2017 Chevrolet Impala Overview
Pros & Cons
- Powerful available V6 engine
- Comfortable ride quality
- Roomy back seat
- Sloppy transmission
Notable for 2017
- Minor name changes to trim levels and option availability
Chevrolet Impala Rankings and Research
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala ranking is based on its score within the Large Cars category. Currently the Chevrolet Impala has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 31 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
- #3 in Large Cars
2017 Chevrolet Impala Pictures
2017 Chevrolet Impala Review
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala combines capable performance with a comfortable interior. Throw in a large trunk and good technology, and it's easy to see why the Impala is among the best large cars.
Is the Chevrolet Impala a Good Car?
The Chevy Impala was once known as king of the rental cars and outfitted with cheap cabin materials. Today, Chevrolet has turned it into a very good large car. Its base four-cylinder engine is powerful enough to handle everyday driving situations, though the transmission could perform better. While it’s one of the lower-priced cars in its segment, the Impala doesn’t skimp on standard features, which include a power driver’s seat, an audio system with satellite radio and six speakers, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Its interior is well-designed and roomy, like cars with much higher price tags.
Some large cars have better safety ratings and some have more powerful base engines, but none offer the total package at such a good price. In fact, the Impala is the winner of the 2017 Best Large Car for the Money award because it has the best combination of quality and value among vehicles in the class.
Should I Buy the Chevy Impala?
The Chevrolet Impala has a base price of $27,300, among the lowest in the large car segment. That price beats the Dodge Charger by about $700, but the Impala does have less horsepower. Its base four-cylinder engine produces 197 horsepower compared with 292 from the Dodge Charger’s V6. For an additional $1,095, you can get a V6 with 305 horsepower in the Impala. Still, you may find that less power is fine, because the Impala has adequate acceleration with its four-cylinder engine even when loaded with passengers and cargo.
What sets the Impala apart from competitors is space and comfort. While it offers about the same passenger space as the Toyota Avalon and Dodge Charger, you’ll get more than 2.5 extra cubic feet of cargo space with the Impala – enough to hold a medium-sized packing box. Inside, the cabin is luxurious. On the road, the ride is composed and the handling engaged.
You’ll find more technology, like larger touch screens and more USB ports, in other large cars’ base trims. Overall, however, the Chevrolet Impala delivers exceptional value.
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How Much Does the Chevrolet Impala Cost?
The Chevrolet Impala is among the lowest-priced vehicles in the large car segment, with a starting price of $27,300. That low price doesn’t mean it’s bare-bones, however. The base LS trim comes with a decent amount of technology features. You’ll get a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. The LT trim ($29,565) delivers the best value. For about $2,300 above the base price, you’ll get an 8-inch touch screen, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and cloth seats trimmed with leather.
You can add a V6 engine to either trim for an additional $1,095.
The Premier trim, starting at $35,645, adds safety features like lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and rear cross traffic alert. You’ll also get comfort features like remote ignition, heated front seats, keyless access, and keyless push-button start. The V6 engine is standard in this trim.
While the Impala only comes in three trims, Chevrolet does offer a variety of packages. They’re not all stand-alone, however, so you may have to buy multiple packages to get the one option you really want.
Chevrolet Impala Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Chevy Impala or Dodge Charger?
If passenger space, cargo space, and comfort are important to you – and a four cylinder engine that makes a respectable 197 horsepower is enough for you – the Chevrolet is your choice. The Impala and Dodge Charger’s passenger cabins are about equal in size, but the Impala offers 4 more inches of front-seat legroom than the Charger. In back, they share nearly identical legroom space. There’s more trunk space in the Impala – 18.8 cubic feet versus 16.5 cubic feet in the Charger, or the equivalent of a couple bags of groceries.
The Chevy Impala has a well-designed and roomy interior, with mostly high-quality materials. The Charger features mostly quality cabin materials and an appealing look, but lower trims feature too many hard plastics.
The Charger has its advantages, however. If you like power, you'll be pleased with its standard V6 engine. You’ll also get more technology in the Charger’s base trim. Standard features include three USB ports, an SD card reader, a six-speaker audio system and the Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth and a 5-inch touch screen. The Impala has a relatively small 4.2-inch screen that lacks touch functionality, so you’ll have to use physical buttons to manipulate the menu items.
The Charger starts at $27,993, which is about $700 more than the Impala's starting price. You can add an optional six-cylinder engine to the Impala, but you’ll pay around $400 more than you will for the base Charger.
Overall, the Impala is the better large car. It has a well-designed and roomy interior, with mostly high-quality materials. The back seat is spacious, even for a large sedan, and the four-cylinder engine is up to daily driving.
Which Is Better: Chevrolet Impala or Toyota Avalon?
The base Toyota Avalon ($33,250) with its standard V6 engine costs nearly $4,900 more than an Impala with the available V6 engine. The Chevrolet also has a slightly larger passenger cabin (105 cubic feet to 103.1 in the Avalon) and a much larger trunk (18.8 cubic feet to 16 cubic feet in the Avalon).
The Avalon excels in the areas of 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. These features work together to detect and avoid a collision, keep you from drifting out of your lane, and maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you when cruise control is engaged. As for technology, the Avalon comes with eight speakers, a 7-inch touch-screen display, and standard navigation.
Is all that technology worth the higher price? Probably not. When you buy the Impala’s LT trim with a V6 engine, you’ll gain an 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay capabilities. Add comparable active safety features for $1,640, and you’re still spending less than you would for the base Avalon.
How Many People Does the Impala Seat?
The 2017 Chevy Impala seats five on standard cloth upholstery. A power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard, while a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated or ventilated seats, and leather interior are available in higher trim levels. All of the seats are comfortable, but the front seats are flat and lack support, especially in hard turns.
Impala and Car Seats
There are two complete LATCH car-seat systems on the outboard rear seats, and the middle seat has a dedicated lower anchor with the ability to borrow from another seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Impala’s LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use, its second-highest rating. All the lower anchors are buried deep in the seat, and there is little room in the middle seat to maneuver around the anchors and attach a car seat.
Impala Interior Quality
The 2017 Chevy Impala has a well-designed and roomy interior, with mostly high-quality materials. The car's back seat is spacious, even for a larger sedan. The infotainment system is straightforward and engaging.
Impala Cargo Space
The Impala offers impressive cargo space: 18.8 cubic feet. That is the second-largest space in the class, behind the Ford Taurus’ 20.1 cubic feet. You should have no problem fitting a large amount of luggage or a substantial haul of groceries in the Impala. Both the Dodge Charger and Toyota Avalon have less cargo space, with 16.5 cubic feet and 16 cubic feet, respectively. That's enough of a difference to easily fit one more carry-on bag in the Impala.
Impala Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The base Impala model comes with a relatively small 4.2-inch screen that lacks touch functionality, so you’ll have to use physical buttons to manipulate it. You can upgrade to a more advanced infotainment system that features an 8-inch touch screen and the Chevrolet MyLink system. You’ll probably appreciate the sharp graphics and user-friendly interface that MyLink offers, and you can pair your smartphone via Apple CarPlay to access all your favorite apps in a familiar layout. Android Auto is also available, which allows you to access navigation and other apps from your phone.
Chevy employs traditional physical knobs for major climate and audio controls, easily within reach of the driver’s seat. Smaller buttons are present for more specific actions like changing audio tracks.
Both the Dodge Charger and Toyota Avalon offer more standard infotainment features. The Charger includes a 5-inch touch screen, among other features. The Avalon is well-equipped when it comes to infotainment. Standard features found in the base Avalon but not the base Impala include an eight-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, voice recognition, HD Radio, Bluetooth for both audio streaming and phone calls (the Impala's base model only has Bluetooth for phone connectivity), and Siri Eyes Free.
Impala Engine: Four-Cylinder Not a Hill Climber
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 197 horsepower. A 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine is optional. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with either power plant, however, it has an issue with finding the proper gear at times.
The optional V6 engine provides strong power and moves the Impala along with relative ease. The smaller standard four-cylinder proves capable on its own but has only adequate acceleration when the cargo area and seats are full.
Powering the Toyota Avalon is a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, which comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Dodge Charger features a 3.6-liter V6 base engine that puts out 292 horsepower. The Charger also has three available V8 engines that produce between 370 and 707 horsepower. It’s these engines that give the Charger its reputation as a sports sedan, but in its V6 iteration, it’s more like the Impala, with similar performance and handling.
Impala Gas Mileage: Fuel-Sipping 4 Cylinder
The Chevy Impala’s four-cylinder engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the V6 gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. The Toyota Avalon V6 delivers 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the base Dodge Charger V6 gets an EPA-estimated 19/30 mpg city/highway, which is competitive with other V6 vehicles.
Average fuel costs are best with the Impala’s four-cylinder engine – $1,400, according to the EPA. The V6 Impala’s costs are projected to be $1,600, which is higher than the Avalon's at $1,450 and the V6 Charger's at $1,500.
Impala Ride and Handling: Comfort With Confidence
The Impala provides a comfortable ride for its occupants and can easily absorb bumps on the road. While it doesn’t boast sports-car-like handling, the Impala’s electric steering gives the driver confidence going through turns and twisting roads.
The Impala comes with front-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the Dodge Charger, and all-wheel drive is available for $2,250 more. AWD is perfect for those who drive in foul weather regularly or just want better handling. The front-wheel-drive Toyota Avalon feels secure around corners, with great steering feedback. Neither the Impala nor the Avalon are available with all-wheel drive.
Is the Chevrolet Impala Reliable?
The 2017 Chevrolet Impala gets a four out of five predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power and Associates. That means it's expected to be more reliable than most vehicles on the road. Along with the Buick LaCrosse, this is among the highest ratings for a car in the class.
Chevy Impala Warranty
Chevrolet covers the 2017 Impala with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. That’s fairly common for the large car segment. Dodge backs the Charger with the same warranty, as does Toyota with the Avalon. The Hyundai Azera and the Kia Cadenza have the best warranties in the segment – a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Impala Crash Test Results
The 2017 Impala receives a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In individual tests, the Impala earns five stars in every category except rollover, where it gets four stars. The Impala earns the highest possible rating in the two tests it underwent at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
NHTSA gives the Toyota Avalon a five-star overall rating, with four stars in the individual front and rollover crash tests. The IIHS named the Avalon a Top Safety Pick.
The Dodge Charger earns Good ratings, the highest possible, in four of the IIHS crash tests. However, it earns the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front test. NHTSA gives the Charger an overall five-star rating, with five stars in all categories except frontal crash, where it receives four stars.
Impala Safety Features
To get any active safety features, you’ll have to upgrade to a higher trim level and then purchase them as part of a package. A rearview camera will cost you about $3,300 over the base model, because you have to purchase multiple packages to get it, as well as move up to the more expensive LT trim. Adding forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring will cost almost $4,000 over the base model.
Which Chevrolet Impala Model Is Right for Me?
The Impala comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine. It makes just 197 horsepower, but it’s enough to get you from point A to point B, even when loaded with passengers and cargo. What the four-cylinder engine lacks in power, it makes up for in excellent fuel economy. The base Impala gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is one of the best ratings in the class.
To get the most value, step up to the LT trim, which starts at $29,565. It adds an upgraded infotainment system that includes an 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, which allow you to access your phone's apps directly on the touch screen. Interior upgrades include dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather steering wheel, and leatherette seat trim. The LT trim also opens up additional options not available in the LS trim, including safety features like a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring.
The base LS trim starts at $27,300 and comes with a 197 horsepower four-cylinder engine, cloth interior, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, an infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display, Bluetooth, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. A V6 engine is available for $1,095, and remote start can be installed for $325. The Protection package costs $570 and includes rear park assist.
The LT trim starts at $29,565 It adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leatherette trim on cloth seats, two additional USB ports, and the MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Most options in the LT trim are grouped into packages, and some are only available in conjunction with others. The Convenience package ($1,045) includes rear parking assist, a rearview camera, and remote engine start. For $595, the Driver Confidence package – available only with the purchase of the Convenience package – includes advanced safety technologies like forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring. It also requires upgrading to the V6 engine for $1,095.
To upgrade to the Premier trim, you’ll spend at least $35,645. It comes standard with the V6 engine, as well as remote ignition, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, keyless access, and keyless push-button start.
The Enhanced Convenience package ($1,035) includes ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, memory settings for the driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and heated outside mirrors. The Advanced Technology package retails for $735 (and requires the purchase of the Convenience package) and includes the Bose sound system, wireless phone charging, and a 120-volt power outlet. If you want navigation, it will cost $495 in addition to the two aforementioned packages.
The Final Call
Though it has one of the lowest starting prices in the class, the 2017 Chevy Impala certainly doesn’t feel cheap. The interior is well-designed and roomy, and the ride is smooth and comfortable, making it perfect for long trips. It also receives good marks for safety and predicted reliability. The Chevrolet Impala is among the best large cars because it does everything well.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.
- "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
- "As expected, the 2017 Impala takes road impacts in stride, soaking up the bumps and ruts like a big car should." -- Edmunds
- "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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