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2018 Chevrolet Impala Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.7

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala has a modern, spacious cabin fitted with mostly high-end materials. Both rows of seats – especially the second row – have plenty of space. The trunk is one of the largest in the class, and there are plenty of standard user-friendly tech features.

  • "Step inside the Impala's interior and you're met with serious square footage, modern design and impressive fit and finish." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The Impala's dynamic, modern exterior writes checks that its interior is pleased to cash. The graceful dual-cowl dashboard flows organically into the door panels, creating a wraparound effect that has become a GM trademark as of late. … The interior design is sharp, though materials quality in some places is underwhelming. Leather upholstery comes standard on the Impala Premier." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Pop open a door, and the Impala's greatest asset immediately becomes apparent: a cavernous and well-equipped interior. Passenger room is abundant, especially in the palatial rear seat area, and there's also impressive material quality to go with the spatial quantity: available perforated leather upholstery, sueded microfiber, contrast stitching and soft-touch materials give the cabin a decidedly upscale feel." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Seating

Like every other car in the class, the Chevy Impala seats five. Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat come standard. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and heated and ventilated front seats are available.

Large sedans are generally pretty roomy, and the Impala is no exception. The seats have good support on long drives, but they don’t have much side bolstering to hold you in place around sharp turns. Both rows of seats have plenty of head- and legroom, and the rear seats are roomier than in many other large cars. Driver visibility is good in all directions.

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat attachments on the outboard rear seats, and the middle seat has a dedicated lower anchor with the ability to borrow from another seat. All the lower anchors are buried deep in the seat, and there is little room in the middle seat to maneuver around the anchors.

  • "The 2017 Impala's portfolio starts with its roomy interior. This is one of the main reasons to consider this class of car, and compared to a typical midsize sedan, the Impala gives rear passengers plenty of space to stretch out." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "The rebirth of Chevy's biggest sedan brought with it a roomy interior that's even more appreciated than its sharp suit. This is most true in mid-level LT and top-line Premier trims, the latter with perforated leather seating (base models have premium cloth, mid-grade mixes cloth and Leatherette). This 5-passenger sedan has generous legroom even for rear-seat passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Interior space is more generous than in the last Impala. Front seats offer lots of room, but they are too flat to provide much lateral support in aggressive turns. Even tall passengers will be comfortable in the rear, which is wide enough for three-across seating and has enough contour to make outboard passengers comfortable." -- MSN (2014)

Interior Features

The Impala’s standard features include a six-speaker audio system, a keyless ignition, three USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, 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.

Optional features include a power sunroof, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

MyLink is newly standard for the 2018 model year, meaning that every Impala now features a user-friendly infotainment system. The touch screen has sharp graphics and responds to smartphone-style gestures, and there are plenty of connectivity options. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, which is uncommon among cars in the class.

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  • "With quick response, an intuitive interface and detailed graphics, Chevy's MyLink infotainment system is one of the best." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It's fair to say that these qualities are big-car basics, but we're also fond of the Impala's technology. Standard on all but the base LS trim is the 8-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system, which has crisp graphics and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Learning from Ford's MyFord Touch infotainment fiasco, Chevy proceeded cautiously with its MyLink system in the new Impala. The second generation of MyLink, with its optional eight-inch touch screen, provides a wealth of features, such as capacity for 10 Bluetooth devices and 1000 contacts; 'natural' voice recognition; response to swipe, flick, click, and drag input gestures; and static movie-play capability. There are redundant knobs and steering-wheel buttons for entertainment and climate controls, high-res 3-D navigation mapping, and four distinct menu screen choices. Plus this wow feature: The screen rises out of the dash at the touch of a button to open a secret storage bin that can be locked shut and disabled by typing in a four-digit code." -- Car and Driver (2014)

Cargo

With 18.8 cubic feet of space, the Chevrolet Impala has a bigger trunk than many other large cars. The rear seats fold down to give you additional space for hauling large items. The trunk opening is a bit shallow, but since the floor is mounted fairly high up, it is pretty easy to load and unload your cargo.

  • "You won't have any problem carpooling members of the high-school basketball team, while the Impala's massive 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space will swallow the marching band's instruments. Well, at least the tuba." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The standard 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks add useful additional cargo space to the already ample 18.8-cubic-foot trunk." -- Edmunds (2016)

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