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MSRP: $28,020 - 36,720

Rankings & Research

The 2019 Chevrolet Impala ranked #6 in Large Cars. Currently the Chevrolet Impala has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 40 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.6
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: TBD

2019 Chevrolet Impala Review

Though it has a roomy interior and a comfortable ride, the 2019 Chevrolet Impala is relegated to the bottom half of the competitive large car segment because it doesn't stand out among its classmates. It also has some subpar cabin materials and an underpowered base engine.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular V6 engine option
  • Balanced, comfortable handling
  • Spacious second row and trunk
  • Intuitive infotainment features
  • Weak standard engine
  • Some mediocre cabin materials

Is the Chevrolet Impala a Good Car?

Don’t let the low ranking fool you, the 2019 Impala is a well-rounded large car with solid scores. Its standard four-cylinder engine is short on power, but the optional V6 is more potent. The Impala handles with confidence and treats passengers to a relaxing ride. This Chevy has one of the largest trunks in the class and plenty of rear-seat space. Infotainment features are user-friendly, but some interior trim pieces are lacking in quality.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Impala?

Among large sedans, the 2019 Impala is a good value. Its roughly $28,000 price tag is one of the lowest in the class, and you get lots of standard features for that price. However, it has a weak base engine, so you may want to consider upgrading to the V6 for $1,095 more. Though the Impala is a good value, there are many other cars in this segment worth considering. The 2019 Toyota Avalon, for example, costs a lot more than the Impala, but it’s fully redesigned, equipped with a ton of standard technology, and more luxurious. The Buick LaCrosse is more engaging to drive, and like the Impala, it has a spacious cabin.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Impala?

Because there are no major changes to the Impala for 2019, consider shopping for a used 2018 Impala instead. You'll likely save thousands of dollars on essentially the same car. The current Impala generation started with the 2014 model year and has seen few major changes. For the 2015 Impala, Chevy eliminated standard 4G LTE, while the 2016 Impala and 2017 Impala only had minor changes to trim names. For 2018, Chevy made a rearview camera standard, along with the MyLink touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Consider shopping for a 2015 or 2016 Impala if these changes aren’t important to you – you'll get a similar car for less money.

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We Did the Research for You: 33 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 33 Chevrolet Impala reviews – along with safety scores, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Impala is the right new car for you. This 2019 Chevy Impala review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2014 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Impala Cost?

The 2019 Chevrolet Impala starts at $28,020, which is one of the lowest base prices in the class. By comparison, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse starts at $29,565, while the 2019 Toyota Avalon has a much higher starting price of $35,500.

The Impala has three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. The LS and LT trims come standard with a four-cylinder engine; a V6 is optional in both models for $1,095. The midrange Impala LT starts at $30,520 and has several packages available ranging from about $500 to around $1,300. The top-of-the-line Chevy Impala Premier starts at $36,720. Adding packages and options can push the price above $40,000.

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Chevrolet Impala Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Impala or Toyota Avalon?

The fully redesigned 2019 Toyota Avalon ranks near the top of the large car class. It comes standard with a V6 engine that matches the Impala’s optional engine for power, but the Avalon delivers better fuel economy. Both cars have a similar ride that prioritizes comfort over athleticism.

Inside, the differences are more noticeable. The Avalon has quality materials covering nearly every surface, giving it a luxurious feel. It comes standard with leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and five USB ports. It also comes with a ton of safety features, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. You can also add a head-up display, a surround-view camera, and reverse automatic braking – none which are available in the Impala. The Avalon is a great car, but its steep starting price of $35,500 is topped in the class only by the Avalon Hybrid. If you're looking to spend less, the Impala is still a good choice.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Impala or Buick LaCrosse?

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse gets some of the highest marks in the class for performance. A hybrid powertrain comes standard, delivering not only commendable fuel economy but also great acceleration off the line. Additionally, a brawny V6 engine is available. The LaCrosse is more poised through turns than other large sedans, while not sacrificing passenger comfort or ride quality. Both cars offer similar standard features and roomy back seats. You'll get several more cubic feet of trunk space with the Impala, but the LaCrosse's overall interior quality is a little nicer. All LaCrosse trims cost a couple thousand dollars more than the Impala's. The LaCrosse is a little better overall, but the Impala is a better value.

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Impala Interior

How Many People Does the Impala Seat?

The Chevrolet Impala seats five people with adult-friendly space in both rows. This full-size sedan has one of the largest back seats in the segment, giving taller passengers enough room to stretch out and relax. Up front, the driver enjoys a commanding view of the road ahead, though visibility to the sides and around turns is compromised by thick roof pillars. The front seats deliver adequate comfort for long drives, but side support is lacking.

Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat are standard. You can upgrade to comfort amenities like leather seats, heated and/or ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable passenger seat.

Impala and Car Seats

The Impala has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors for both outboard rear seats. The middle seat has a top tether anchor and a lower anchor on the passenger side, which you can use in conjunction with the lower anchor from the driver's side seat. Note that if you put a car seat in the middle position, you won't be able to put one on the driver's side.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system a rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. IIHS notes that all the lower anchors are buried deep in the seat and hard to reach. There's little room to move your hands around the anchors when going for the middle-seat attachments. On the bright side, it doesn't take much effort to attach the car-seat straps to the anchors.

Impala Interior Quality

Overall, the Impala has a nice interior quality. The cabin design is sleek and modern, with simple lines and an intuitive dash layout. However, there are some cheap-feeling plastic trim pieces that detract from an otherwise upscale atmosphere.

Impala Cargo Space

The Impala's 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space dwarves nearly every class rival. The 2018 Buick LaCrosse has 15 cubic feet, and the 2019 Toyota Avalon has around 16. You should have no problem loading several large suitcases or lots of bags from a shopping spree. The Impala's second row folds down nearly flat in a 60/40 configuration to let you haul long items. The trunk’s large and wide opening further increases the car's utility.

Impala Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Impala’s relatively low price tag doesn’t prevent it from having an array of impressive standard features. Highlights include proximity key entry, push-button start, and the laudable MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, three USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and satellite radio. This interface is easy to use and quickly registers your touch to process commands. You can also take advantage of the standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems to connect your smartphone to MyLink. One hiccup is that the touch screen can be a little hard for the driver to reach. Chevy includes lots of physical buttons and knobs below the touch screen so you can easily adjust the volume and climate or scroll through radio stations. These buttons are clearly laid out and marked.

Moving up the trim ladder and adding packages gets you additional options like remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a dual-pane sunroof, a 120-volt power outlet, navigation, and an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound system.

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Impala Performance

Impala Engine: 4 Is Too Few

The 2019 Chevrolet Impala comes standard with a four-cylinder EcoTec engine that puts out 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. This engine struggles to move the large four-door around. A better match for this car's size and heft is the optional V6 engine, which makes 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. This powertrain delivers ample muscle to get the Impala up to highway speeds and give you the extra oomph to pass other cars. You'll also appreciate the extra power when taking off from a stop, especially if you have a car full of people or cargo.

Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which receives mixed reviews. While some critics say that shifts are smooth and quick, others think it's not as refined as it should be.

Impala Gas Mileage: OK

With its standard engine, the 2019 Impala gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are about average for the class. The V6 is only slightly less efficient, earning 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The V6 would cost you about $250 more per year in fuel than the four-cylinder.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon comes standard with a V6 that gets better mileage than the Impala's I-4, earning 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The 2018 Buick LaCrosse's V6 is also more efficient than the Impala's comparable engine, earning an estimated 25/35 mpg.

Impala Ride and Handling: Well Balanced

The Chevy Impala delivers a great balance of driving dynamics. It shares lots of steering components with the sporty Chevy Camaro, making parking and maneuvering through tight spaces easy, despite the car's big size. The steering also has enough weight to keep you planted on the road as you take turns with confidence. Still, don't mistake the Impala for a sports sedan.

For the most part, the Impala boasts a comfortable and quiet ride. It absorbs most bumps in the road, and the cabin shuts out most road and wind noise. The optional 20-inch wheels, however, make the ride quality stiffer and increase road noise.

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Impala Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Impala Reliable?

At the time of this writing, the 2019 Impala does not have a predicted reliability rating. The nearly identical 2018 Impala has a below-average mark of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Chevrolet Impala Warranty

Chevrolet backs the Impala with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Impala Safety

Impala Crash Test Results

The 2019 Chevrolet Impala has a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The car earned five out of five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn't yet tested the 2019 Impala, but the very similar 2018 model got solid scores. IIHS gave the 2018 Impala the top score of Good in four evaluations and a rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test.

Impala Safety Features

Though many rivals are starting to include more active safety features as standard equipment, the 2019 Impala only comes standard with a rearview camera. Optional advanced safety tech includes rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Most of these optional features are only available in packages offered with the two higher trims.

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Which Chevrolet Impala Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Chevrolet Impala is available in three trims: LS, LT, and Premier. The LS and LT come standard with a four-cylinder engine; a V6 is optional. The Premier trim is only available with the V6. All Impala models feature front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Though the base model comes equipped with lots of cool features, it may be worth upgrading to the midrange Impala LT, which opens up several optional packages to you. We suggest going with the LT Leather package, which also requires purchasing the Convenience package. Together, those bundles add leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. If you go with either the LS or the LT, you should also spring for the V6 engine over the weaker-performing four-cylinder engine.

Chevrolet Impala LS

The 2019 Chevrolet Impala LS starts at $28,020. Standard features include a rearview camera, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, three USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, cloth seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, proximity key entry, and push-button start. Upgrading to the V6 engine costs $1,095. Remote start is optional for $325.

Chevrolet Impala LT

The 2019 Impala LT retails for $30,520. Additional standard features in the LT include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. As with the LS, the V6 engine is a $1,095 option.

For $1,275, the Sunroof and Spoiler package adds a dual-pane sunroof and a rear spoiler. The LT Leather package costs $1,195 and includes leather upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat. To get heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a 120-volt power outlet, buy the $875 LT Convenience package. The LT Entertainment package retails for $835 and comes with navigation, an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound system, and a 120-volt power outlet. Lastly, the $495 Driver Convenience package gets you features like rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Some packages may require upgrading to the V6 engine and/or adding additional packages.

Chevrolet Impala Premier

The Chevy Impala Premier starts at $36,720. The Premier trim adds leather seats, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a Bose surround-sound stereo, a 120-volt power outlet, navigation, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. For $1,275, the Premier Confidence package adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. The $935 Premier Convenience package includes ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. A dual-pane sunroof is optional for $1,050.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Chevrolet Impala has a spacious interior, a comfortable ride, and plenty of intuitive features. However, it suffers from a weak standard engine and some low-rent interior pieces. The Impala is worth considering, but there are stronger all-around cars available in the large car class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Highlights of the 2019 Chevrolet Impala include its smooth ride, roomy interior with lots of space for rear-seat passengers, and one of the most massive trunks available in any sedan. Chevy has also updated the latest Impala generation over its life with newer infotainment and connectivity features. What the Impala has in spades, though, is that smooth large-car feeling on the road. … Perhaps the more significant issue is that midsize sedans, such as the excellent new Honda Accord, rival the Impala for space and refinement at a much lower starting price." -- Edmunds
  • "As SUVs continue to grow in popularity, full-size sedans are having a harder time attracting an audience. In the case of the … Chevrolet Impala, however, luring in potential customers isn't all that difficult, especially when one considers the tremendous value offered by Chevy's longest running sedan." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "You'll like this car if you're after a comfortable full-size sedan with modern style, a large interior and a cavernous trunk. ... If all-wheel drive is on your gotta-have-it list, the … Impala isn't for you. Only the Dodge Charger offers all-wheel drive in this class. If you were hoping for a hybrid, the Toyota Avalon is your only option." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Lagging Sales: Sales of the Chevy Impala currently rank second in the 2018 large car sales race, behind only the Dodge Charger. However, compared to this point in 2017, sales of the Impala are down 20.5 percent. This may be due to many shoppers passing on large cars like the Impala for SUVs and crossovers. The majority of contenders in this segment have experienced a sales decline greater than 10 percent this year relative to 2017.

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