The Chevrolet Impala nameplate dates back to 1958, but has been used on numerous large Chevrolet models. Since 2000, it has identified the Chevrolet’s largest front-wheel drive sedan, often with the roomiest interior and plushest appointments.
2014 to Present: Chevrolet Impala
The current Chevrolet Impala was introduced for the 2014 model year. Riding on a stretched version of the platform that underpins the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse, the Impala was given modern engines and interior technology in a package more reminiscent than ever of classic 1960s Impalas. Most models get a 3.6-liter V6 with 304 horsepower. A 2.5-liter, 195-horsepower four-cylinder was standard in some situations, with a 2.4-liter eAssist mild hybrid also offered. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission, and the Impala is only offered with front-wheel drive.
Base Impala LS models include 18-inch wheels, power amenities, General Motors’ OnStar telematics system and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Impala LT gets the V6 engine, aluminum wheels and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system and Bluetooth streaming audio. The Impala LTZ features leather upholstery, keyless entry and start and blind-spot monitoring.
For 2015, the eAssist option was dropped and an upgraded OnStar system with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot was added. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available for 2016, along with a new Midnight Edition package for the Impala LTZ.
Earlier Chevrolet Impala Models
The Impala was introduced in the summer of 1999 as a 2000 model, replacing the antiquated Chevrolet Lumina sedan. Base models got a 3.4-liter V6 with 185 horsepower, while the Impala LS got a 3.8-liter V6 with 200 horsepower. All Impalas have a four-speed automatic transmission. Most come with six-passenger seating, although the LS got front bucket seats with a center console. Air conditioning and power windows, locks and mirrors are also found on most Impala models. The Impala LS gains a few upgrades, including 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and dual-zone air conditioning.
The Impala went unchanged for 2001, but gained standard LATCH connectors and dual-zone air conditioning for 2002. New colors, new wheels and standard remote keyless entry were the main changes for the 2003 Impala, along with a newly available side air bag for the driver’s seat.
The Impala SS Supercharged was introduced for 2004, sporting a supercharged 3.8-liter V6 and 240 horsepower, along with different wheels and a firmer suspension.
For 2006, the Impala got a major update, though still on the same basic platform and with largely the same dimensions. Front and rear fascias were new, along with a new dashboard, standard side curtain air bags and new radios. The base Impalas got a new 3.5-liter V6 with 200 horsepower, while uplevel LT and LTZ models could be had with a 3.9-liter V6 and 240 horsepower. The Impala SS, however, offered a 5.3-liter V8 with 300 horsepower. A four-speed automatic transmission was standard equipment in all models.
A power driver’s seat became standard in 2008, along with stability control on the more expensive models. A 2008 50th Anniversary Edition included mostly trim changes. Side air bags became standard on almost all Impalas in 2009, along with traction control and dual-zone air conditioning. Bluetooth connectivity also debuted as a newly available feature.
The Impala lineup was simplified for 2010, although that mostly meant the cancellation of the SS model and its V8 engine.
Unchanged for 2011, the Impala entered 2012 with significant mechanical changes. A 3.6-liter V6 with 300 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission became standard. There were also some exterior revisions, and all cars now had Bluetooth.
There were no substantial changes to the Impala for 2013, with an all-new model coming for 2014.