impala hasn't had many updates since it last received an overhaul for 2006, but that changes for 2012, at least in the area of powertrains. As we told you back in May, the otherwise untouched Impala will receive General Motors' tried and true 3.6-liter V6 for 2012. The direct-injected engine boasts 302 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque – a far cry from the 211-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 it replaces. Heck, even the optional 3.9-liter V6 could only muster 230 horsepower.

To sweeten the pot a bit more, the Environmental Protection Agency's website now verifies that the 2012 Impala can hit 30 miles per gallon on the highway. That's better than the 29 mpg of the outgoing model, though the '12 model could only manage 18 mpg in city driving, while the '11 model registers a tick better at 19 mpg. While the combined fuel economy of the two models is likely still the same, it's hard to argue with an extra 91 horsepower without a penalty at the pump.

We're still waiting on Chevy to cough up images of the updated 2012 model, but if you've somehow forgotten what the ubiquitous Impala looks like, you can check out our gallery of the 2011 model above.


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      SFGiantsFan35
      • 3 Years Ago
      Enterprise will be thrilled I'm sure.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obviously this is a dated car, but its still a cash-cow for GM. Sure, it needs to be updated, but that won't happen till either it moves to the XTS platform, or gets replaced altogether by some G8-derived RWD platform (which I personally doubt will happen). Still though, for an older vehicle, its nice to see GM continue to update it (at least a little). And it also goes to show you how amazing technology is - this new powertain has almost 100 more HP, and yet it gets slightly better highway mileage.
        Tone
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        This pretty much. For all of the smack the Impala gets, there are tons of them on the road. And the update is coming...with a vengeance.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are images all over the web of the front of the '12 Impala, showcasing the new mesh grill and not much else. Avis fans will appreciate the updated motor and transmission.
      Chuckster
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've driven a 2012 Impala, and they did revise the grille and front air intake to a silver mesh pattern and have completely removed the middle built-in headrest on the backseat. The new powerplant is a welcome addition.
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      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      it still looks very attractive and comtemporary on the exterior...especially considering it still rides on the GM W-body platform which began life in 1985 under the Cutlass Supreme body...but new GM is phasing out the old stuff so im sure the next Impala will be a knockout...the 3.6L was definitely neccessary...its more than Ford ever did with the Crown Vic since 1998
        • 3 Years Ago
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          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          LOL, seriously. This is more attractive? That's funny. They hardly look dated. The Impala definitely shows it's age. And I actually owned one. As far as the comment about it's more than Ford ever did with the Crown Vic, this new motor is really only a product of cost cutting than it is caring about making the car competitive in any way. The Impala was the only car still using the old pushrod motors it didn't make sense to keep that in production for one outdated car when you could just drop a motor in that's widely used across your lineup. Where's with the Crown Vic it wasn't the only car using that V8.
          Diggz
          • 3 Years Ago
          the Sonata is a nicely styled sedan.. and the Optima is just doin its own thing.. but comparing a fullsize to two midsize is unmatched.. and comparing the design of the Impala to the Sonata and Optima is just.... well STOOPID!!
          Darnell Robeson
          • 3 Years Ago
          I like the Optima and Sonata LOL...but yes they are trendy designs that will age very fast unlike this
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          Darnell Robeson
          • 3 Years Ago
          Nothing wrong with using them 2 cars to compare styling...his point was made..they are really trendy looking cars..detail wise they do every hip thing new cars are doing...its nice for now but they will age much faster than something more conservative looking..like the Impala
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        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't know what you are talking about. I just rented an Impala last week, and it was supremely quiet and smooth riding. Very old-school feel where the car glides over the bumps.
        Tone
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't pay too much attention to Lasuck. Trolling GM products makes him fill better about his life. There, there little fella....there, there.
          Tone
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tone
          *feel* C'mon with that edit button AB...
        stickshiftn69
        • 3 Years Ago
        You know what Laser, F-ck you.... the Lumina is a great car too ... i know plenty of people with Luminas that have 200k miles and still going strong with original engine block and transmission ... and they are comfortable and nice inside too... and the impala is great too i am so sick of these insensitive comments .... you know what Laser (and you other GM haters should listen up too)... you dont like it ? go spend your money elsewhere .... go buy a ultra bland, boring, over commercialized Toyota, or buy an over-priced, over-electronic, over-rated BMW or Mercedes ( you better make friends with the service advisiors, and have a laptop with WiFi because those beamers and mercedes are in the shop every 2 weeks for electrical BS, electrical nightmares.... i own and impala, it is not noisy, and does not ride harshly, so your information is inaccurate any way, i love my Impala and i love Luminas too...
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your anti-GM trolling has turned me into a GM fanboi.
      superset5
      • 3 Years Ago
      that is one average looking car. worse than the camry
      A_Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whoa. If the article didn't say it was a 2012 model, I'd think my browser spit up some cached site from 2000, with that picture. D:
      jamiescale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Given the breadth of great cars in this segment, why would anyone buy an Impala? Its like an idiot census...When I see a new Impala driving down the road I immediately think, "idiot"
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        Impalas tend to be bought in bulk. There are a ton of fleet incentives on these things, I think the last numbers I saw had broke 70%. So when I see a new Impala driving down the road I think "tourist".
        boardin85
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        You'd buy it because it's big and cheap. The Taurus might be a much nicer car, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg more than the Impala.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        Yea. Especially when a loaded LTZ stickers for low 30s while not even offering navigation(not counting the OnStar crap). A shame the car gets a good powertrain but has to soldier on with outdated styling on the outdated w-body platform. As far as mpg, not bad. But I had an 07 Impala SS and the 303hp V8 was able to get that if you could stay out of the gas. Granted that had cylinder deactivation.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        It's actually a good car. Reliable, affordable. Yep, boring too.
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