2001 Impala New Car Test Drive
Chevrolet Impala is a capable mid-size sedan introduced as a new model in 2000.
The name Impala is resurrected from the stylish mid-size sedan from the 1960s that achieved such strong sales success. The fleet-footed animal in the logo promises grace and performance, and the current car delivers.
Equipped with its powerful 3.8-liter V6, the new Impala is quick, and more responsive than the six-seat models from Toyota, Dodge, Ford and Buick. It shares its platform with the Pontiac Grand Prix, and offers competent suspension tuning, distinctive looks, and plenty of interior room.
Two models are available, both four-door sedans. The base Impala uses a 3.4-liter, 180-horsepower V6 and starts at $19,149. The base 3.4-liter V6 also sees duty in the Pontiac Grand Am and Oldsmobile Alero.
LS ($23,225) gets GM's proven and highly competent 3.8-liter V6, which produces 200 horsepower. Besides the larger engine, the LS comes standard with larger (16-inch) aluminum wheels, quicker steering, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and a wide range of electric amenities. The 3.8-liter engine is shared with the Buick Regal and Lumina LTZ.
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