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2006 Chevrolet Impala Sedan

4dr Sdn LT 3.5L

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  • $20,830 original MSRP
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2006 Chevrolet Impala

Source: The Car Connection

 

Few who saw Chevy's new Impala at the Detroit North American International Auto Show realized how new it really was. The car it replaces has been quietly competent and successful -- outselling Chrysler's hot 300 by more than 50,000 units during the first half of this year - but bland in looks, moderate in performance and about as exciting as yesterday's beer. All it did was offer good build quality and interior room and terrific value for dollar and sell in substantial numbers year after year.

Now comes this new Impala looking better (though not that different) than the old one and surpassing it (and most everything else in its class) in virtually every way. Comparing roominess (for six), cargo capacity, base and V-8 performance, V-6 and V-8 fuel economy, and V-6 and V-8 base price, Chevy says it beats Camry, Accord, Altima, Five Hundred and 300 in everything except the Five Hundred's bigger trunk and the 300C HEMI's bigger performance.

Yet critics and enthusiasts will diss it for at least four valid reasons: 1) its new look is handsome but hardy exciting, 2) it's front-wheel-driven, 3) there's not an overhead cam among its three available engines, and 4) its only transmission is a four-speed automatic.

Three new powerplants

The new 60-degree 3.5-liter V-6 standard on base LS and LT models generates a very respectable 211 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque (at 4000 rpm) and features a forged steel crankshaft, electronic throttle control and - a first in any OHV (pushrod) engine -- variable valve timing. It pulls the 3553-lb LS from rest to 60 mph in 8.4 sec., offers E85 ethanol-blend fuel capability and scores 21 mpg city and 31 highway on unleaded regular in EPA testing. Compared to the previous GM V-6 of the same 3.5-liter displacement, "there are maybe a half-dozen parts carried over," says Asst. Chief Engineer Gary Horvat. "This is pretty much a ground-up new engine."

The mid-range 3.9-liter version, standard on the LTZ and available on LT, adds a variable-length intake manifold to optimize flow at high and low revs and ups the V-6 ante to 242 hp and 242 lb-ft. Chevy says it's good for 7.8 seconds from 0-60 mph and 19/27 mpg in fuel economy. Yes, these new V-6s would be somewhat smoother and quieter with overhead cams, especially at high rpm (and slightly more efficient with more gears in the box) but also a bunch more expensive.

For V-8 fans (and who isn't?) best news is the delightful new Impala SS, which returns legendary small-block Chevy power to the once-legendary Impala nameplate for the first time since last decade's huge, blimp-like rear-drive Impalas. This all-aluminum 5.3-liter sweetheart pumps out a healthy 303 hp and 323 lb-ft, launches the 3712-lb SS to 60 mph in 5.7 sec. and -- partly thanks to GM's Displacement on Demand (DOD) cylinder deactivation technology - delivers a very decent 18 mpg city, 28 mpg highway EPA economy.

Styled to blend in

"Our goal was to build on the previous car's success and move it upmarket a bit," said Impala Lead Exterior Designer Louis "Chip" Thole. Mission accomplished, we think. Perceived quality inside and out, judging by fits, gaps and materials, is much improved and competitive. Subtle vortices off the front and rear wheel wells (a new Chevy trademark) add interest to the side view, and the SS gets performance-look crosshatch grille texture. We think its clean, conservative look salutes (pre-bold-new-face) Audi in front, BMW in the rear C-pillar and half the cars on the road in its triangular taillamp design. (We're told the Chevy quad round taillamps beneath the large primary lenses dominate at night.)

It's no Audi inside but (like most Audis) simple in design and well executed with IP plastics hard to the touch but nicely textured. The only real controversy, as always, is the faux wood in most models. Some will like it, we don't. Brushed metal-look trim is optional, but we like the SS's carbon-fiber-like panels. There's good passenger room front and rear, and flip-and-fold rear seats provide a choice of recessed cargo bins or a carpeted flat floor with pass-through to the trunk. Nice!

The Impala's fully-independent suspension calibrations logically elevate with performance. Base V-6 buyers get 16-inch S-rated tires with "smooth ride and in-control handling," Chevy says. The 3.9-liter V-6 brings FE1 "elegant agility with?more ride character" and more aggressive 17-inch T-rated tires. The SS wears 18-inch W-rated rubber with FE3 chassis rates that appropriately "trade some ride?handling, without being harsh."

We found all three variations true to these descriptions. Base V-6 models, not overly soft or underpowered, will satisfy their budget-minded buyers. "Up" V-6 cars felt stronger off the line and comfortable in ride yet surprisingly agile and balanced through the turns - better than expected, truth be told. Our overwhelming favorite, of course, is the highly effective SS. Its lovely small-block music entertains each time you tickle the pedal, its acceleration is exhilarating, and its curvy road character is as good as it gets with fwd cars this size. There is a touch of torque steer when powering hard out of tight turns.

Steering (with the same 13.3:1 power rack-and-pinion gear in all models) felt slightly underboosted at parking speeds but nicely weighted with good feel and feedback underway. We didn't get a chance to try repeated aggressive stops, but the four-wheel power discs with vented front rotors never showed any fade when we used them hard. ABS and traction control are available on LS and LT and standard on other models, and all but the base 16-inch wheels come with tire pressure monitoring.

Cabin essence

It was clear at elevated speeds that much attention has been paid to interior quietness in both cabin isolation and at-the-source noise reduction. Examples are laminated steel in the front-of-dash, 5-mm side glass, stylishly flat windshield wipers, a very sound absorbent steering column boot and exhaust hangers mounted at the system's noise nodes. For crash protection, the passenger compartment is surrounded by a high-strength steel "safety cage," under-seat structural tubes work with a center-tunnel crush box to deflect and absorb side-impact loads, and both side-curtain and dual-stage front air bags are standard.

The Impala is assembled at GM's Oshawa, Ontario, Canada plant, recently cited as the highest-quality facility in North and South America for the third time in four years by J. D. Power. It's also the most efficient North American plant according to the 2005 Harbour Report. Chevy pointedly adds that the 2005 Impala beat Accord, Altima, Five Hundred and 300, and topped Camry for the fifth straight year, in Power's 2005 IQS ratings.

Impala prices (reduced from '05 despite more standard equipment) start at $21,990 and extend through $22,520 for the 3.5L LT, $27,530 for the 3.9-liter LTZ and $27,790 for the SS. These much-improved '06 Impalas complete Chevy's recently-renewed car stable and -- given that lots of folks prefer front-drive, especially in bad-weather states, and eschew look-at-me styling -- we don't see why they shouldn't sell even better than their popular predecessors.

2006 Chevrolet Impala
Base price:
 $21,990
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6, 211 hp/214 lb-ft; 3.9-liter V-6, 242 hp/242 lb-ft; 5.3-liter V-8, 303 hp/323 lb-ft

Transmission: Four-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 110.5 in
Length: 200.4 in
Width: 72.9 in
Height: 58.7 in
Curb weight: 3553 lb (LS)
EPA (city/hwy): 21/31 mph (3.5-liter V-6); 19/27 mpg (3.9-liter V-6); 18/28 mpg (5.3-liter V-8)
Safety features: Dual front and side curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes (optional LS/LT)

Major standard features: A/C; power windows/locks/mirrors; remote keyless entry; cruise control; eight-way power driver's seat with manual-adjustable lumbar; AM/FM/CD player; 16-inch wheels/tires

Warranty: Three years, 36,000 miles

 
 
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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Opt
Passenger Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

NEW! 6-Year/100,000-Mile¹ Powertrain Limited Warranty

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

Exclusive 2-Year/24,000-Mile³ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program with two included maintenance visits

¹Whichever comes first, from original in-service date. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
²Whichever comes first, from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
³Maintenance visits must occur within two years or 24,000 miles of vehicle delivery, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2011-2016 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION: Before a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle is listed or sold, GM requires dealers to complete all safety recalls. However, because even the best processes can break down, we encourage you to check the recall status of any vehicle at recalls.gm.com
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day/150-Mile&#185; Vehicle Exchange Program <br> &#185;Whichever comes first. Vehicle exchange only. See dealer for details.
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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