2010 Impala New Car Test Drive
The Chevrolet Impala is a big, roomy sedan. While classified as a mid-size sedan, it's large for that class. Close in size to the Toyota Avalon, it competes with mid-size and full-size cars. Among them: The Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima.
We find the Impala's neat, clean lines pleasing to the eye. Its styling looks contemporary, handsome, and clean. Inside, there's lots of room, in the front as well as the back seats, and getting in and out is easy. The Impala has a big trunk with a big lid that simplifies loading cargo, and it has a generous capacity. Optional flip-and-fold-forward rear seats are exclusive in its class, and provide not only holding wells for groceries but a flat cargo floor that expands the trunk for long items.
On the road, the Impala is very stable, a nice cruiser. There's lots of low-end torque from the larger of the two available V6 engines, a 3.9-liter V6 with advanced technologies. Step on the gas and it goes. Given its size, the Impala handles well, and surprisingly so.
There are three trim levels, ranging from a sensible, reliable, and fuel-efficient family sedan to a more luxurious version with commendable performance and a good complement of features, and the two available V6 engines are dependable, responsive and efficient, while delivering ample performance.
Chevrolet continues to improve and upgrade the Impala. Two important standard features are StabiliTrak, General Motors' electronic stability control system that includes the function of traction control, and the latest generation of OnStar, which will automatically communicate the nature and severity of a crash as well as its location to the call center.
Changes for 2010 are few. There are three new exterior colors, and LT models now have standard fog lamps and offer the optional availability of the Convenience Package, which includes a universal garage-door opener, inside auto-dimming mirror, Bluetooth and outside heated power-adjustable mirrors.
Overall, the Chevrolet Impala is a comfortable and convenient car, practical and enjoyable to drive, with decent performance and fuel economy and competitive pricing.
The 2010 Chevrolet Impala spans a model range that includes the base LS, the mid-range LT and the comprehensively-equipped and more luxurious LTZ.
The Impala LS ($23,890) comes with a 207-hosepower 3.5-liter V6, a four-speed automatic transmission, cloth upholstery, six-way power driver's seat, dual-zone air conditioning, power windows, programmable power locks, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with six speakers, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, cruise control, 16-inch steel wheels, a tire-pressure monitor, four-wheel-disc brakes with anti-lock (ABS) and StabiliTrak, which includes the function of traction control. Options include an engine block heater ($75), 40/20/40 front bench seat ($195), and a flip-and-fold-forward rear seat ($295).
The Impala LT ($25,055) upgrades to 16-inch aluminum wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls and more interior conveniences. Options include leather upholstery ($1,125), sunroof ($900), universal garage door opener ($100), and rear spoiler ($275).
The Impala LT Luxury Edition package ($2,270) includes leather trim, an upgraded OnStar with Directions and Connections and Turn-By-Turn Navigation, heated front seats, six-way power front passenger's seat, Bose premium eight-speaker audio system, flip-and-fold-forward rear seat, and a rear spoiler.
The Impala LTZ ($29,630) comes standard with the equipment of the LT, plus the 238-horsepower 3.9-liter V6 engine and the FE3 performance suspension. Inside you'll find leather upholstery, heated seats with eight-way power on the driver's side and six-way power on the passenger's side, upgraded audio with eight speakers, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls. Standard wheels are 18-inch machined alloys with P235/55R18 tires.
Safety features that come standard on all Impalas include dual front airbags, side-curtain roof-mounted airbags for front- and rear-seat passengers, thorax side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), StabiliTrak with traction control and tire-pressure monitoring.
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