2017 Chevrolet Impala

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2017 MODEL
$27,500 - $40,915 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Now here's a car known the world over for being driven by rappers and movie stars alike without having a price tag that would require selling your soul or mortgaging your house. It's not a soccer mom mobile either but a symbol of American prosperity and blue collar pride without embodying any of its evils. Of course, the car in discussion here is the Chevy Impala and they have a face lifted version out for 2017. Great.

The ever evolving family sedan scene was taken over by the Japs in the noughties but now it seems that the Americans and Koreans have made a comeback much like boy bands of the 90's. So now the Impala has three main opponents to face; the Toyota Avalon, Buick LaCrosse (basically the same car but never mind) and the Kia Cadenza. At $27,500 the Impala is cheaper than the rest but is it any better? Time to find out…


7.5/10
Features

 

6.9/10
Engine

 

6.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

7.7/10
Exterior

 

5.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

No this isn't 1963 so don't expect a big glorious V8 under the hood and don't expect an SS trim either (all you can do now is pray for it), but good news, they do have a 3.6 L V6 that makes 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque just like a Camaro and if that's too much for you, you could also go for a 2.5 four-cylinder motor that makes 197 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. In both cases, the ponies are directed to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2017 Chevrolet Impala Features

7.5/10

This Chevy comes in three distinct trims; namely the 'LS' , 'LT' and the range topping 'Premier' each of which are loaded with all the necessary features and tech you could expect from a car in this segment. No there's no sugar coating here because the new Impala has actually been provided with anything and everything you'd find on a big executive sedan these days. Thank god for customer feedback eh?

If you still don't believe it, do take a look for yourself:

Trim LS LT Premier
MSRP

 

(FWD)

$27,500  $29,765 $35,845
Key

 

Features

  All of LS's features + All of LT's features +
ECOTEC 2.5L direct injected 4-cylinder engine with stop/start technology 6-speed automatic transmission 3.6L DOHC V6 engine with Direct Injection
10 airbags Outside heated power-adjustable mirrors with body-color caps, turn signal indicators and ground illumination Rear vision camera and Rear Park Assist
StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control Foldable rear-seat head restraints Advanced safety features:

Forward Collision Alert
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert
6-speaker sound system with 100-watt amplifier USB port in center console Three USB ports: two in the center console, one behind radio touch-screen CD/MP3 player
Driver Information Center with full-color, high-resolution display Compass display in Driver Information Center

Lower LED daytime running lamps

High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps

Remote Keyless Entry Power-adjustable passenger-seat lumbar control

Keyless Open and Start

 

Single-zone air conditioning system with humidity sensor

Dual-zone automatic climate control

4-way adjustable front-seat head restraints

Perforated leather-appointed seating

Cruise control with Set and Resume Speed

Bluetooth audio streaming

Remote vehicle starter system
Steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
4.2-inch diagonal color display and auxiliary input jack

Chevrolet MyLink7 Radio with 8-inch diagonal color

Touch-screen with motorized power up/down and hidden storage

Heated front seats

 

What we recommend

Of course the differences between the base models and the top models have now been bridged as a number of features that were exclusive to the Premier trim are now being offered as optional extras on the LS and LT models but still, there is a clearer choice if you want a brand new Impala in your garage.

A V6 powered LT will be more than sufficient, feature-wise and performance-wise, without ever stepping over the $40k mark unlike the Premium trim. Done deal.

2017 Chevrolet Impala Engine

6.9/10

Engine and Transmission

Sure, there's no doubt that the 2.5 liter four cylinder could use a lot more power than a barely imposing 197 hp but fear not, the Camaro-sourced (sounds good saying that, doesn't it?) 3.6 liter V6 makes a healthy 305 hp enough to make you feel like a motoring guru among your Prius-loving neighbors who don't acknowledge the existence of engines having more than 4 cylinders. 

Models Chevrolet Impala Premier Toyota Avalon Kia Cadenza Buick LaCrosse
MSRP $35,845 $33,300 $31,990 $32,065
Engine 3.6L 6 cyl 3.5L 6cyl 3.3L 6cyl 3.6L 6cyl
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 305 hp 268 hp 290 hp 310 hp
Torque 264 lb-ft 248 lb-ft 253 lb-ft 268 lb-ft

The four-banger makes a net torque of 184 lb-ft but the V6 makes a gratifying 264lb-ft which is a lot more than the Toyota and Kia but slightly lesser than the Buick. Oh, the case is the same when it comes to the power output as the Impala walks over everything expect that privileged LaCrosse. They've cleverly tuned the performance figures despite having the same motor. Probably to justify the extra mulla? 

Acceleration

As the commanding manly stance of the Impala might suggest, it isn't exactly lightweight. Weighing close to 3700 lbs, it really is nothing short of a miracle that this big boy shoots to 60MPH from a standstill in just 6.1 seconds and it is also quicker than both the Avalon and the Cadenza. But like every other department we look into, the ace of the acceleration game is the LaCrosse thanks to the few more ponies it packs under the hood.

Models Chevrolet Impala Premier Toyota Avalon Kia Cadenza Buick LaCrosse
0-60 MPH 6.1 sec 6.4 sec 6.5 sec 5.8 sec
Quarter mile 13.8 sec 14.8 sec 14.8 sec 14.6 sec  
Engine 3.6L 3.5L 3.3L 3.6L  
Emission

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

7.6 7.4 7.6 7.7  

Then we come to a shocker which is the fact that the Impala is the quickest on the quarter mile. Yes the QUICKEST. The Buick loses out by almost a second maybe due to the extra weight that it carries. 13.8 seconds and the Impala has devoured the quarter mile as opposed to the LaCrosse's 14.6 seconds. For further details about the acceleration figures, check out the table below:

Handling and Steering

The steering of the Impala is electric and is mostly electronically controlled but it isn't exactly lifeless as most other cars in its segment. It gives ample amount of feedback and lets the driver feel a reassuring and almost entertaining upper hand over the car's dynamics. It's also safe to say that the steering could easily be the most driver-focused one amongst its rivals.

At high speeds, the Impala feels very stable and maneuverable mostly because of the solid bodywork and refinement. Around corners, it's no BMW M3 but there is only a bearable amount of under-steer which cannot be said about most family sedans these days. Overall, it's not the kind of car which you'll get bored of driving every day and the experience might be even more rewarding if you go for that delicious V6.

Braking

All that accelerating prowess means that the Impala must be able to come to a full stop quickly. That's exactly why it has the biggest brakes here ensuring that 60-0 MPH happens in only 118 ft. which is quite impressive for a car of its size.

Model Chevrolet Impala Premier Toyota Avalon Kia Cadenza Buick LaCrosse
Brake Front (in.) 12.6 11.7 12.6 12.6
Brake Rear (in.) 12.4 11.1 11.8 NA
Curb Weight (lbs.) NA 3505 3633 3840
60-0 MPH (ft.) 118 126 120 123

The Avalon takes a relatively lengthy 126 ft and the Cadenza takes a decent 120ft to come to a standstill from 60MPH. As the LaCrosse is heavier than the Impala, it takes 123 ft. to come to a complete stop. The brakes in the front are 12.6 inches in diameter and the ones at the rear are 12.4 inches in diameter, the same as the Buick so the extra weight is the only factor responsible for its lackluster performance here.

2017 Chevrolet Impala Fuel Economy

6.9/10

Even though the 2.5 liter would be the engine of choice if you're really bothered about fuel economy, the V6 Premier gives a combined fuel economy figure of 25 MPG which means Chevy gave as much importance to performance as the fuel economy. Okay, that was unexpected.

Model Chevrolet Impala Premier Toyota Avalon Kia Cadenza Buick LaCrosse
MPG (city) 22 21 20 20
MPG (highway) 30 30 28 29
MPG (combined) 25 24 23 23

On the highway, expect around 30 MPG and in the city, expect around 22 MPG. Here are the fuel economy figures of the Impala in comparison to its opponents:

2017 Chevrolet Impala Interior

8.5/10

 

Following the footsteps of its large and roomy ancestors, the new Impala is comfy enough for 5 fairly large adults and will provide them with exceptional back and thigh support. Go for the optional heated seats and you wouldn't even feel like getting out of the damn thing.

Frankly, when it comes to the relaxed ride and endless amounts of legroom it gives, there certainly is no other car like it in the segment. Well, except the LaCrosse but that's an Impala underneath anyway...

Model Chevrolet Impala Premier Toyota Avalon Kia Cadenza Buick LaCrosse
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.9/57.9/45.8 38.5/58.2/42.1 40.2/58.3/45.5 38.4/57.7/42.0
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/56.9/39.8 37.9/57.0/39.2 37.9/56.5/37.2 38.4/56.6/38.0

Interior Features

  • MyLink infotainment system
  • 8 inch infotainment screen
  • Driver information display
  • Mylink radio
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional leather trim
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Apple Car Play
  • Android Auto

Infotainment

The 'MyLink' infotainment system controls all the digital shenanigans inside the Impala much like all the other Chevys on sale. The 8 inch infotainment screen was designed with ergonomics and driver accessibility in mind as the selectable icons are as large as you'd want them to be so even your Grandma could play her favorite track without going on a treasure hunt for the right icon. Also on offer are:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple Car Play
  • Android Auto
  • Three USB ports
  • Satellite radio
  • Dual Zone Climate control
  • 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity

Cargo Volume

It is an infamous fact that 60's Caddies and Impalas had huge rear boots probably to assist mafia families in dumping bodies but there is a less scary and more reasonable explanation for the large cargo space available in the new Impala. Just like any other mainstream family sedan, its boot has enough space to fit all kinds of grocery and school bags.

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.

Model Chevrolet Impala Premier Toyota Avalon Kia Cadenza Buick LaCrosse
Trunk Volume (ft.3) 18.8 16.0 16.0 15.0

2017 Chevrolet Impala Exterior

7.7/10

Dimensions and Weight

The previous generation Impala wasn't exactly the best looking car in the segment and the harsh criticism against its blob-like, unattractive design must've really struck some chords with the designers at GM because the 2014 Impala was on a different level in terms of its looks. One look at the refreshed car and it becomes obvious that they aren't playing it safe anymore.

This generation retains the beautiful lines we have all grown to love right from the Impalas in the 60's which should've ideally been the design direction for this decade of Impalas in the first place. With its bold stance, assertive and macho front end, it's perfectly alright to imagine Ice Cube cruising down the streets of Cali in one of these vibing to 'Today was a good day'.

Model Chevrolet Impala Premier Toyota Avalon Kia Cadenza Buick LaCrosse
Curb weight (lbs.) 3700 3505 3633 3840
Length(in) 210.3 195.3 195.7 197.5
Width(in) 73.0 72.2 73.6 73.5
Height(in) 58.9 57.5 57.9 57.5
Ground clearance (in) NA 5.5   NA
Wheelbase (in) 111.7 111.0 112.4 114.4
Track width (in) F/R 62.2/62.0 62.6/62.2 63.3/63.6 62.9/63.1

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

 

2017 Chevrolet Impala Safety

5.9/10

The Impala is loaded with tons of safety features and here is a list of all that you could expect regardless of what trim you choose:

  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Forward collision warning
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • 10 airbags
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Seat belt pretensioners
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Brake assist system
  • Anti-theft alarm
  • Thicker glass windows
  • Automatic Emergency Braking

NHTSA Rating

The NHTSA tests proved that the Impala is one of the safest sedans out there and here is why it performed so well:

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 4 star
Combined side rating front seat 4 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

IIHS Safety Ratings

Crashworthiness
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Roof strength Good

Small overlap front Driver-side

Acceptable
Crash Avoidance and Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention Superior
Headlights Poor
LATCH Acceptable

 

2017 Chevrolet Impala Competition

Chevrolet Impala vs Toyota Avalon

Standing on top of the Camry and the Corolla, the Avalon is Toyota's flagship luxury sedan that serves as the base for Lexus models like the new LS 450. For those sneaky engineers to use the Avalon chassis for a Lexus, it must've been really good in the first place. And it is. They're reliable, safe and cheaper to maintain than most cars in this segment.

Under the hood, there's a 3.5 liter V6 making 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque which means performance wasn't on the set of priorities either. All that aside, it's a comfy, fuel efficient and sensible large sedan.

Chevrolet Impala vs 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.

Chevrolet Impala vs Buick LaCrosse

There was a time when Buick would churn out gorgeous, open-top land yachts with V8s of all shapes and sizes with no regard to middle-class car buyers. It gets the same powertrain as the Impala but here, the four-cylinder isn't available because, upmarket!

That V6 now makes 310 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque and starts off at $32k going up to almost $50k or more depending on how you spec it. If you are willing to stretch your budget just a wee bit, you'll get an Impala with more luxury and more curves on the outside.

2017 Chevrolet Impala Final Verdict

Impalas ruled the world in the 50's and 60's being the car of choice for middle-eastern sheikhs, wealthy middle-class folks and muscle car lovers at the time. Then it was known for being driven and bragged about in gangsta-rap songs and after that, it fell down the drain. Fast forward a couple of years and in good old 2017, it has decided to make a comeback with tasty looks and performance to match. It's a genuinely good car and fun to drive too.

Pros

Prettiest new Impala yet

V6 motor is just sublime

Great driving dynamics

Tons of space inside

Exhaust note

Decent fuel economy

Cons

Only available in FWD

Could use a performance trim

Base motor needs more oomph

What's New?

LS Trim

Leather trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu. in.

horsepower

197 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4 in. ventilated front disc/12.6 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

111.7 in.

length

201.3 in.

width

73 in.

height

58.9 in.

curb weight

3662 lbs.

ground clearance

7.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

105 cu ft.

cargo volume

18.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

9500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/30 mpg

highway range

555 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Chevrolet Impala in Pepperdust Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Impala in Summit White color  2017 Chevrolet Impala in Blue Velvet Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Impala in Black color  2017 Chevrolet Impala in Arctic Blue Metallic color
Pepperdust Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine

6.9

Fuel Economy

6.9

Interior

8.5

Exterior

7.7

Safety

5.9

Driving

8.6

Comfort

7.9

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Chevrolet Impala LS Fleet

LS Fleet

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

$27,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS Fleet 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,500 MSRP (22/25/30) 196 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Impala LS

LS

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

$27,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,500 MSRP (22/25/30) 197 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Impala LT

LT

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

$29,765


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $29,765 MSRP (22/25/30) 196 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Impala Premier

Premier

power
305 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
22 combined

$35,845


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,845 MSRP (19/22/28) 305 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Impala LS CNG

LS CNG

power
260 hp @ 4800 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/natural gas)
mpg
20 combined

$37,675


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS CNG 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $37,675 MSRP (17/20/25) 260 hp @ 4800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/natural gas)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Impala LT CNG

LT CNG

power
197 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/natural gas)
mpg
20 combined

$40,915


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT CNG 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $40,915 MSRP (17/20/25) 197 hp @ 6300 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, flex-fuel (unleaded/natural gas)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

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