Car and Driver
The new Impala is no longer just a car for rental fleets. “Like a scarred and once-proud prizefighter eyeing a big comeback,” Chevrolet’s largest sedan appears almost reborn as it re-enters the arena looking to win back old fans. “Envy-me exterior styling” replaces the “anodyne” looks of the outgoing ninth-generation model, and the Opel-designed chassis underneath helps deliver a level of agility formerly unknown to Chevy’s longest-lasting nameplate.
The “classy” new cabin feels “jam-packed with luxury features.” In all trim levels except the base model, an 8-inch touchscreen controls a “refreshingly intuitive” infotainment system that includes a nice surprise: The screen lifts, at the touch of a button, to reveal a code-locked vault for stashing valuables. This Impala feels bigger inside and is “considerably quieter” than its most direct competitor, the Ford Taurus.
Though the Impala “will never be mistaken for a sport sedan,” it “never feels clumsy when pushed.” We’ll see if that holds true when more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines arrive later in the year, but the car’s V-6 is “a gutsy machine”. As much as we wish the smooth-operating six-speed transmission had two more gears, this Impala “excels at most of the tasks you could ask of it.” Besides, “it’s downright cool to look at.”