The 2019 Chevrolet Impala is a full-size sedan, one of just a handful of models available in a shrinking segment. Its handsome styling, great ride, and good overall value are its strong points. We’d like to see Chevy offer a full range of active safety technology across the lineup, however.

Best Value

Chevrolet’s Impala is a front-wheel-drive-only model with room for five passengers. Chevy offers the Impala in LS, LT, and Premier trims.

There are two engine choices with the Impala. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque starts things off and is standard on the LS and LT trims. Standard with the Premier model and available elsewhere is a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. Both engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include halogen headlights, automatic light control, power side mirrors, and 18-inch steel wheels. Inside, the Impala has a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, full power accessories, cloth seats, a power driver’s seat, and climate control. Chevy also includes a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, an eight-inch color touchscreen display, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, and USB ports.

Our pick is the Impala LT with the V6 engine. We like this model because it brings in such features as alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, dual-zone climate control, a power-operated front passenger seat, and two additional USB ports.

  • Model: 2019 Chevrolet Impala LT
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6
  • Output: 305 hp / 264 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
  • Options: 3.6-liter V6 engine ($1,095), Driver Confidence Package ($495, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring), LT Convenience Package ($875, carpeted floor and trunk mats, trunk cargo net, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, 120-volt power outlet, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Universal Home Remote)
  • Base Price: $31,395 (including an $875 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $33,860

Performance

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The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine engine is small and relatively underpowered for this large sedan, but it's adequate under light loads. However, if you plan on carrying a full contingent of passengers, the V6 is the better choice. It offers robust step-off acceleration and ample passing power. Regardless of your engine choice, the Impala offers crisp, direct steering and a comfortable ride.

Style

Chevrolet hasn’t changed the current and 10th-generation Impala all that much since it rolled out in the 2014 model year. Nevertheless, this sedan has aged well and looks especially elegant in Premier guise with its LED lights and handsome aluminum alloy wheels.

A high beltline and a long falling roofline give this sedan a solid presence. The raised rear deck points to something that’s readily apparent: the trunk measures 18.8 cubic feet for one of the largest sizes in its class.

Inside, the cabin is spacious with ample room for five. The interior seems a bit busy, especially across the dashboard with it multiple cut lines, colors, and variety of materials. The top section of the dashboard pushes into the door panels, a look that's enhanced when contrasting gray or tan upholstery is chosen.

We found the seats comfortable and supportive, especially up front. The rear seat offers ample shoulder and hip support and leg room for three. Head room may be an issue for tall passengers as the roofline slopes sharply at the back of the seat.

The Best and Worst Things

Pricewise, the Chevrolet Impala should receive your strong consideration. It comes in at a lower price than its competitors and matches some mid-size models in cost.

What disappoints us is the limited number of driver-assist features. Advanced safety technologies like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking are only offered on the top-of-the-line Premier trim, and even there they're part of a $1,275 package.

Right For? Wrong For?

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We realize sedans – especially larger models – have a shrinking customer base to draw upon as the market skews toward crossovers and SUVs. But if you’re wanting a very good combination of value and space, then the Impala should do it for you. On the other hand, if you want all-wheel drive, you’re out of luck. The costlier Buick LaCrosse, however, has that option.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Chevrolet Impala supplies big car hauling wrapped within a sporty design. Its large trunk ensures that everyone has sufficient space for a long weekend getaway. And that trip should be a comfortable one with the available V6 engine ensuring sufficient power at all times.