This proud Chevrolet has changed over the years, sure, but only to maintain its position as a top-selling all-American sedan that offers great value.
Chevrolet is perhaps best-known for three vehicles: the Chevrolet Suburban, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Chevrolet Impala. The Impala is the third-oldest active model in Chevy’s portfolio, and after 10 generations the Impala still stands out with a unique combination of size, style, and luxury. Here are our favorite 10 reasons to buy a used Chevrolet Impala.
1. A proven legacy dating back to 1958
The Impala was first introduced back in 1958 as a trim level for the Bel Air. It’s been nearly 60 years, and the Chevrolet Impala is still a strong market contender for big family sedans with plenty of features. The 2016 Impala design even pays homage to its original namesake by including arched rear fender lines, a nod to the 1958 model.
2. New Midnight Edition
Chevy Impalas ooze attitude and personality, especially the older models, and that bold spirit is alive once again with the introduction of the 2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition. This trim was introduced as a SEMA Show concept vehicle in 2014, and it brings a standout monochromatic look to the big sedan. The Midnight Edition has black exterior paint, 19-inch aluminum wheels with black accents, black grille insert, black Chevrolet bowtie emblems, and a black rear spoiler. The blacked-out theme continues inside with an all-black interior, and most of the chrome that normally adorns an Impala is gone. A quick caveat: the Midnight Edition is only available on LT and LTZ trim packages equipped with the V6 engine.
3. Stylish exterior design
Even without the new Midnight Edition package, the Impala is already a good-looking sedan. It has seen a few generational redesigns over its lifespan, and these designs often included bold aesthetic choices. In the most current models, the biggest standouts are rectangular-shaped headlights and a sculpted hood that adds a muscle-car-like presence. And in case you love the Impala’s style but not the car itself, this sporty design cue has trickled down to other Chevrolet sedans, including the Malibu, Cruze, and Volt.
4. Room for the whole family
The earlier Impala generations offer a seating arrangement that’s a lot like a station wagon, with a front bench, but newer generations have moved away from this design. If you want that cool, old-school layout, an older used Chevrolet Impala is your best bet, but if you want to be on the cutting edge of car designs and features, sticking with the newer models will keep you happy. And don’t worry, even though the design changed, the Impala is still big and roomy inside. It comfortably seats five adults and still has room for cargo.
5. High-tech living room on wheels
If you’re getting a used Impala, its features will depend a lot on the specific year and the previous owner’s choices. Standout features you might find in later-model used Impalas include Apple CarPlay®, Bluetooth® audio streaming, Bose® surround-sound audio system, Siri Eyes Free® for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users and, of course, the Chevrolet MyLink® infotainment system.
The 2016 Chevrolet Impala also has upgraded trims that include an eight-inch touch screen display. Plus, this model keeps its occupants connected using the innovative OnStar® with 4G LTE, which is capable of linking up to 10 devices such as smartphones and MP3 players.
6. Secrets hidden in plain sight
The current generation Impala includes a hidden, square-shaped compartment behind the eight-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dashboard. This secret pocket is big enough to store a few smaller objects at once, like a wallet, phone, pair of sunglasses, emergency money, or toll road pass. To access the hidden compartment, just touch a button on the dash console, which raises the screen.
7. Powertrain options
Like the body styles and interior design choices, the Impala’s engine has changed over the generations. The latest model has an efficient 2.5-liter engine that’s rated at 196 hp. The Impala comes with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment, and the 2016 model has an EPA fuel economy estimate of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. If you’re looking for more power, consider upgrading to the optional 3.6L, direct-injected V6 engine that combines power and efficiency. It has 305 hp and an EPA fuel economy estimate of 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
8. Luxury at an entry-level price
Value is one of the Impala’s strongest assets. This car has plenty of rivals in the family sedan market, such as the Chrysler 300, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, and Kia Cadenza. But its starting price is actually closer to that of smaller, mid-size sedans, which gives it a boost over the competition and lets the Chevrolet Impala quickly become one of the most popular vehicles in its class.
9. Awards galore
The most recent Impala models have sold well and won numerous awards and media recognition. Perhaps the biggest praise the tenth-generation Impala has received so far was being named the Consumer Reports’ top-rated sedan, which marked the first time since 1992 that the outlet has given such a distinction to an American sedan. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was a finalist for the 2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year award, and since its debut, U.S. News & World Report has heaped praise on the Impala by naming it the Best Large Car for the Money and the Best Large Car for Families, and giving it the No. 1 ranking for Large Cars.
10. Respecting the past while looking to the future
The Chevrolet Impala is a proud flagship offering for Chevrolet, but the ninth generation Impala missed the mark with consumers. It was almost exclusively (around 70 percent by Chevy’s numbers) sold to fleet companies (such as police departments and rental car agencies). But with the launch of the current model in 2014, the Impala has bounded back to its rightful place as Chevrolet’s flagship luxury sedan, and carries on a legacy that now dates back decades. Over the course of its lengthy history, the Chevy Impala stands as one of the best-selling models of all time, with more than 14 million units sold since 1958.