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2014 Chevrolet Impala

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/24/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

The Chevrolet Impala has been completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, with an all-new interior and exterior, active noise cancellation, and -- a first for Chevy -- full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, which can fully stop the vehicle in traffic, as well as accelerate again. This technology is also coupled with a host of safety features, including crash-imminent braking, collision warning, and a lane departure warning system.

Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Impala is the automaker's front-drive full-size sedan that strives to offer a bit of luxury without forcing buyers to step up into luxury brands. It seats five and competes against the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300, and Toyota Avalon.


The Chevrolet Impala is offered with three engines: a 2.4-liter I-4 with eAssist (a mild hybrid system), a 2.5-liter I-4, and a 3.6-liter V-6 that most buyers select. All trims come with a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. The 2.4-liter I-4 hybrid combo makes 182 hp, 172 lb-ft of torque and, with mild hybrid intervention, gets an EPA estimated 25/35 mpg city/highway. The unassisted 2.5-liter I-4 makes 196 hp, 186 lb-ft of torque and gets an EPA estimated 21/31 mpg. Topping off the lineup is the 3.6-liter V-6 that pumps out 305 hp, 264 lb-ft of torque (class-leading for non-turbo sixes in the segment), all while getting an EPA-estimated 19/29 mpg.

The newly redesigned 2014 Impala interior boasts more legroom, an available eight-inch touch screen display with Chevrolet MyLink, and a passcode-protected dash cubby (it hides valuables behind the 8-inch infotainment screen and prevents valets from accessing personal nav settings).

The redesign also brought a host of safety features, two firsts for Chevy: full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, and crash-imminent braking. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing received a rating of good (the highest-available rating is good) in the two categories for the side and moderate overlap front categories, the two for which it's been tested.

What We Think

In a 2013/2014 Comparison among five full-size sedans, the 2014 Impala's ride was praised, as we commented, "the Impala, while lighter on its feet than the 300, drew fans for its "American car" ride -- supple and never crashy, though well-composed and stable at the same time." For the Impala, "a large rear seat and the second-best fuel efficiency also spell value with capital letters, and acceleration is just 0.1 second slower than the quickest car in this competition," however, the big Chevy was faulted for a somewhat hard and uncomfortable rear seat.

You'll Like

  • Bold new styling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Luxury options at a non-luxury price

You Won't Like

  • Uncomfortable rear seat
  • No V-8 option
  • Trunk volume is not class leading

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Avalon
  • Ford Taurus
  • Chrysler 300
  • Kia Cadenza
  • Nissan Maxima


4 star More than just a new design direction for Chevy.


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