2018 Chevrolet Impala

Performance


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2018 Chevrolet Impala Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.3

The 2018 Chevrolet Impala isn’t the most athletic large car, but it provides composed handling and offers a powerful V6 engine option. The base engine feels underpowered at times, but it does get better gas mileage than nearly every competitor. Over most road surfaces, the Impala delivers a quiet, comfortable ride.

  • "Well-mannered and confidence-inspiring during day-to-day driving, the Impala is a willing and accommodating commuting partner." -- 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

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard in the Impala. It puts out 197 horsepower and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s OK for driving around town, but the four-cylinder is generally unimpressive – especially if you have a lot of people or cargo in the vehicle.

The better option is the available 3.6-liter V6, which makes 305 horsepower. The V6 moves the Impala fairly easily, and it lets you execute highway merging and passing maneuvers with confidence.

The Impala’s fuel economy is better than that of most other large cars. With the four-cylinder engine, it gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. With the V6, those ratings drop to 19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.

  • "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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 front-wheel-drive Impala is a great cruising vehicle. It rides smoothly over imperfect roads, and the ride is generally quiet. It’s less agile than some other large cars, but the sharp steering helps the Impala remain composed on winding roads and relatively maneuverable in tight quarters. Unlike some competitors, the Impala isn’t available with all-wheel drive.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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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