2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala

  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala

  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala

  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala

  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala

The new 2014 Chevrolet Impala is, by all accounts, a far superior vehicle to the model it replaces. In fact, it was the first American car to beat out the import competition and earn distinction from Consumer Reports as the best sedan on the market. But not everyone wants the new and improved model.

The outgoing Impala has proven a favorite among fleet buyers, and to keep those customers coming back for more, word has it that Chevy will continue producing the previous version (pictured above) until 2016.

That's two years longer than the outgoing Impala was supposed to last, but the business from rental and government fleets, among others, means that the GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario, will keep on producing the previous model as the Impala Limited. The move follows a similar path taken by previous versions of the Malibu (to say nothing of the long-lived Caprice Classic) that stayed in production for fleet use long after they'd been replaced for individual purchase.


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      anthony_patrick2
      • 1 Year Ago
      i have a 2012 impala LTZ i bought as a ex rental car. got a great price for it. a Passat, Camry, Accord, Avalon packaged the same way and the same amount of miles would have been $10,000 more. i just needed a car cheap and quick and was a great buy for that. with the LTZ i have the sport suspension so its not as soft and sloppy as the LS and LT. the 3.6 is the same as the CTS and Camaro. i get 30mpg highway.
      BLS
      • 1 Year Ago
      GMs fleet strategy (Caprice, Captiva, and Impala Limited) seems pretty smart. The only thing that confuses me is why you would call this one the Impala Limited instead of just the "Classic" because Impala Limited sounds like it should be a step up from the Impala not a rental special.
      ndcart
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if this will help the residual value of the new model. Keeping the new model away from fleet sales could only be a good thing right?
        Julius
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ndcart
        That was the thinking behind keeping the Captiva (think Vue clone) fleet-only while the current Equinox gets updated.
        Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ndcart
        I'm not entirely sure of this, as I have seen the new Impala in rental service. I actually look forward to driving the new one as a rental sometime.
      reattadudes
      • 1 Year Ago
      as always, many comments from the 16-18 year old Autoblog peanut gallery. some thoughts: -not everyone is too concerned with gymkhanas and drifting competitions. -90% of rental car users are only concerned with a roomy and reliable car that has good fuel economy. the Impala has all in spades. -these will do very well in the one-year-old vehicle used car market, just like they are now. -very efficient use of a platform that has been fully amortized for years. probably the highest profit car GM makes...and that's "bad", right? its also comical that most of the posters are totally unaware of how much more expensive the new Impala is. a 2014 loaded version approaches $40,000; the older, "undesirable" model topped out at about $32,000. GM did exactly the same thing in 2011, when they resurrected the Saturn Vue, and called it the (fleet-only) Chevrolet Captiva. another fully amortized, huge profit vehicle for GM, and very popular on the late model used car market.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @reattadudes
        The new version tops out more because it's THAT much better of a car. The same way the Taurus moved up market. You didn't have much to show for $32k in the old Impala.
      roller146
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car is beyond bland and is well known for being an absolutely terrible purchase. I instantly judge drivers of Impalas as less intelligent, less independent, and less resourceful for not spending three minutes to find a competitive vehicle in a given price range. Today, I think less of GM for continuing to build this abomination. I'm impressed with the new Impala as a car, but GM should have given it a new name to disassociate it with the bad joke known as the old Impala
      aruca2526
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only problem is that GM is already selling the new 2014 Impala to fleets. I read in Motortrend by as much as 30% of total sales. The number I see at Enterprise lots makes me believe this.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aruca2526
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      Radwon
      • 5 Months Ago
      Maybe Thrifty will keep this one around for another ten years to screw customers into upgrades. It's better than the Crown Vics/grand Marquis they're currently using.
      Gordon Hedgely
      • 5 Months Ago
      I don't see why Chevy doesn't take one of their retro full-size badges, say like Biscayne or Deluxe (Bel-Air probably has too much cachet), attach it to this car, and sell it to fleet buyers, retirees, and low income households until the proverbial wheels fall off the design (or at least until the new Impala is ready for retirement). Low repair costs, durability, and roominess are the features that matter to these customers, not tech features or modern styling, while for buyers concerned with fuel economy, I'm sure the current Impala's base 4-banger could easily stand in for the 303 hp V-6. With the basic tooling long since paid for (the platform itself dates back to the GM-10 cars that were introduced in 1988), I'm sure GM could still make plenty of profit unloading these things with a sticker price for a 4-cylinder somewhere around $20K (i.e. below the Camry-Sonata-Malibu class of mid-size sedans). I know if I were a municipal fleet buyer, such a vehicle would meet my definition of a budgetary wet dream.
      Arizonarelax
      • 1 Year Ago
      The real question, will GM count these rental Impalas in their sales numbers with the new model that isn't selling well?
        R.t Voll
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Arizonarelax
        The new model isn't selling well? I have been seeing them everywhere here in NY
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @R.t Voll
          All the new Impalas I have seen have a barcode in the window, meaning they are rentals. I'd love to see the fleet ratio for the new model, something tells me it is still pretty high.
      R.t Voll
      • 1 Year Ago
      For the love of god please remove the impala name. Call this the lumina. Thats what it basically is anyways..
        Koushiro Izumi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R.t Voll
        "This model is but the 2014 is not. The 2014 despite not being RWD is very nice and believe it or not its actually faster then the 90s ss models." I want to clarify what I meant in my last post. When I meant that there was only one car that deserved that nameplate....I didn't mean the 90's Impala SS. I was actually referring to what car Chevrolet sells today that's more of a true successor to the 90's Impala and more deserving of the "Impala" name than the '14 Lumina it's on now. I was actually referring to the VF Commodore based 2014 SS sedan. That's what a real Impala (as well as a true Impala SS) should be.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Toneron
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car is not that bad. It's a tool - not all cars are toys. Platform has been around since '88 - and it's pretty bulletproof.
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