Car Review: Redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala ready for today's drivers

On its 10th redesign, the folks at GM have got this one right.

Photo: 2014 Chevrolet Impala Photos by Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, July 12, 2013 — For drivers that remember the Impala, this is not the same old car from years past, in fact, it is fully redesigned and worth a try. With a solid cabin, lots of room and a comfortable ride, this might be the full-size sedan you have been looking for in your next vehicle. 

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala

The Impala is now in its 10th morph and this time has been built with the platform reminiscent of the Cadillac XTS and the Buick LaCrosse.

Matched it up with its competition and you will find the 2014 Chevrolet Impala going head to head with the likes of the Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera and the Chrysler 300, all which have their own bells and whistles, but this Chevrolet is definitely worth a look.

With three trim levels on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, there is the LS, LT and the LTZ trims.

With the LT and LTZ you get even further choice as there are the 1LT and 2LT, and the 1LZ and 2LZ to choose from with these packages. The differences in these trim options are the engine as the 1 level represents the four-cylinder and the 2LT and 2LZ have a V6 under the hood.

On the LS, the standards are 18-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, cruise control, eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, trip computer, and audio features like Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite and HD radio as well as USB/iPod connectivity.

If you opt for the convenience package on the LS you also get rear parking sensors, foldable rear headrests and a cargo net.

For the LT trim, it is 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a MyLink infotainment interface. As well, there is Bluetooth streaming audio and an SD card slot.

For options on the LT trim, you get a Convenience package with parking sensors, rearview camera and remote start and there is also a safety package with extras like collision warning, a lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.

For the Premium Seating package there is suede upholstery and seat heaters, or the Navigation package offers keyless ignition/entry and a Wheel package comes with 19-inch wheels.

There is also a sunroof option that comes as a lone option outside of the featured package extras, but on the 2LZ the sunroof is standard.

For the LTZ, all of the items are standard that are on the lesser two trims and there is a top-of-the-line audio system and navigation system that are optional additions and leather upholstery is part of the package along with the possibility of opting for 20-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control and a  Comfort & Convenience package that has ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors.

Under the hood the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on all the trims with 195 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for the 3.6-liter V6 engine then you get an upgrade to 305 horsepower with 264 pound feet of torque.

For safety features, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala has a good showing with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side-impact, full-length side curtain, and front knee airbags. There is also GM’s OnStar service and that has automatic crash notification, emergency assistance and remote door unlock. For options playing it safe, there is the rear parking sensors on the LS and LT and a rearview camera option on the LT.

There is also the chance to add an entire Safety package on the Impala that will give you forward collision alert system, a lane departure warning system, rear cross traffic alerts and blind spot monitoring, but the LTZ has this package as standard.

You’ll like what is inside the cabin too since the interior looks and feels expensive and the console is easy to navigate with the proper placement for buttons and knobs.

For taller drivers and passengers, both will appreciate the legroom in the front and rear and there is a 60/40-split-folding rear seatback for 18.8-cubic-feet if needed.

As for driving the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, it’s a cool ride and it can take the highway or the curves in easy form so no worries there. While it won’t have the feel of a race car, this full-size sedan can still keep up.

Should You Need to Know: Take note of the eight-inch MyLink touchscreen interface for audio, navigation and phone functions.

Miles Per Gallon: In the 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ that I drove, gas mileage came in at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 29 on the highway.

Cost: The 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ sedan had a price tag of $39,510 making it easy to consider for the full-size sedan shopper.

Rita Cook  is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press  is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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