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2017 Chevrolet Impala Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Impala ranks in the middle of the large car class. It has a roomy interior, impressive handling, and a strong available V6 engine. However, the Impala has a lower predicted reliability rating than many classmates, and its transmission struggles to find the right gear.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available V6 engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Roomy back seat and trunk
  • Unrefined transmission

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Chevrolet Impala's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Large Cars category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Large Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Large Car for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Impala has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 34 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.5
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2017 Chevrolet Impala Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Impala a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2017 Chevy Impala is a good car. It's available with either a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine or a more muscular V6 that delivers plenty of power. The ride is comfortable, but that’s to be expected of a large car. What you might not expect is that the Impala’s handling is very composed for such a large sedan.

The Impala has a spacious cabin and one of the largest trunks in the class. While the base model is slim on features, there are plenty of available amenities to make your daily drive more pleasant, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 34 Chevrolet Impala reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Impala?

Prices for the 2017 Impala range from about $16,400 to about $26,000, with the average price landing just above $20,000. This data comes from more than 2,300 listings for the 2017 Impala on our site. Prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location. The Impala has a lower average price than competitors like the 2017 Toyota Avalon and 2017 Dodge Charger.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Impala Cost to Own?

The 2017 Impala’s gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs are projected to be around $25,500 over five years, which is slightly higher than many of its competitors’ estimates. The 2017 Toyota Avalon's five-year costs are typically a few hundred dollars lower than the Impala’s, while the 2017 Dodge Charger's costs are about $4,700 higher.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Impala?

For 2018, a rearview camera became standard in the Impala, and the MyLink touch system is newly available in the base trim. Since you can still find those features in used 2017 models, there's little reason to consider a 2018 Chevrolet Impala instead.

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There are no new large cars that you can buy for less than the 2017 Impala’s average list price of roughly $20,000. Even if you're only shopping for the top-of-the-line Impala, you won't find any models that retail for less. The 2018 Ford Taurus’ starting price of $27,690 is the closest you’ll get, but it doesn’t rank well.

Moving down a class, the lowest-priced new midsize car is the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu’s starting price of $21,680 gets you a fuel-efficient base engine, but you'll have to go above the base trim to get an infotainment system. Simply put, a used 2017 Impala is a great deal compared to most comparable new cars on the market.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Impala Is Best?

The 2017 Impala is part of a generation that began with the fully redesigned 2014 Impala. There were minor changes from year to year. The OnStar telematics system and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot debuted in the 2015 Impala, while Apple CarPlay and wireless charging were introduced in the 2016 Impala.

For 2017, the 2016 LTZ trim was renamed Premier. There was also a consolidation of features and options from two LT trims into one. Still, you won’t miss out on any features by going with a 2016 Impala instead of a 2017.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Impala?

J.D. Power gave the 2017 Chevrolet Impala a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is average.

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2017 Chevrolet Impala Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no open recalls that apply to the 2017 Impala.

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Which Used Chevrolet Impala Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Impala is available in LS, LT, and Premier trim levels. The LS and LT come with either the four-cylinder or the V6 engine, while all Chevrolet Impala Premier models have the V6.

The midrange Chevrolet Impala LT offers the best ratio of features to price. It builds on the base model by adding features like alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette seating, two additional USB ports, and the MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Some LT models comes with rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a Bose premium sound system, wireless phone charging, and driver assistance technologies like forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring.

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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 2017 Impala earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA also gave the Impala five stars in the frontal crash and side crash categories, as well as four stars in the rollover test. The Impala received the highest possible rating of Good in four crash tests at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test.

There are no standard active-safety features in the 2017 Impala, but available technologies include rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring.

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2017 Chevrolet Impala Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Impala or 2017 Toyota Avalon?

The 2017 Toyota Avalon ranks higher than the Impala, largely because of its better predicted reliability rating. Otherwise, these cars are pretty similar, and both are worthy of your consideration. The Avalon comes standard with a powerful V6 engine that nearly matches the fuel economy from the Impala's four-cylinder engine. Toyota also makes the Avalon Hybrid, which we review separately. The Avalon boasts a comfortable ride and decent handling for a large car. Inside, the Avalon comes loaded with standard features like a touch-screen system, leather seats, and several driver assistance technologies. However, it lacks some things the Impala offers, like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The Impala has a much larger trunk and lower prices across its model range.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Impala or 2017 Dodge Charger?

The Dodge Charger has lower predicted reliability and crash test ratings than the Impala. You'll get a richer interior with the Impala, especially compared to the Charger's lower trims. The Chevy has a larger trunk and more rear-seat headroom than the Dodge. While the Charger comes standard with a small infotainment touch screen, you’ll have to upgrade to the larger one for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. When it comes to performance, the Charger has very athletic handling for a large sedan, and it's one of few in its class to offer all-wheel drive. A V6 engine comes standard in the Charger, and there are a few more powerful V8 options available, including the ferocious Hellcat model. Unless you're after the Charger for one of its bona fide high-performance trims, your money is better spent on an Impala. It has much lower list prices, and its five-year costs and total ownership costs vastly undercut the Charger’s.

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2017 Impala Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Impala Drive?

The 2017 Chevrolet Impala comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that produces 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. An available V6 engine ups the output to 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. The standard six-speed automatic transmission sometimes struggles to find the proper gear. The optional V6 engine provides great power and moves the Impala along with relative ease. The smaller four-cylinder is capable enough on its own, but it delivers only adequate acceleration when bogged down with a car full of passengers and cargo.

The Impala provides a comfortable ride and easily absorbs 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. All Impala models come with front-wheel drive.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Impala Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Impala with its standard four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the best numbers in the class, but not many other large cars come with a four-cylinder. The Impala's available V6 gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. Many rivals are more efficient.

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2017 Impala Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Impala Seat?

The 2017 Chevy Impala four-door sedan seats five on standard cloth upholstery. A power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard. Available upgrades include heated and ventilated front seats, leatherette or leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable passenger seat. Though the front seats are flat and lack support in hard turns, they offer adequate comfort.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Impala?

There are two complete LATCH car-seat systems for the Impala's outboard rear seats, and the middle seat has a tether anchor and a dedicated lower anchor with the ability to borrow from another seat. The Impala’s LATCH system earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. All the lower anchors are buried fairly deep in the seat, and there is little room in the middle seat to maneuver around the anchors to attach a car seat.

2017 Chevrolet Impala Features

Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch audio display screen, OnStar, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a heated steering wheel, Bluetooth audio streaming, two additional USB ports, proximity key entry, push-button start, remote start, an 11-speaker Bose premium sound system, wireless charging, a 120-volt power outlet, and an 8-inch touch-screen MyLink infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The standard display screen lacks touch functionality, so you’ll have to use physical buttons to control it. The available Chevrolet MyLink system offers sharp graphics and a user-friendly touch-screen interface. It allows you to pair your smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for on-screen access to all your favorite apps in a familiar layout. Chevy employs traditional, physical knobs for major climate and audio controls, and they are easily within reach of the driver’s seat. There are also smaller buttons for more specific actions like changing audio tracks. 

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2017 Chevrolet Impala Dimensions

Chevrolet Impala Cargo Space

The Impala offers an impressive 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space. That's among the largest volumes in the class, beating the 2017 Dodge Charger (16.5 cubic feet) and the 2017 Toyota Avalon (16 cubic feet).

2017 Impala Length and Weight

The 2017 Impala is 16.8 feet long. Curb weight values range from 3,681 pounds to 3,811 pounds depending on trim level and powertrain.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Impala Built?

General Motors built the 2017 Impala in Detroit, Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

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