The 2018 Chevrolet Impala's smooth ride, spacious interior, and sleek design make it a solid contender in the full-size sedan class.

Best Value

2018 Impala models range in price from $28,770 for the base LS trim to $40,500 for a fully-optioned Premier model (all prices include an $875 destination charge). We'd skip the LS, which offers only engine and wheel options, and instead choose the LT.

With a choice of two engines, the Impala LT starts at $32,190 and allows access to a number of option packages ranging from luxury, entertainment, and technology features to a small set of active safety systems.

  • Model: 2018 Chevrolet Impala LT
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6
  • Output: 305 horsepower / 264 pound-feet of torque
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • MPG: 19 city / 28 highway
  • Exterior color: Cajun Red Tintcoat
  • Interior color:Jet Black/Dark Titanium cloth/leatherette
  • Options: 3.6-liter V6 ($1,095), Sunroof and Spoiler Package ($1,275, dual-pane sunroof w/power sunshade, rear spoiler), Convenience Package ($875, heated front seats and steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, carpeted front, rear, and trunk mats), Driver Confidence Package ($495, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, blind spot alert), Cajun Red Tintcoat ($395).
  • Base Price: $32,190
  • As Tested: $35,230

Performance Pros

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  • The Impala's steering system is nicely weighted and represents a step up from competitors like the Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, and Toyota Avalon.
  • A long 111.7-inch wheelbase easily dampens most road imperfections.
  • When equipped with the 3.6-liter V6, the Impala generates a respectable zero to 60 mph time of 6.8 seconds.

Performance Cons

  • The optional 20-inch wheels transfer quite a bit of road noise into the cabin.
  • The six-speed transmission doesn't shift very smoothly – especially when mated to the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
  • Unlike the smaller Malibu, Chevrolet's latest turbocharged engine technology isn't available on the Impala.

Interior Pros

  • Room for four adults – five in a pinch – in an interior that's fairly spacious for the class.
  • There's plenty of cabin storage, including a center console large enough to hold a shoebox.
  • Roomy 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk.

Interior Cons

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  • The Impala's cabin features too many different materials, making what should be a good design look confusing.
  • Dashboard design is too busy, detracting from the overall appearance of the interior.
  • The rear seat is narrow for such a large sedan and accommodates only two adults comfortably.

Our Favorite Thing

The Impala's nicely weighted steering and well-controlled ride make it standout in the full-size sedan class.

Our Least Favorite Thing

An overly complex dash and mish-mash of materials detract from what is otherwise a comfortable and spacious interior.

Right For

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Families – Even as most families move away from sedans, the Impala's blend of style, handling, and comfort make it a real alternative to many crossover SUVs.

Wrong For

Safety Focused – Although a rearview camera is now standard across the lineup, blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert are only standard on the top-level Premier trim, while optional on the LT and unavailable on the LS. In addition, advanced active safety features like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning – standard on the Avalon and optional on the Taurus – are only available on Premier models equipped with the Premier Confidence Package ($1,275)

The Bottom Line

Sleek styling, a smooth ride, and satisfactory interior room make the 2018 Chevrolet Impala a good value in the full-size sedan class.