After a redesign in 2014, the Impala essentially receive an all-new life, one separate from the stale rental rigs of the 2000s. This new model competes with a growing crop of large sedans, but its good looks and aggressive pricing makes it a great option.

Pricing and Equipment

Pricing for the 2016 Impala starts at a fair $27,920 for the base LS model. If we wanted more goodies, we could have opted for either the 1LT, 2LT or 2LTZ, which start from $30,285, $31,260 and $36,365, respectively.

For a low-priced sedan, the Impala does feature some most of the features buyers expect, including:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Keyless entry
  • Cruise Control
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Power driver's seat

Performance Pros

Chevrolet Impala Emblem

We yearn for the added oomph of an SS badge, but Chevy does not offer that as an option any longer. Fortunately, the optional 3.6-liter V6 provides plenty of pop for this class of vehicle.

  • V6-powered models hit 60 mph in 6.8 seconds
  • Smooth power delivery from the V6
  • Nice exhaust note

Performance Cons

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine leaves us starving for power when merging onto the interstate.

  • Lack of passing and merging power from four-cylinder
  • Transmission isn't as smooth as older GM units

Interior Pros

We find the cabin a serene place to spend a long highway jaunt, as it is quiet and quite comfy. What's more, the infotainment system is easy to operate and has all the functionality we expect.

  • Very little noise makes its way into the cabin
  • Front seats are very comfortable
  • Feels more upscale than it actually is

Interior Cons

We did find that Chevy went a tad overboard on styling in the cabin. The odd receding-hairline look of the dash is just one of several design flaws we could point out.

  • Still too many buttons to figure out
  • Busy interior design makes things hard to find

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Impala’s handling is surprisingly on-point -- far more capable than we would expect from such a big sedan. This nimbleness doesn't hurt ride quality, which is also surprisingly comfortable.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

GM typically delivers in the transmission department, but the Impala’s transmission seems a little jumpy to us. It changes continually in its search for the perfect fuel-conserving gear.

The Bottom Line

There is a reason that the Impala continues to lead its class in sales, and no, it’s not just because it is cheap. It also delivers the goods in just about every department, making it a great option for buyers with premium taste and a mainstream budget.