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Chevrolet Impala Model Years

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The Chevrolet Impala has the distinction of being the last American car to offer a front bench seat—something standard on most sedans when the Impala debuted in 1958. Even in this traditional segment, however, only 10 percent of today's buyers opt for the bench seat, demonstrating why the Impala is the last six-passenger sedan on the market.

The current Impala has been around since 2006, so a replacement with more aggressive styling and buckets seats is due for 2014. What the new model won't have is the potent 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 installed in all 2013 models, which makes the outgoing Impala worth a test drive.

Chevrolet Impala Generations

2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Impala

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The newest iteration of the Impala attempts to remove the rental-car image the model acquired during the 2000s. The largest Chevy sedan now enjoys more aggressive styling, a refined tech-heavy interior, and tauter handling. For the first time, buyers can get a four-cylinder engine and a slew of modern safety technology in the Impala. Alas, the bench seat option is no more.

Chevrolet has succeeded in making the latest Impala a legitimate competitor to leading full-size sedans like the Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon, especially when it's equipped with the available 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6.

See Year: 2014 - 2015

2006 - 2013 Chevrolet Impala

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The Impala received an all-new interior, new engines, and revised exterior styling for 2006. Overall appearance and dimensions were similar to before. An SS model with a 303-horsepower V8 and monochromatic body was offered until 2009, though few buyer associated the Impala with performance by this point.

Regular Impalas carried unexciting V6 engines until 2012, when the current 3.6-liter and a six-speed automatic became standard across the board. The new drivetrain provided a much-needed boost to the final models of this generation, which had become more popular with fleets than retail buyers.

See Year: 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013

2000 - 2005 Chevrolet Impala

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After a few year's absence, the Impala returned as a front-drive sedan with V6 power. While officially full-size, the new car wasn't much larger than the midsize Lumina it replaced. Although popular enough with buyers, the Impala lacked any distinctive qualities and quickly became a staple of rental fleets. In 2004, Chevrolet reintroduced the SS model, which now carried a 240-horsepower supercharged V6.

See Year: 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005

1994 - 1999 Chevrolet Impala

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The Impala returned to the Chevrolet lineup in 1994 as the performance version of the full-size Caprice. All models were designated SS. The Impala carried a Corvette-derived 5.7-liter V8 with 260 horsepower and numerous upgrades to the suspension, steering and brakes. Its monochromatic exterior, fat tires and imposing girth gave the sedan a sinister look that appealed to the street. But Chevrolet's revival of full-size performance was short-lived -- the Impala SS disappeared with the rest of Caprice line during 1996.

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