While the 2014 Chevrolet Impala may have many charming qualities and boast a plethora of engine options, one feature it reportedly won't be offering is all-wheel drive. According to GMInsideNews.com, Chevrolet reps have said all-wheel drive is not part of the short-term or long-term plan for the new large sedan.

While the Impala will share a platform with the Cadillac XTS and Buick LaCrosse – both of which do offer AWD – apparently General Motors wants to keep the Impala front-drive-only to help differentiate it from the Buick and Cadillac. While it remains to be seen whether the lack of all-wheel drive will hurt the Impala's chances of competing with the Ford Taurus and Dodge Charger, which both offer it, Chevy's people have reportedly called all-wheel drive a "very slim piece of the full-size sedan market."


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      whofan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since when is a Impala suppose to be an enthusiast car? The Impala has been a big grocery getter family hauler as long as I remember. I do think the coupe should come back. I had a 1978 Impala coupe with the rear beveled glass the 305 engine didn`t have enough power to get out of it`s own way . When I was a kid my parents had a red 1970 Impala coupe complete with the red vinyl seats horrible car but it had the good 350 engine. I remember the olive and turkquoise green Impalas of the late 60`s most had a oil slick going wherever they were parked. Some of the things you young guys see at the car shows now days doesn`t truely represent what was the everyday car back in the day. This new Impala is a handsome design and I`d take one of these over the rolling rocking around corners yachts of yesteryear. Good job Chevrolet! If I were hell bent on RWD I`d buy a Camaro Corvette, or a truck.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
        I think someone with a nice 63' or 64' Impala in their garage would disagree with you. The 94' - 96' Impala SS got a lot of attention from enthusiasts as well. Otherwise, you are right. They became grocery getters in the 70s, and returned as such in 2000.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @whofan
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      jayss2k07
      • 2 Years Ago
      Reading the posts, I don't get all the hate over this design. It's conservative, but that's what most buyers of mid-size sedans are looking for. They put a premium on function. The Sonata when it first came out was highly styled, and now the look is already beginning to become yesterday's news. Plus, the interior of this car looks well thought out.
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jayss2k07
        Yesterday's news to who? Sales are just as strong as ever for the Sonata. You can make styling arguments for any style no matter how conservative or polarizing. Besides, the Impala is not designed to light the world on fire -- no full size car is. It's designed to be a cash cow when it comes to fleets and light-duty cop cars.
          jayss2k07
          • 2 Years Ago
          @regionrat
          Not saying that the Sonata is a bad car at all. It's a decent car if a bit uninspiring to drive. My point is that highly stylized cars often don't age gracefully. The last generation 5 Series is a case in point. All those flaming surfaces gave way to a much more conservatively styled replacement. The Sonata sells because first and foremost its a pretty decent car that offers value for money.
      Latinthx
      • 2 Years Ago
      i have to say Cheverolet has really impressed me with this design and from the pictures (i have not seen this in person yet) the quality leaps from the screen, just seems so nice. i hope they execute as well as pitched here in these fotos - i hope also that they dont delute this model with cross models into other GM brands, its kinda of dissapointing and would discourage me from buying it if i saw another interpretation as a buick or god knows what. but its very nice looking - i cant wait to see this in person .
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I don't think it's a slim part of the market, I don't think it's unreasonable to ask people to move up to a Buick to get it. There are a lot of shared VW/Audi platforms that don't offer AWD on the VW version in the US. This is similar.
        Nickoo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        This car kills the buick lacrosse in it's current form. They basically just gave all GM customers a reason not to buy lacrosse.
      Dean Hammond
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks WAY better in darker hues.....I saw this and thought Accord/ Crosstour....in darker hues it takes on a totally different persona...its growing on me...SLOWLY...
      Jerrycobra
      • 2 Years Ago
      i am a ford guy, and i think this car looks good, so dunno why there is hate, but FWD tho, i do not like, lol
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jerrycobra
        There hasn't been a RWD Impala since 1996, that's 16 years ago. Don't hold your breath. I still don't understand the FWD hate.
          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fixitfixitstop
          95% of those screaming for RWD wouldn't know the difference nor understand the difference between the two. Worse yet, they have no clue why cars now have to resort to FWD.
      mad-chi-town
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this car a lot but it definitely looks better in darker colors.
      whdlsn
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it was a rear wheel drive & had a V-8, i'd buy one.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      You don't need all wheel drive when you plan on throwing on some 30" rims.
      Darin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! So many opposing comments on the Impala..I happen to think it's a beautiful car and much nicer than it's predicessor. It's gonna give the all new Ford Taurus a run for it's money. If you want to see ugly..Look at most of the Buick's and the Cadillac's. Those diaginal headlights have got to go on the Caddy's and they basically haven't changed since early 2000 when the "all new " models were introduced.
      jules
      • 2 Years Ago
      All wheel drive kills your gas mileage.
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