It is quite large, and isn’t trying to look any smaller.
The 19-inch wheels on my test car looked great (Part of a $1140 Premium audio & Sport wheels package)
It has plenty of personality and a strong presence.
Until… You walk around to the back.
Where things look really generic. Which is just too bad. I think all Chevrolet cars should have round taillights anyway, and in this case, I think it would really help.
Every plastic used is of high quality. (Almost no hard plastic here.)
The MyLink stereo & GPS system worked great, all the time. None of the frustration of the VW system. I had no problem playing anything from my phone.
The optional 11-speaker Bose stereo sounded great.
And the GPS requires only one line to type an address. A small detail, but it does make a difference. (As it is much more natural and intuitive.)
The headrests especially, are some of the best around, with plenty of adjustment.
The hidden compartment behind the screen is actually large and very useful.
It is just a great place to spend time on the road.
I did test-drive the 4 Cylinder Lacrosse a couple of years ago, and though it was a bit busy at times.
But this newer 2.5 Liter version is amazingly smooth and quiet. At all times.
While 196hp is plenty for a 2.5 Liter engine, it doesn’t seem much for such a large car.
But in real life, it is just fine. There was always enough power for most needs.
This is never a problem in the Impala. And while the engine revs up, it is still smooth and quiet.
Sure, it is no V6. But you can still get one if you’d like for a bit over $1000 extra.
The steering also feels really nice and precise.
The suspension is a bit firm but always super smooth and comfortable. I think it strikes a perfect balance for this type of car.
While it is rated at 21 City and 31 Highway. I was never able to get 21 in the city.
My best number was 19. But I did get 32 on the freeway.
I really enjoyed spending a week with the new Impala. The car looks good inside and out. It has a reassuring quality feel to it.
It drives great and gets very good mileage.
As for the smaller engine. It is amazingly smooth and quiet and will fit the need of most buyers just fine.
But, it is only about $1000 less than the V6, which isn’t such a big difference. And from the official numbers, the penalty for the V6 is only 3MPG.
So you are actually not saving that much.
I guess I will just have to drive the V6 version soon and report on the difference…