2017 Impala New Car Test Drive
With a history dating back to 1958, Chevrolet's largest sedan continues into the 2017 model year with only a few changes. A V6 engine is now available in the base model, while the 2017 Impala LT can have leather seats. 2017 Chevrolet Impala Premier and LT trim levels gain Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality.
When Chevrolet redesigned its Impala for 2014, it turned from dullness into one of GM's best full-size, front-drive sedans, adopting just the right amount of muscularity and clean, chiseled lines. Not only does it look great, but today's Impala is comfortable, thrifty, and engaging when underway, traits largely absent from its predecessor.
Base Impalas hold a 196-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. A 3.6-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower is optional. Both team with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Impala LS, LT, and Premier trim levels are offered. Each comes with air conditioning, power features, and cruise control. Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, standard with LT and Premium trim, uses an 8.0-inch customizable touchscreen and includes satellite radio as well as a CD player. The audio system has a hidden storage compartment behind the LCD screen. GM's OnStar system includes a wi-fi hotspot.
Four-cylinder models include active noise cancellation, while upper trim levels are fitted with additional sound deadening and thicker glass.
Qualifying as the best-equipped Impala ever, it's an altogether different breed of big car than GM's full-size sedans of earlier eras. Considering its pricing structure, however, the Impala lacks some standard safety features, though 10 airbags are installed.
Standard only in Premier trim, a rearview camera is optional for the LT and isn't even available for the fleet-duty LS version. An optional group of advanced safety features includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Impala a five-star overall crash-test rating, dropping to four stars only for rollover resistance, which is a calculated figure. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earned Good scores in frontal- and side-impact collisions, but hasn't undergone other testing.
Fuel economy is fairly respectable but hardly best-in-class, with the four-cylinder EPA-rated at 22/30 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. With the V6, gas mileage drops to 18/28 mpg City/Highway, or 22 mpg Combined.
Impala LS ($27,500) has the four-cylinder engine plus air conditioning, six-speaker audio, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, a power driver's seat, and 18-inch steel wheels. Few options are available for the LS, which is marketed largely to fleet buyers. (Prices are MSRP and do not include the $875 destination charge.)
Impala LT ($29,765) also is four-cylinder, but adds Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment, cloth/leatherette upholstery, power lumbar for front passenger, Bluetooth phone/audio, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 18-inch alloy wheels, Options include leather seating surfaces, 19-inch wheels, and a rearview camera.
Impala Premier ($35,845) gets a gas/ethanol V6, as well as perforated leather-upholstered seats, heated front seats, a power front passenger seat, 19-inch wheels, pushbutton start, and rear parking sensors,. Safety features include forward-collision and lane-departure warnings, and blind-spot monitoring. Navigation and a sunroof are optional.