2007 Impala New Car Test Drive
The Chevrolet Impala is a comfortable and convenient car, practical and enjoyable to drive. We find its neat, clean lines pleasing to the eye. Its styling looks fresh and it is. The Impala benefits from its recent redesign for 2006.
Several upgrades and refinements for 2007 make for a better car: The available 3.9-liter V6 gets GM's Active Fuel Management system, which idles cylinders at certain times for improved fuel economy. A tire-pressure monitor comes standard. OnStar comes standard and has been upgraded for 2007, offering the new Turn-by-Turn navigation service. And OnStar will automatically communicate the nature and severity of a crash as well as its location to the 911 centers.
The Impala is a big car. It's generally classified as a mid-size sedan, though it's large for that class, and nearly a full-size. The front and back seats are roomy, though not inordinately so given the size of this car, and getting in and out of the car is easy. and it has a healthy cargo capacity. It has a huge trunk and flip-and-fold back seats that present holding wells for groceries or a flat cargo floor that expands the trunk for long items.
It's very stable on the open road, a nice cruiser. There's lots of low-end torque from the larger of the two available V6 engines, the 3.9-liter V6. Step on the gas and it goes. And it handles well, in fact surprisingly well given its size.
Several models are available, ranging from strong, reliable, fuel-efficient family sedan to sleek and powerful performance car. The mid-level Impala LT probably best exemplifies the model line. We like the LT with the optional 3.9-liter V6 engine, which gets GM's Active Fuel Management system for 2007, which improves real-world fuel economy. The LTZ adds leather and other convenience features. The SS comes with a small-block 5.3-liter V8 engine that sounds great and delivers strong acceleration performance.
For its low price alone, the Impala will be on many family-sedan shopping lists, where it competes against the Ford Five Hundred, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima.
The 2007 Chevrolet Impala spans a broad model range that includes the base LS, the mid-range LT, the loaded LTZ, and the high-performance SS.
Impala LS ($20,830) comes with a 211-hp 3.5-liter V6; a four-speed automatic transmission; cloth upholstery, a split bench seat with six-way power for the driver, air conditioning, power windows and locks, AM/FM/CD, OnStar, cruise control with buttons on the steering wheel, and 16-inch steel wheels. Anti-lock brakes are optional ($600). The Flip & Fold-Flat rear seats ($275) are available. Leather seating surfaces are optional ($1,125), which comes with heated front seats and a six-way power passenger seat. A flex-fuel version of the V6 can burn E85 ethanol; it's standard in some states, optional in others.
LT ($21,440) upgrades to dual-zone air conditioning, bucket seats with six-way power for the driver, ABS, traction control, dual exhaust, fog lights, 16-inch aluminum wheels, remote starter, and interior power outlets. The standard engine is the 3.5-liter V6. The 3.9-liter V6, now with Active Fuel Management and 233 horsepower comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, priced as a separate 3LT trim level ($24,160).
LTZ ($26,250) comes standard with the 3.9-liter V6 and adds leather upholstery, heated seats with eight-way power, upgraded audio with MP3 capability, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and a new-tire-pressure monitor.
The SS ($27,855) boasts a 303-hp all-aluminum 5.3-liter V8 designed specifically for front-wheel-drive applications. It also features Active Fuel Management (formerly called Displacement on Demand) and drives through a heavy-duty four-speed automatic. The SS comes with 18-inch wheels and tires, a performance suspension, and leather-appointed seats.
For 2007, XM Satellite Radio is standard on SS; optional on LS, LT and LTZ.
Safety features that come standard on all Impalas include dual front smart air bags and side-curtain roof-mounted air bags for front- and rear-seat passengers. All but the base LS model come standard with anti-lock brakes (ABS) and traction control.