Price: $12,500

Year 2014




Drivetrain FWD

Transmission AUTOMATIC

Engine 4-CYL, 2.5 LITER

Mileage 91,574

Doors 4

Exterior Color BLUE

Interior Color GREY

VIN 1G11Y5SL1EU136518

Stock No. 6406

Vehicle Equipment

Vehicle Description

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The new Chevrolet Impala was worth the wait. For more than a decade, GM let the hallowed nameplate lapse, leaving it attached to a car that was no more than a fleet special even when it was new.  For 2014, the Impala does a massive about-face. It's one of the best-looking sedans GM builds now, has excellent handling and interior room, and makes a convincing case to be Chevy's flagship--even with the rear-wheel-drive SS in the mix. It's so different from the previous sedan that the new Impala might be advised to retain counsel and sever all family ties with its namesakes. 

It can be dangerous to tread on an icon, but after a decade or so of dull, duller, and dullest Impalas, Chevy had every reason to chuck the past and to stamp some new ideas into being.

It works--beautifully. The new large Chevy sedan has a passing resemblance to the Malibu and Traverse at the front, but even there, the Impala gets it right where elsewhere it's gone a bit wrong. The shovel-shaped grille could wear a Honda logo. The headlamps may as well be etched with Saab logos. The hood has almost as many ribs as the old Chrysler Sebring, but comes off clean. The catapult for the shape comes at the rear door, where a complex, Mercedes CLS-like intersection of surfaces echoes the rear quarters on the Buick LaCrosse, until it darts off at the shoulder line into a new and smartly pressed crease. It's one of GM's best efforts at mingling looks while keeping the brands distinct.

Not too long ago, the full-size sedan was still an unflattering imitation of the land yachts of the Seventies. Even if it hailed from South Korea or Japan (via Kentucky), the average dreadnought put plush ahead of perky, bobbing and floating in the most matronly, smothering way possible.

Now, the Azera's found its light, the Taurus is back as an SHO, and even Toyota's Avalon has a sport steering mode. Count the 2014 Impala in with the converts. It's latched on to the trend, emerging with the best front-drive dynamics of the lot.

We've only driven two of the three available engines--the base four-cylinder and the optional six-cylinder--but there's a third engine available as well, with a mild-hybrid system incorporated. Base versions of the 2014 Impala carry a 196-horsepower 2.5-liter four teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the front wheels. That setup is rated at 25 mpg combined (21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway). 

In polite circles, the Impala would be called beefy. The Feds call it a full-size sedan. In truth, it's not a lot bigger than an Azera, a Passat, or an Avalon--but it packs a lot of room under its roofline, shaming the inefficient layout of the Ford Taurus, for one.

The Impala's overall length of 201.3 inches draws down to 111.7 inches between the wheels--compared to 106.3 inchess of wheelbase on, say, a three-row Kia Sorento crossover. It's 73 inches wide, too. Compared to the last Impala--now the fleet-only Limited--the 2014 version has about 3.5 inches more front-seat leg room and 2.2 inches more in the back seat.

Open the wide, tall doors, and the Impala V-6's nicely shaped seats aren't too deep a knee-bend away. At least five different seats are specified across the lineup, but that's mostly because of optional seat heating and ventilation--only the base versions are cloth. Leather-clad versions on the LTZ have a middle grade of hides covering them, better than the cloth/vinyl seats in look and just slightly, in feel, since lumbar adjustment comes with them standard. Head and leg room are more than enough for even 99th-percentile types; the Impala's one of the rare new cars where you can power the driver seat too low and too high. 

*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program. 

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