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2016 Chevrolet Impala Review

There's a lot to like about the 2016 Chevrolet Impala, but its low-for-the-class reliability rating pulls it toward the middle of our large car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale, roomy interior
  • Cushioned ride
  • Spacious trunk
  • Four-cylinder's fuel economy isn't much better than V6 competitors 

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Large Cars category. It was the winner of our 2016 Best Large Car for the Money award and the winner of our 2016 Best Large Car for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Impala has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.7
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2016 Chevrolet Impala Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Impala a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Impala is a great choice in the large sedan class. In fact, we named it our 2016 Best Large Car for the Money and 2016 Best Large Car for Families. It has the cabin space, interior refinement, and comfortable ride that buyers in this segment want, and there are plenty of available features. This sedan also earns great safety scores and has a low average price for the class. Its reliability rating is considered average among all vehicles on the market. In contrast, a number of cars in this segment offer above-average reliability ratings.

Why You Can Trust Us

To help you decide if the Chevy Impala is the right car for you, we've gathered and analyzed 28 professional reviews. We've also included information about the Impala's fuel economy, safety, and much more to give you an idea of the Impala's strengths and weaknesses.

The U.S. News Best Cars staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry, and we've been ranking the best vehicles since 2007. To keep our reviews free from outside influence, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and the ads on our site are placed and sold by a third party.

How Much Is the 2016 Chevrolet Impala?

Based on the listings on our site, the average price for a used 2016 Impala is $15,800. Some listings are priced as low as $12,000, while others are as high as $22,000.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chevrolet Impala Cost to Own?

Over five years of owning a 2016 Impala, you can expect to spend around $24,700 on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. That's nearly $5,000 a year. Rivals like the Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus will cost about the same over five years.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Impala?

The base price for a new 2018 Impala is around $27,900 – more than $12,000 higher than the average price of a used 2016 model on our site. While there are a few features added to the base trim in the newer model, the drastically higher price is a hard pill to swallow. Even the highest priced used model on our site is nearly $6,000 cheaper than the base 2018 Impala.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Impala?

The Impala earns a reliability score of three out of five, which is average for the auto industry as a whole but below average for the large car class.

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2016 Chevrolet Impala Recalls

As of this writing, there are no outstanding recalls on the 2016 Impala.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Impala Is Best?

The 2016 model is part of the Impala's current generation, which started with the 2014 model year. There are few differences between this generation's model years. Apple CarPlay and wireless charging are only available in 2016 and newer models, while a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot can only be found in 2015 and newer models. Though these are nice features to have, you can likely save a lot of money by purchasing a 2014 Impala. All models dating back to 2014 have similar scores in our rankings. The 2013 Impala, which was the last model of the previous generation, has a much lower overall score. For this reason, we recommend sticking to 2014 or newer models.

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Which Used Chevrolet Impala Model Is Right for Me?

The base LS trim comes well-equipped with a power-adjustable driver's seat, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and a 4.2-inch display. Most buyers should be happy with the LS' features list, but if you want more, step up to the 1LT trim. The 1LT adds dual-zone automatic climate control, two additional USB ports, HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, and the MyLink infotainment system, which has an 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay. The 2LT comes with the same features as the 1LT, along with the V6 engine instead of the four-cylinder.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Impala?

The 2016 Chevy Impala earned excellent crash test scores. In four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the Impala earned a Good rating (the best possible). The Impala earned an Acceptable rating in its fifth IIHS test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Impala a perfect five-star overall rating.

No safety features come standard in the base Impala, but many are available, including forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and rear cross traffic alert.

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2016 Chevrolet Impala Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Impala or 2016 Toyota Avalon?

You can't go wrong with the Impala or the Toyota Avalon; you'll just need to consider your priorities to choose between them. The Avalon tends to cost more (and has a more upscale cabin to match), and it doesn't have quite as much passenger or trunk space as the Impala. The Avalon earns slightly lower safety scores, but it has a higher reliability rating. Some features available in the Impala, like a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot and Apple CarPlay, are not available in the Avalon.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Impala or 2016 Chrysler 300?

If the need for raw power is the driving force behind your buying decision, the Chrysler 300 with its available V8 engine is worth a look. Otherwise, you're better off with the Impala. The 300 earns a slightly lower reliability score than the Impala, and it has the lowest safety rating in the class. The Impala gets better fuel economy and feels more composed around corners.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Impala or 2016 Ford Taurus?

The Ford Taurus does better in crash tests than the Impala, but its winning streak ends there. The Taurus feels cramped inside, especially in the rear seats. It gets worse gas mileage than the Impala, and its base engine can feel sluggish. Additionally, the Taurus' handling is uninspiring, and the car rolls too much when driven around corners.

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2016 Impala Performance

How Does the 2016 Chevrolet Impala Drive?

The Impala is tuned for comfort, and it feels smooth over bumpy roads. It stays composed around corners, but it's not particularly sporty. Front-wheel drive is standard. An adequately powerful 196-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard in this sedan. A brawnier 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 is available. Both engines come with a quick-shifting six-speed automatic.

Does the 2016 Chevrolet Impala Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine, the Impala gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. That's above average for the class but not significantly better than the ratings of many V6-powered rivals. With the optional V6, the Impala gets lower estimates than V6-powered competitors, earning only 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway.

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2016 Impala Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Impala Seat?

There are seats for five in the Impala's upscale cabin. The front seats are comfortable enough for long hauls, and they offer a clear view of the road ahead. There's generous space in the rear seats, so even tall adults can stretch out.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Chevrolet Impala?

The Impala's LATCH car-seat connectors have an unusual arrangement. Each of the outboard rear seats has a full set of connectors. The middle rear seat has an upper tether, plus one lower anchor on the passenger side. When you install a child safety seat in the middle, you use the middle-seat connectors along with one of the lower anchors from the driver's side seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Impala's LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use.

2016 Chevrolet Impala Features

The base Impala LS comes standard with a basic infotainment system, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. More advanced features, like an upgraded touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and a Bose audio system, are available. Overall, the Impala's interior features are intuitive. There are physical controls for climate and audio settings, and the touch-screen infotainment system is straightforward and has sharp graphics. However, the touch-screen inputs can lag at times.

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2016 Chevrolet Impala Dimensions

Chevrolet Impala Cargo Space

The Impala has 18.8 cubic feet of trunk room, which is more than most rivals.

2016 Impala Length and Weight

The Impala is nearly 17 feet long and weighs up to 3,800 pounds when equipped with the V6 engine.

Where Was the 2016 Chevrolet Impala Built?

The 2016 Impala was built in Chevy's Detroit and Oshawa, Ontario, factories.

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