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Chevrolet Impala: Getting Down To Business

July 2013, by Tariq Kamal - Also by this author

The Chevrolet Impala is no stranger to the fleet segment. Rental operators have been stocking their lots with the full-size sedan since the nameplate was resurrected for the 2000-MY. In 2014, after a full redesign, the Impala has a good shot at increasing its profile among executive fleet buyers.

The changes start at the underpinnings, where the Impala joins the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS on General Motors’ Super Epsilon platform. The new front fascia and sheet metal are clearly inspired by the Camaro — right down to the squinting headlight stack and flared-out rear fenders. The Impala’s signature flying antelope emblem remains in place on the D pillar.

The new car includes a choice of two gasoline engines and an upcoming eAssist mild electric hybrid. The base inline four delivers 195 horsepower at 187 pound-feet of torque and has drawn mixed reviews in the LaCrosse. The optional V-6 is good for 305 horsepower at 264 pound-feet of torque and has won nearly universal praise from critics. The four-banger wasn’t available for road tests, but the V-6 scored high marks for acceleration, cornering and braking.

Specs for the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.
Specs for the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

In the cabin, the Impala scores points with a new layout, a long list of standard features and an even longer list of options. The base LS edition includes 18-inch steel rims, power locks, power windows and mirrors, and an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, not to mention A/C, cruise control, keyless entry and a six-speaker stereo with CD, satellite and HD radio. An optional Convenience package adds rear parking sensors, a cargo net and more.

Next up is the LT, which is subdivided into 1LT (inline four) and 2LT (V-6) editions. The LTs ride on 18-inch alloy wheels and come standard with the MyLink infotainment system displayed on an eight-inch touchscreen. LT buyers can add a sunroof and choose from four option packages: Convenience, Navigation, Premium Seating and Safety.

The LTZ is available with both engines (listed as 1LZ and 2LZ) and includes all of the options listed above as standard equipment, with one exception: The sunroof is standard on the 2LZ and optional on the 1LZ.

The gasoline-powered 2014 Impala is in showrooms now. The hybrid will be available later in 2013. Pricing starts at $26,725 for the LS, $28,975 for the LT and $33,745 for the top-of-the-line LTZ.

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