What is it? This large sedan has received a thorough
redesign for the first time since the 2000 model year. Designated a 2014 model, the born-again Impala will share a platform with the very good Buick LaCrosse. Its array of electronic convenience and safety features
will include adaptive cruise control, forward collision
mitigation, a backup camera, and lane-departure and rear cross-traffic warning systems.
Engine choices include two four cylinder four cylinder
versions and a V6. The base 182-hp four will use GM’s eAssist mild-hybrid system, with which we got a very good 26 mpg overall in the LaCrosse. The 303-hp, 3.6-liter V6 is stronger but far less economical; our V6 LaCrosse got only 20 mpg.
Pricing will start at $27,530 including an $810 destination charge.
What is new or notable? Optional Chevrolet MyLink adds an eight-inch infotainment screen for navigation and Bluetooth audio streaming.
CR’s take: With its spacious cabin and up-to-date technology, the new Impala should finally compete well with its large-car peers.
When will it be available? Spring 2013.