Chevrolet Impala

#5 in Large Cars Overall Score: 8.6 / 10
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2018 Chevrolet Impala Overview

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala ranks 5 out of 11 Large Cars.

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala finishes in the middle of our large car rankings, but that’s slightly misleading; its overall rating puts it within spitting distance of top-ranking cars. The Impala is well-rounded and has few notable shortcomings.

SEATING


5

MPG


18-22

  CITY


28-30

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


197-305
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Pros & Cons

  • Good gas mileage
  • Powerful available V6 engine
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Large trunk
  • Underpowered base engine

Notable for 2018

  • Rearview camera now standard
  • MyLink available in base LS trim

Chevrolet Impala Rankings and Research

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala ranking is based on its score within the Large Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Impala has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 31 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.7
Safety: 9.4
Reliability: N/A

Rankings

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2018 Chevrolet Impala Review

By Cody Trotter August 14, 2017

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala finishes in the middle of our large car rankings, but that’s slightly misleading; its overall rating puts it within spitting distance of top-ranking cars. The Impala is well-rounded and has few notable shortcomings.

Is the Chevrolet Impala a Good Car?

The Chevy Impala is definitely a good car. It gets great fuel economy with the base engine and offers a powerful available V6. The interior is spacious, and the rear seats have enough room for even tall passengers to stretch out. There are several user-friendly tech features, including several connectivity options, and the trunk is larger than what most other large cars offer.

The Impala’s only real drawback is that the base engine feels weak on the highway or when you have a full complement of passengers. But overall, this is a terrific car; its middle ranking is just a product of the competitiveness of the large car class. And as mentioned above, the Impala’s score is just a few ticks behind the highest-ranking cars in the class.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Impala?

It’s definitely a strong candidate. The Impala compares favorably with many of its competitors, and it has a lower price tag than almost all of them. In other words, the Impala offers a lot of value for the money it’ll cost you.

There are still other cars worth considering, however. The Toyota Avalon and Buick LaCrosse both feature spacious, upscale interiors and come standard with relatively fuel-efficient V6 engines. They do cost a bit more than the Chevrolet, though.

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We Did the Research for You: 31 Reviews Analyzed

Here at U.S. News, we don’t base our car reviews on our own opinions. Instead, we combine the opinions of other professional reviewers with quantifiable data, including fuel economy estimates and crash test and reliability ratings. For the 2018 Chevrolet Impala, we analyzed 31 professional reviews.

Chevrolet hasn’t redesigned the Impala since the 2014 model year, and there are few notable changes for the 2018 edition. As a result, this overview uses applicable reviews and research from the 2014 through 2018 model years.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our team has 75 years’ worth of combined experience in the car industry, and we’ve been ranking cars for a decade. In that time, we’ve produced thousands of vehicle reviews that shoppers can check for unbiased information before they hit the dealership. To ensure our reviews remain objective, our editorial staff doesn’t accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and all advertising on our site is handled by a third party.

How Much Does the Chevrolet Impala Cost?

The 2018 Impala has a starting price of $27,895, which is lower than the base price of nearly every class rival. There are a couple of large cars with starting prices similar to this Chevrolet’s, but most are several thousand dollars more. In addition to the base LS, there are two higher trims – the Impala LT and the Impala Premier. The Premier is the most expensive and has a starting price of $36,420, but it also comes well-equipped. A fully loaded Impala will cost you around $40,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

Chevrolet Impala Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Impala or Buick LaCrosse?

The Buick LaCrosse finishes at the top of our large car rankings. It has a spacious, upscale interior, and its standard and available features lists closely mirror the Chevrolet Impala’s. The Chevrolet’s trunk is over 25 percent larger, though. The LaCrosse comes standard with a more powerful V6 engine than the Impala’s V6. It also gets better mileage with the V6 than the Chevy does, and front-wheel-drive versions match the four-cylinder Impala's ratings. Like the Chevrolet, there are plenty of reasons to like this Buick. Choosing between the two may just boil down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Impala or Toyota Avalon?

The Toyota Avalon comes with a V6 engine, but it costs thousands of dollars more than an Impala with the available V6 engine. The Avalon excels with its active safety features and technology. Toyota’s Safety Sense system is standard and includes forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. You can get many of these features in the Impala, but they require you to step up in trim level and add an options package (or two).

The Avalon also comes standard with navigation, though its touch screen is smaller than the Impala’s. The Chevrolet has a larger cabin and trunk than the Toyota, and it gets slightly better mpg ratings (with the four-cylinder engine). The Avalon may be a slightly better car, but the Impala is still a good vehicle. The Chevrolet’s lower price makes it a better buy.

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Impala Interior

How Many People Does the Impala Seat?

The Impala seats five. Both rows of seats provide plenty of head- and legroom, giving even taller adults enough space to stretch out. There’s also good visibility for the driver.

Impala and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Impala. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats, so they can be difficult to use.

Impala Interior Quality

You might not confuse this Chevy for a luxury sedan, but it still has a well-built interior. The cabin looks fairly good, and the quality of materials is generally high.

Impala Cargo Space

At nearly 19 cubic feet, the Impala has one of the largest trunks in the class. That space is enough room for several sets of golf clubs or roughly 14 carry-on bags.

Impala Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Impala include three USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and the MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also standard. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control and an 11-speaker Bose sound system.

Unlike some of its competitors, the Impala comes standard with connectivity features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The MyLink infotainment system also comes standard (this is a change for the 2018 model year). It’s one of the easiest-to-use systems on the market.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Impala Performance

Impala Engine: The V6 Is Worth the Money

There are two engines to choose between in the Impala. The base engine is a 197-horsepower four-cylinder, and a 305-horsepower V6 is available. The four-cylinder feels weak, but the V6 delivers plenty of power and good acceleration. Almost every buyer will be better off with the larger engine.

Impala Gas Mileage: Efficient, for a Large Car

With the base engine, the Impala gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are good ratings for a large car. Mileage drops to 19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway with the V6.

The base four-cylinder Impala will cost you about as much in gas money each year as the Buick LaCrosse – another large car with great mileage ratings. The Impala’s base engine will save you about $50 per year compared with the Toyota Avalon. On the flip side, the Buick’s and Toyota’s standard V6 engines are more efficient than the Chevy’s optional V6.

Impala Ride and Handling: Smooth Sailing

This Chevrolet comes standard with front-wheel drive. It lacks the agility of some class rivals, but it remains poised around turns and has sharp steering. The ride is smooth over most road surfaces.

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Impala Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Impala Reliable?

The 2018 Chevy Impala is part of a generation that consistently earns a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 or four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. Those are above-average numbers across the industry (a rating of three is average), but they’re typical for a large car.

Chevrolet Impala Warranty

The Impala is backed by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. These warranty terms are similar to those of many other large cars.

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Impala Safety

Impala Crash Test Results

The 2018 Impala has not been put through crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but it earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Impala Safety Features

A rearview camera is the only standard active safety feature. Forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control are available.

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Which Chevrolet Impala Model Is Right for Me?

The Chevy Impala comes in three trims: LS, LT, and Premier. The LS and LT come with the four-cylinder engine, while the Premier comes with the V6. The V6 is optional in both lower trims. All Impalas are front-wheel drive. Updates for the 2018 model year include the addition of more standard features in all models. Now, every Impala comes with a rearview camera, the MyLink infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Some buyers will be perfectly happy with the LS trim, which is the most affordable trim and now comes standard with a nice set of tech features. The Premier trim is the most expensive, but it also comes standard with an abundance of comfort and convenience features, so you may not need to add anything further. Still, most buyers should probably go with the LT trim. It’s reasonably priced and offers several options packages, meaning you have the freedom to choose – and pay for – only the features you want.

Chevrolet Impala LS

The Impala LS has a base price of $27,895. It comes with the four-cylinder engine and features such as the MyLink infotainment system, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. You can upgrade to the V6 engine for $1,095. The only other available feature of note is remote start, which you can add for $325. There are also a variety of upgrades related to styling, wheels, and more.

Chevrolet Impala LT

The Impala LT starts at $30,220. In addition to the LS’ features, the Impala LT comes with remote start and dual-zone automatic climate control. The LT offers several options packages.

The LT Entertainment package ($835) adds an upgraded MyLink system that includes navigation. The LT Leather package ($1,195) adds leather upholstery and a power-adjustable passenger seat. The Driver Confidence package ($495) adds rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. Finally, the Sunroof and Spoiler package ($1,275) adds a power sunroof and a rear spoiler.

Chevrolet Impala Premier

The Impala Premier has a starting price of $36,420. The Premier comes standard with the V6 engine. In addition to the LT’s features, the Premier comes with leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, several additional driver assistance features, and more. Really, the Premier comes with almost every feature the Impala offers. The only notable options package is the Premier Confidence package. It costs $1,275 and adds adaptive cruise control, 20-inch wheels, and forward collision warning. You can add the power sunroof individually for $1,050.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala has a few more standard features than the 2017 model, but it otherwise sees no major changes. That’s a good thing, because the Impala was already a good car. The Impala finishes in the middle of our competitive large car rankings, but its ratings are only a smidge behind the cars at the top of the class.

The Impala has a spacious cabin, a large trunk, good fuel economy, and user-friendly tech features. There are not a lot of reasons to dislike this car, and it deserves consideration from every large car shopper.

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

  • "As you'd expect from a large domestic sedan, the 2018 Chevrolet Impala has a smooth ride quality, a spacious interior with plenty of room for rear-seat passengers, and a trunk that's one of the largest available in any sedan. It's also quiet at highway speeds and has plenty of power when equipped with the optional V6 engine." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2017 Chevrolet Impala offers an impressive combination of spaciousness, comfort and value for families and individuals seeking a full-size sedan. Substantial yet stylish, the Impala still looks fresh from a recent revamp that transformed Chevy's biggest sedan from staid to standout. While demand for full-size sedans is declining, the Impala remains relevant thanks to modern safety and tech features, a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines, and the largest trunk in its class. Starting around $28,000, the Impala buys a lot of car for the money, though unlike the Toyota Avalon, Kia Cadenza and Dodge Charger, a V6 is extra. Still, the Impala has impressed us enough to win the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy award for its class two years in a row." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The world of the full-size sedan can sometimes be a little gloomy – and for years, that gloom included the Chevrolet Impala, which was a mediocre also-ran in a segment without many highlights. But that all changed in 2014, when the Impala was fully redesigned with an emphasis on just about everything: style, technology, fuel economy, equipment and even driving experience. Two years later, the 2016 Chevrolet Impala is still one of the stars of the segment – and we think it's finally worthy of wearing the Impala name that recalls some of the automaker’s most stylish 1960s sedans and coupes." -- Autotrader (2016)
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