The Chevrolet Impala 2014 is one of the most anticipated releases ahead of 2014 due to it’s all new features that take it out of an 80s design and into a stylish distinctive model fit for 2014.
MSN autos have produced an in depth review of the Impala after taking it out on the road. Here is the best of what they had to say with a few pictures added in for your pleasure!
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is offered in LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1LZ and 2LZ trims. The LTs get LT badging and the LZ models have LTZ badging. Standard features on the LS include cloth upholstery, power mirrors, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar adjustment, AM/FM/CD audio, 4.2-inch color infotainment display, 10 standard airbags (including front knee and rear side airbags), OnStar assistance system and 18-inch steel wheels with wheel covers.The 1LZ adds perforated leather upholstery, HID headlamps with LED daytime driving lights, 8-way power front passenger seat with 4-way lumbar adjustment, rear obstacle detection, rearview camera, keyless access and starting, 19-inch wheels, and a suite of safety features that consists of forward collision alert, side blind-zone alert, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Like the 2LT, the 2LZ comes
with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, plus a sunroof.
Under the hood
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala will be offered with three engines. At launch it gets a direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 that makes 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings are 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway.
Soon after launch the Impala will add General Motors’ new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder unit. In the Impala it produces 196 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, and has preliminary EPA estimates of 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway. Toward the end of the year, the Impala will be offered with GM’s eAssist mild hybrid, which pairs the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 182 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque with a 15-kilowatt electric motor that can aid propulsion but can’t power the car on its own. This powertrain carries an EPA estimate of 25 mpg city/35 mpg highway.
All engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic with manual shift capability.
Chevrolet offers a new generation of its MyLink infotainment system. It pairs with smartphones to offer access to applications, including Pandora Internet radio, and its 8-inch dashboard touch screen is the control panel for navigation and communications functions. The screen employs large, easy-to-access icons and it is customizable to include the icons you want in the configuration you want (four designs are also offered). Voice recognition can also be used, and the system stores up to 60 favorites, which can include radio stations, phone numbers and navigation destinations.
Interior space is more generous than in the last Impala. Front seats offer lots of room, but they are too flat to provide much lateral support in aggressive turns. Even tall passengers will be comfortable in the rear, which is wide enough for three-across seating and has enough contour to make outboard passengers comfortable. The rear seat folds down to expand on the generous trunk that offers 18.8 cubic feet on its own.
On the road
The Impala shares its basic structure with the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS, but some adept chassis tuning gives it unique, accomplished driving dynamics. The LaCrosse is tuned to be softer and quieter, and the XTS features loads of suspension technology to make a large car handle rather well. The Impala uses pretty standard suspension components – MacPherson strut front suspension, 4-link rear suspension – but a couple of key tweaks aid the ride and handling. Rebound springs on the struts make the car want to return to a flat attitude after the suspension has compressed in a turn, and taller bump stops provide more resistance to bottoming out over bumps.
On the road, the Impala offers much of the XTS’ dynamic capability and the Buick’s refinement. It drives smaller than its considerable size, rotating willingly and staying fairly flat through turns. Those rebound springs help the car feel natural when transitioning back to a straight line, and the bump stops combine with a long wheelbase and an independent rear suspension to create a smooth ride. The brakes are strong, and while the steering is a bit too light for our taste, it’s direct and predictable.
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