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2017 Chevrolet Impala Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Impala was new.


Performance: 8.5

The 2017 Chevrolet Impala delivers good overall performance for a larger sedan, with powerful engine options and sturdy handling. It excels in offering a pleasant and smooth ride. Fuel economy is excellent for the class.

  • "As expected, the 2017 Impala takes road impacts in stride, soaking up the bumps and ruts like a big car should." -- Edmunds
  • "Regardless of which model you choose, you'll find a comfortable sedan with a big-car ride, a luxurious interior and one of the most refined road experiences in the segment." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "For a large family sedan, the Impala is effortless to drive. Strong acceleration gives the Impala V6 the fortitude required to negotiate city traffic, merge onto freeways with the flow of traffic and climb mountain grades, all while returning better than 20 mpg on average." -- Autotrader (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2017 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. The 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 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 lacks enough power to accelerate when the seats and cargo section are full. Some critics take issue with the performance of the automatic transmission, saying it performs inconsistently, but others find it operates adequately.

  • "Impala buyers might be tempted to stick with the four-cylinder engine on account of its lower price and higher fuel economy, but we recommend shelling out for the V6. The V6's relatively swift sprint to 60 mph only tells part of the story -- when you punch it at cruising speed, the engine responds with real authority. As for the base four, it's reasonably smooth and willing, but its 110-hp deficit is readily apparent from the driver seat, especially if you've got passengers and luggage aboard." -- Edmunds
  • "For roughly $1,100 more, it's a good value and still attains respectable fuel economy -- up to 28 mpg. The standard 2.5-liter is adequate in terms of power and is rated up to 30 mpg. Note that it has an auto start/stop feature that switches off the engine at stoplights; it's pretty smooth, but we'd like the option to disable it. Whichever powerplant you choose, it's paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that goes about its business much like the Impala itself -- with quietness and confidence." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Chevrolet could improve the new Impala with regard to the 6-speed automatic transmission. We found that it stumbled on occasion, especially when driving in the mountains. A manual shift button is provided at the top of the gear selector, but it is unsatisfying to use despite the fact that it matches engine revs when downshifting." -- Autotrader (2016)

Handling and Braking

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.

  • "One of the best traits about the 2017 Chevy Impala is its comfortable and quiet ride. This is a superb choice if you want a big sedan that prioritizes wafting over lanes vs. shrieking around corners." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Should you load up both the rear seat and trunk for a road trip, the Impala will keep your crew comfortable with its impressively smooth ride over bumps and low levels of wind and road noise on the highway. This is a restful, serene road tripper on long hauls." -- Edmunds
  • "The new Impala's electric steering offers pleasing heft regardless of vehicle speed and crisp response when bending the Impala into a curve or turning into a parking space. Given that it's the same system as found in the Camaro but recalibrated for the full-size Chevy sedan, perhaps this comes as no surprise. Suspension tuning provides a deft blend of ride smoothness and handling prowess -- and while the Impala is not a sport sedan, it can cover ground at a rapid pace on twisty roads." -- Autotrader (2016)

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