The New Impala Surpasses Expectations


Chevrolet’s redesigned new 2014 Impala sedan, majestic in its spacious proportions and featuring a new winning design that’s the most attractive product in the Chevy portfolio, has been a hit with critics and buyers alike. After receiving an outstanding rating of 95/100 from Consumer Reports, the highest rating among current sedans, the Imapala has exceeded even Chevy’s own expectations by flying off the dealership floor.

From the period between June 2013, when the new Impala went on sale, and January 2014, Chevy dealers moved around 103,000 units, or about the total of the competing Dodge Charger and Toyota Avalon combined. Those are big numbers in the larger sedan game, where consumers who want a little more than the typical midsize have largely moved to midsize crossovers, or to luxury cars.

2014 Chevrolet Impala Interior View

GM went all out in engineering the new Impala after the forgettable previous car was based on a platform more than a decade old. This car is all-new, from its sheetmetal to an efficient 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine. The Impala is also available in 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 2.4-liter Eco hybrid trims. Sharing a platform with the Cadillac XTS full-size luxury car, the new Impala is flat and predictable in its cornering limits yet still features a quiet, composed ride that should be a breath of fresh air for those who don’t really want a tightly sprung sport sedan. Chevy paid particular attention to interior noise, where an active noise cancellation system works along with laminated glass and triple gaskets in the doors.

The 2014 Impala is available now with a $1,000 customer cash rebate, priced from an MSRP of $26,860. Typical transaction prices hover right around $30,000.

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