2019 Chevrolet Impala

Performance


#5 out of 9 in Large Cars

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2019 Chevrolet Impala Performance Review

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Performance: 8.3

The 2019 Chevrolet Impala has decent overall performance for the large car class. The standard four-cylinder engine is underpowered for a car this size, but the optional V6 is more powerful. Fuel economy is average. Handling is somewhat sporty but tuned more toward comfort and easy driving.

  • "Well-mannered and confidence-inspiring during day-to-day driving, the Impala is a willing and accommodating commuting partner. Light steering makes parking easy." -- Edmunds
  • "Impala Premier models equipped with the optional 20-in aluminum wheels sure look terrific, but there is a penalty to be paid in terms of ride quality and interior noise. So equipped, more of the road texture is delivered to the cabin, sometimes rudely, as in the case of traveling over a pothole. The 20-in tires also create more road noise." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "One of the best traits about the … 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)

Acceleration and Power

The 2019 Impala comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. You can upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are also standard.

The base four-cylinder engine feels weak in most situations, but the optional V6 delivers stronger power for highway merging and passing. Testers are mixed on the transmission's performance, with some praising its smooth shifts and others noting its struggles with finding an appropriate gear.

The Impala earns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is average for the class. The optional V6 gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

  • Shifts are smooth and quick. The Impala gets up to highway speeds quickly and passes with confidence. Still, our measured 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds is merely average for the class. The four-cylinder is noticeably slower." -- Edmunds
  • "Our LT test car packed the optional 305-horsepower V6 from the Chevy Camaro, a serious value for just $1,100, and it was properly quick. Pin the gas pedal and the Impala will screech its front tires and shoot to 60 mph in about 6.0 seconds." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • 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. … 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's unsatisfying to use despite the fact that it matches engine revs when downshifting." -- Autotrader (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Impala has composed handling, with light steering and easy maneuverability. The ride quality is soft and comfortable even over rough pavement, and the cabin stays quiet at high speeds. Equipping the car with larger wheels produces a harsher ride and more noise.

  • The steering effort and feedback are light but precise and trustworthy. But it's slightly sensitive around the center, so the driver still has to stay alert to prevent lane-wandering. … The suspension smooths out rough surfaces and provides a terrific balance of comfort and composure. The Impala is also less floaty than some competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "The 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 (2018)
  • "Some still remember the V8-powered Impalas from the 1960s and 1970s and associate the nameplate with those bloated, gas hogs that handled like the Andrea Doria. Forget all that. Although large at over 200 inches long, the … Chevy Impala is spry and easy to park. This is a luxurious, comfortable and quiet sedan with a ride that's plush without being floaty. And its handling, thanks to its front-wheel drive and standard 18-inch wheels and tires, is more than enough for most." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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