2020 Chevrolet Impala

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2020 Chevrolet Impala Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 22, 2019


Chevrolet Impala celebrates its 60th birthday this year. Of course, it has changed significantly over the years with the addition of modern tech and design inputs. Yet, it retains the essence of what made the Impala of yore so special. It is a handsome sedan that brings excitement in a different way than any Honda or Merc could.

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Pros

Serene ride

Balanced handling

Capable V6 engine

Spacious cabin and trunk

Good overall value

Cons

Weak standard engine

Some cheap cabin material

Less rear-seat headroom

Stiff ride with 20-inch alloys

What's New?

Expanded availability of LPO-level (accessory) wheel locks, now available on all models

Jet Black Premium Cloth/Leatherette interior color combination, now available with LT Convenience Package.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28020

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu.in.

horsepower

197 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lbs.-ft @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.2/62

dimensions

wheelbase

111.7 in.

length

201.3 in.

width

73 in.

height

58.9 in.

curb weight

3366 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

38.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.6 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/29 mpg

highway range

536.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

 2020 Chevrolet Impala in Black color  2020 Chevrolet Impala in Blue Velvet Metallic color  2020 Chevrolet Impala in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2020 Chevrolet Impala in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat color  2020 Chevrolet Impala in Nightfall Gray Metallic color
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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.2

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

5.0

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Chevrolet Impala LS

LS

power
197 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$28,020


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,020 MSRP (22/25/29) 197 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Summit White
  Silver Ice Metallic
  Blue Velvet Metallic
  Black

 2020 Chevrolet Impala LT

LT

power
197 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$30,520


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,520 MSRP (22/25/29) 197 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Summit White
  Silver Ice Metallic
  Pepperdust Metallic
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Black
  Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
  Nightfall Gray Metallic

 2020 Chevrolet Impala Premier

Premier

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel
mpg
22 combined

$36,720


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $36,720 MSRP (19/22/28) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, flex-fuel
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Silver Ice Metallic
  Pepperdust Metallic
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Blue Velvet Metallic
  Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
  Nightfall Gray Metallic

Expert Review

6.5

Overall Rating


The 2.5L inline-four puts out 197 hp, which an optional 3.6-liter V-6 upgrades on with an output of 305 hp. Front-wheel-drive and six-speed automatic transmission are standard all over the lineup. The 2020 Chevrolet Impala aces in terms of the interior. Both space and build finish gives you a feeling of a full-sized luxury sedan. Even though it faces some competition from the Buick LaCrosse and the Honda Accord, both of which feel more refined, they can't beat the Impala for its value.

2020 Chevrolet Impala front view
2020 Chevrolet Impala front view
2020 Chevrolet Impala rear view
2020 Chevrolet Impala rear view

8.0/10
Features

 

7.2/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

6.0/10
Exterior

 

5.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Chevrolet Impala Features

8.0/10

The Chevrolet Impala is available in three trim levels. Two engines are available. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder (197 horsepower, 191 pound-feet of torque) is standard on the LS and LT trim levels, while a 3.6-liter six-cylinder (305 hp, 264 lb-ft of torque) is standard for the Premier and optional on the others. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission and are only available with front-wheel drive.

The LT variant sells for a $28,000 price tag is one of the lowest in the class, and you get lots of standard features for that price. However, the advanced safety features are reserved only for the top-level trims.

Trim

LS

LT

LTZ

Premier

MSRP

$27,095

$29,460

$35,540

$37,595

Key Features

OnStar communication and assistance system

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Bucket front seats

19-inch Wheels

 

Covered front console storage

Multi-level heating

Adaptive Cruise Control Xenon headlights
 

Tilt-and-Telescopic steering

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter

Front Collision Mitigation Heated power seats
 

Power trunk release, power windows

Front passenger seat lumbar adjustment

Panoramic Sunroof Wireless smartphone charging pad
 

18-inch steel wheels

Premium cloth/leatherette upholstery

  Exclusive exterior accents
 

Eight-way power Driver's seat

Motorized touchscreen with hidden storage

 

Six-speaker stereo Bluetooth

 

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If you have to choose one, the LT variant hits the sweet spot. It comes equipped with a safety suite from the top variant and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. Impala’s V6 powertrain is much better than the standard 4-cylinder for just $1000 extra and gets nearly the same fuel economy. A few more options and you may not even cross the $32,000 mark.

2020 Chevrolet Impala Engine and Performance

7.2/10

"What the Impala has in spades, though, is that smooth large-car feeling on the road. … Perhaps the more significant issue is that midsize sedans, such as the excellent new Honda Accord, rival the Impala for space and refinement at a much lower starting price" - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 2020  Impala offers two engine choices. The LS and LT trims use a 197-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4. The other 3.4 liter V6 which puts out 305 hp is standard on the LTZ variant while optional on the other trims. Both the powertrains deliver ample grunt for city driving and highway passes. The extra power from the V6 is helpful in taking off from a stop when the car is loaded with passengers.

2019 Chevrolet Impala Engine
2020 Chevrolet Impala Engine

Regardless of engine, the Impala uses a 6-speed automatic transmission to transferring power to front wheels. Shifts are smooth and quick in the automatic mode. You can also use the manual shift button which is placed above the shift lever.

Models

Chevrolet Impala
Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

MSRP

$37,595

$38,890

$38,305

$39,040

$30,390

Engine

3.6L V6

3.3 LV6 DOHC

3.5L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

305 hp @ 6800 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

288 hp @ 6500 rpm

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

300 hp@ 6350 rpm

Torque

264 ft-lbs. @ 5200 rpm

253 ft-lbs. @ 5200 rpm

254 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

260 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

264 ft-lbs@ 4800 rpm

Chevy Impala produces the highest number of horses with its V-6 powertrain followed by Dodge Charger which puts out 300 hp. The Kia Cadenza takes the third spot, with the Ford Taurus producing the lowest power output of all.

Acceleration

Chevrolet Impala with its V6 engine can jump to 60 mph from a standstill in just 6.7 seconds. The four-cylinder engine is much slower to attain 60 mph mark. It does get up to highway speed rapidly and the shifts are smooth. The throttle response is adequate and you never feel that it can run out of grunt.

2019 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala

Models

Chevrolet Impala
Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

0-60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.5 sec

5.2 sec

5.8 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter mile

14.8 sec

15 sec

13.7 sec

14.2 sec

14.8 sec

Engine

3.6L V6

3.3L V6

3.5L V6 

3.6L V6 

3.6L V6 

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.0

7.7

8.4

8.4

7.6

You aren't going to win any drag races if you show up with an Impala. Still, it measures up quite well to other large sedans in terms of performance. The 15-second quarter-mile drag time is average for such a car. It won't save you any less on emission taxes as well.

Ride and Handling

Impala’s performance from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is fine for commuting, but the much-required power for passing highway traffic comes from the 3.6-liter V6. The 6 speed CVT transmission shifts seamlessly through all the gears and powers the front wheels. Chevy’s electronically assisted steering wheel is pleasant and regardless of speed, it is responsive on corners. The Impala’s upright seating position gives you a commanding view of the road. Although the Impala is a full-size sedan, it is easy to maneuver and park. The torque vectoring system can split the power between the front and rear wheels under different circumstances.

This is a luxurious, comfortable and quiet car with a ride that’s plush without being flimsy on higher velocities. The powerful V6 is a joy to drive in any situation, whether you want to merge in traffic or climb a mountain. Put the pedal to metal and Impala will screech tires to reach 60 mph in no time. Remember, not so with the standard inline 4. The suspension is well-tuned to absorb bumps and cabin remains noiseless. Impala Premier model is equipped with the optional 20-inch aluminum wheels sure look terrific, but there is a penalty to be paid in terms of ride quality and interior noise.

Braking

The pedal feel is slightly soft, but it's easy enough to modulate around town. A panic stop from 60 mph takes 120 feet, which is average for this class of vehicle. Emergency stops are straight and performance remains consistent. 

2019 Chevrolet Impala wheel
2020 Chevrolet Impala wheel

Model

Chevrolet Impala
Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.6

13.9

13.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.4

11.8

13.6

12.6

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3700

3770

4140

4013

4020

60-0 MPH (ft.)

118

120

125

121

110

2020 Chevrolet Impala Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The standard four-cylinder engine of the 2020 Impala gets an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are about average for the class. The gutsy V6 is only slightly less efficient, delivering 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The V6 would cost you about $250 more per year in fuel than the four-cylinder. Given its dimensions and weight, the Impala is reasonably fuel-efficient.

Model

Chevrolet Impala
Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

MPG (city)

18

20

18

19

19

MPG (highway)

28

27

26

30

30

MPG (combined)

22

23

21

23

23

Range (city/highway) (miles)

333 / 518

370 / 500

342 / 494

N/A

352/555

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

18.5

19.0

18.5

18.5

2020 Chevrolet Impala Interior

7.0/10

Like the classic Chevy bearing the same name, it offers comfort and roominess at an affordable price” - Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

Chevrolet Impala’s interior is engulfed with a mix-match of textures, lines, and materials. The shape of the sweeping dual-cowl dashboard is lovely which swoops into the door panels. Its 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment sits high on its dash with nicely laid controls beneath it. The audio system has a hidden storage compartment behind the LCD screen.

2019 Chevrolet Impala seating
2020 Chevrolet Impala Rear Seat

Chevy’s front seats are comfortable with an ample amount of support and offer eight-way power adjustment. The back seat is wide and well-shaped which can fit an average individual well. There is a generous amount of legroom and headroom with a spacious cabin. The dual-zone climate control system works well and is suited for all types of climates.

Model

Chevrolet Impala
Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/57.9/45.8

38.5/58.3/45.5

39.0/57.9/44.2

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/56.9/39.8

37.6/56.5/37.2

37.8/56.9/38.1

37.9/57.7/40.1

36.6/57.9/40.1

Chevy Impala takes the crown when it comes to cabin space followed by Dodge Charger GT. Ford Taurus and Kia Cadenza take the third and fourth spot respectively.

Infotainment System

The Impala features GM's OnStar standard 8-inch touchscreen display. It is large for the class and quick to respond. In many aspects, it surpasses other American sedans for its quality. The system still uses the Sync3 infotainment system, which is easy to use but is starting to show its age. All trims have voice control and navigation included. Some other infotainment features include:

2019 Chevrolet Impala Infotainment
2020 Chevrolet Impala Infotainment Display
  • Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Apple CarPlay 
  • Android Auto 
  • Available Wireless charging 
  • Optional six USB ports
  • Available Chevrolet Mobile App Compatibility

Cargo Capacity

The Impala aces in cargo capacity with its gargantuan trunk, nearly dwarves every class rival. You will have no issues in loading large suitcases or other belongings since the trunk gives a wide berth to load in any luggage. The Impala's second row folds down nearly flat in a 60/40 configuration to let you haul long items. The boot lid can be operated remotely, although the Impala does no feature a kick-to-open feature.

2019 Chevrolet Impala Trunk
2020 Chevrolet Impala Trunk

Model

Chevrolet Impala
Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

18.8

16.0

20.1

16.3

16.5

To be more precise, you can fit 18.8 ft. cube of shopping bags and other stuff in this new Chevy. It has the most amount of cargo space compared to its competitors. Even with such a massive trunk, it falls short of the Ford Taurus, which can carry 20.1 cubic feet of cargo with all the seats up.

Interior Features

  • Driver and passenger seat with power adjustable lumbar support
  • Rear ventilation ducts
  • 4 one-touch power windows
  • Cruise control
  • Cruise control
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • Interior air filtration
  • 100 watts stereo output
  • Alloy wheels
2020 Chevrolet Impala cockpit area
2020 Chevrolet Impala cockpit area
2020 Chevrolet Impala seating
2020 Chevrolet Impala seating
2020 Chevrolet Impala air vents
2020 Chevrolet Impala air vents
2020 Chevrolet Impala rear seat
2020 Chevrolet Impala rear seat
2020 Chevrolet Impala sunroof
2020 Chevrolet Impala sunroof
2020 Chevrolet Impala steering
2020 Chevrolet Impala steering

2020 Chevrolet Impala Exterior

6.0/10

"As SUVs continue to grow in popularity, full-size sedans are having a harder time attracting an audience. In the case of the … Chevrolet Impala, however, luring in potential customers isn't all that difficult, especially when one considers the tremendous value offered by Chevy's longest running sedan." -Autotrader

Dimension and Weight

The 2020 Impala looks striking from every angle with classic lines designed to impress. It is a full-size sedan with 201.3 inches in length and 58.9 inches of height. It has a particularly large front, and rear overhangs accentuate its proportions. Two character lines – one from the headlamp to the rear door handle and the other one that swoops up and over the rear wheel create a beefy look.

2019 Chevrolet Impala side view
2020 Chevrolet Impala Side View

The chiseled hood leads into a sweptback windshield and rooftop. The rear is intricate with a mixture of surfaces. With its tastefully designed grille housed between big circular LED lamps looks prominent. The Premier trim is equipped with the optional 20-in aluminum wheels that sure look terrific. It was last redesigned in the year 2014 and isn’t likely to look dated any time soon.

Model

Chevrolet Impala
Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3700

3770

4140

4013

4020

Length(in)

201.3

195.7

202.9

198.6

198.4

Width(in)

73.0

73.6

76.2

75

75.0

Height(in)

58.9

57.9

60.7

58.7

58.2

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.5

5.1

5.0

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

111.7

112.4

112.9

120.2

120.2

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/62

63.1/63.4

65.3/65.5

63.4/63.8

63.4/63.8

Chevy Impala cast the largest shadow with 201 inches of length which is equal to Ford Taurus. The Dodge Charger takes the second spot in terms of size followed by Kia Cadenza. The Chrysler 300 may be a shorter car, but its longer wheelbase enables it to remain more stable around corners. Its superior suspension also gives it an edge in soaking up bumps more effectively.

Exterior Features

  • Heated side mirrors
  • 18-inch standard alloys
  • 19-inch optional aluminum alloys
  • 20-inch optional aluminum alloys
  • Chrome trim badges
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Optional High-Intensity Discharge headlamps (HID)
  • Front intermittent wipers
  • Black Impala emblems
  • Optional Twin-chrome exhausts
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala
2020 Chevrolet Impala

2020 Chevrolet Impala Safety

5.0/10

The massive body of the Chevy Impala does much to improve its occupant's safety. It has received near-perfect scores from all federal vehicle safety authorities. The NHTSA gave the 2020 Chevrolet Impala its highest overall rating of five stars. The IIHS gave its highest grade of 'Good' in almost all categories. The car missed a perfect scoresheet by underperforming in rollover tests and poor headlight performance in its lower trims.

The 2020 Chevrolet Impala now gets the much needed rearview camera as standard. Aside from the standard safety equipment, the Impala can also be equipped with following advanced active safety features and driver assistance systems:

  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Rear Park assist
  • Lane change alert and lane keep assist
  • Panic Brake Assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward collision warning
  • Adaptive cruise control

2020 Chevrolet Impala Competition

Ford Taurus

The Ford Taurus is offered in two engine options, both the 288-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and the optional 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four drive the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available on the V-6, something that is completely absent on the Chevy Impala. The Taurus offers impressive gas mileage and handling but is smaller than the Impala. The design looks aged, which has certainly put Taurus in serious doubt for its future. The Impala has an edge in terms of overall performance. The size of the chevy also grants it an edge in passenger and cargo space.

2019 Ford Taurus
2020  Ford Taurus

Dodge Charger

The Charger is not a car for sensible people as it is obscenely fast, makes a loud noise, and comes in quirky colors. The Charger can be equipped with several powertrain options ranging from 292-hp V6 to 485-hp Hemi V-8. Dodge also offers its big sedan with an AWD option. The Impala is much suited for people who desire luxury with a pinch of sportiness, while the performance enthusiast can go well with the Charger.

2019 Dodge Charger
2020  Dodge Charger

Kia Cadenza

The Cadenza is powered by a 3.3 liter V6 sourced from the Hyundai Genesis sports car with 290 horsepower under the hood, there's an 8-speed automatic transmission which means it can leave the boring Avalon in its dust and settle for a position right next to the Impala in terms of performance. The interior is very well designed with shapes and lines, and feel more German than Korean, to be honest. It has managed to score better than the Impala in IIHS safety ratings as well. Nevertheless, if you are truly looking for luxury at a value, the Chevrolet Impala is the superior choice.

2019 Kia Cadenza
2020  Kia Cadenza

 

2020 Chevrolet Impala Final Verdict

The Chevrolet Impala comes with attractive styling, dynamic driving experience and a long list of standard features. The inline four-cylinder gets the job done and V6 offers a lot more acceleration. Impala’s ride is comfortable with a serene cabin and an intuitive infotainment system. If you desire a car with surplus luxury and a bit of sporty character, then nothing suits you better than the Impala.

FAQs

Where is the 2020 Chevrolet Impala built?

The Chevrolet Impalas that are available in the US can belong to any of the two GM production plants. The GM-Hamtramck factory in Detroit, Michigan or the GM Oshawa factory in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

Is the Impala a muscle car?

The Chevrolet Impala is often credited with starting the muscle car era. The first Impala was a Bel Air that had a bigger 348 hp V8. However, the Impala has moved towards the luxury full-sized sedan category of late. And it is all the much better for it.

Is GM going to discontinue the production of Chevy Impala?

GM announced that it was going to discontinue the production of several of its cars as part of its cost-cutting measures of 2020. For now, the Impala is not going to be a part of the execution. A 2020 version will see production in the last quarter of 2020.

Which car is bigger, the Malibu or the Impala?

The Chevrolet Impala is undoubtedly the bigger car. It has a longer wheelbase, more passenger space, and offers a bigger trunk. Moreover, the Impala is wider and has a higher roof over the ground as compared to the Malibu.