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2002 Chevrolet Impala Sedan

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2002 Chevrolet Impala

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Introduction

Chevrolet Impala is a modern, capable mid-size sedan, with a look and especially a name designed to push the nostalgia button for a certain generation.

From 1958-65, Impala meant the flashiest full-size Chevrolet, a real working-man's Cadillac, tame in its base form but offering performance options to match its aggressive looks. After '65, the sporty Impala was subordinated to the more conservative-looking Caprice, and eventually the name disappeared from the Chevrolet lineup.

Like its older namesake, the new Impala is tame and practical with base-level equipment. When ordered with its optional 3.8-liter V6, however, this new Impala is not only quick, but also more responsive than the six-seat models from Toyota, Dodge, Ford and Buick. It shares its platform with the Pontiac Grand Prix, and offers competent suspension tuning, distinctive looks, and plenty of interior room.

Model Lineup

Two models are available, both four-door sedans: Impala ($19,960) and Impala LS ($23,660).

The base Impala uses a 3.4-liter 180-horsepower V6.

The more upmarket LS comes with GM's proven and highly competent 3.8-liter V6, producing 200 horsepower. The real difference between the base and LS is the level of luxury amenities on the standard-equipment list.

That's because the 3.8-liter engine is optional on the base model ($995). Whether base or LS, 3.8-liter Impalas come with aluminum wheels, quicker steering, traction control, and anti-lock brakes.

New for 2002 is the Sport Appearance Package, which adds extra gauges to the instrument panel and its own unique look to the Impala's front and rear ends, interior, and wheels.

ABS is a $600 option on base models, an odd choice for Chevrolet, when most other GM cars come with anti-lock brakes even in their most basic guise. The anti-lock brake system includes a tire-pressure monitor.

Also standard on LS (optional on base Impalas) is GM's OnStar system. OnStar is a customer-service network linked to each car via satellite. It's one of those convenience features that you may never notice during daily use, but it's nice to have if something goes wrong. The system can notify network representatives of the car's location, to facilitate roadside assistance or to help track the car if it is stolen. It automatically notifies the OnStar network when the airbag has been deployed, and operators will dispatch emergency crews to the spot unless you respond to their calls.

Walkaround

The Impala looks bigger than it is, thanks to its upright windows and roof pillars and relatively long greenhouse. The Impala is a whopping nine inches shorter than a Dodge Intrepid, yet it's slightly larger in total interior volume.

The most significant styling cues are the headlight and taillight clusters, which use a unique combination of round lights clearly visible from behind trapezoidal covers. It's an aggressive look for a Chevy sedan, so you'll easily spot an Impala in traffic. If you don't like the boy-racer spoiler on the deck lid of the LS, you can delete it for a $175 credit.

Interior Features

The Impala is noticeably roomy inside, with 122 cubic feet of interior volume. Interior space was gained by designing a high roofline with more vertical sides, carefully rearranging the rear bulkhead, and moving the seats slightly outboard. From the driver's seat you get the impression that the car is huge inside, likely because you sense a notable distance to the right-side passenger.

Base models come with a three-passenger split bench seat in the front; LS models come with two individual front seats, although by checking off the right options you can put buckets in the base model or a bench in the LS. New for 2002 is a leather-accented bench seat. Because it comes with six-way power, lumbar support, and a side-impact air bag, it costs $1390 on base models and $625 on LS.

At first glance, the individual seats look flat, like semi-benches, but when you sit in them, they provide good support for your thighs and your back. They feel like bucket seats. But then the front-center passenger has to straddle the split between the seats. A slight hump down the center accommodates the exhaust; but it also hampers legroom for the front center passenger.

It's easy to orient yourself inside the Impala. Controls are logical, work smoothly, and are easy to see. They follow the function of those in the smaller Malibu, but they're bigger. New for 2002 are individual temperature controls for the driver and passenger.

Although Impala boasts more total interior volume than the Dodge Intrepid, the Chevy's rear seat area is shorter on useable legroom. Still, the Impala is better in this respect than the Ford Taurus or the even the full-size Ford Crown Victoria. The Impala's rear seating position is comfortable and relatively high, which makes it easy to get in and out. There are three shoulder belts in the rear, as well as LATCH child-seat tethers. In the LS, the rear seat is split 60/40 and folds down to allow bulky items to protrude from the trunk; that's handy if you're a Home Depot regular.

The headliner is nicely padded. Chevy says this design will pass the federal head injury requirements scheduled to come into effect for all cars in 2003. A seat-mounted side-impact airbag is standard on LS and available as part of several option packages on the base model.

Driving Impressions

The new Impala feels like a big luxury car, even compared to a Ford Crown Victoria or Toyota Avalon. The Crown Victoria seems unrefined when you drive the two back-to-back. The Toyota feels bland by comparison.

The view out of the Impala is good, and particularly helpful are the small quarter windows that split the rear pillars. The creases on the hood give a good perspective for judging where the front of the car is, handy for parking a big car in compact spaces. The rear deck lid seems high, however, so care is required when backing up.

Handling is surprisingly quick and sharp. This is not the wallowing, live-axle barge from the 1960s. One reason is the use of a huge aluminum engine-cradle subframe, isolating vibrations while allowing for a more rigid structure. A monster dashboard bulkhead made of light and strong magnesium adds to rigidity, giving the car a robust feel. The engine cradle and dashboard structure lock the steering shaft down rigidly, so there are no excess wiggly movements. Chevy says a new link between the steering column and the steering gear contributes to better on-center feel at the wheel. Both base and LS models benefit from a strut brace in front, as well as anti-roll bars front and rear. This type of hardware is usually found only on sports sedans.

On the road, the steering feels good, better than the Toyota Avalon's. The LS we tested felt particularly good, with its quicker steering ratio.

Likewise, the brake pedal feels firm and responsive. Braking is smooth and steady, and we applaud Chevy's decision to use discs at all four wheels, even on the base model.

Acceleration is brisk, especially with the more powerful 3.8-liter engine. (There's also just enough torque steer, felt as a slight tug on the steering wheel whenever you stomp down on the gas pedal, to remind you that this is a front-wheel-drive car.) The Impala is the least-expensive GM car powered by this gutsy pushrod engine. Chevy claims it will accelerate to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, which is quick for this class.

Police-package Impalas will get the higher-ratio gearing from the Grand Prix, and should be quicker still. The cops may even learn to like this car, even though front-drivers are still looked down upon by many of America's men in blue. The front steering knuckles for police versions are made of steel instead of weight-saving aluminum, though Chevy says the aluminum knuckles (and the rest of the car) exceeded durability tests.

Summary

The Impala delivers excellent value among mid-size sedans, with decent handling, immediately recognizable design cues, and a long list of amenities. It honors the heritage of the original Impala, without reviving the old car's excessive bulk. For a younger generation who never knew the older car, Impala will mean something entirely different.

 


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Impala ($19,960), Impala LS ($23,660)
Engines: 180-hp 3.4-liter ohv 12-valve V6; 200-hp, 3.8-liter ohv 12-valve V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual airbags, structural headliner, three LATCH rear child-seat tethers
Safety equipment (optional): driver's side-impact airbag, ABS and traction control
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Oshawa, Ontario

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Impala LS ($23,660)
Standard equipment: (LS) dual-zone climate control, ABS, traction control, aluminum wheels, tire inflation monitor, rear-window defroster, power locks, remote keyless entry, power heated mirrors, cruise control, power windows, variable intermittent wipers, fog lights, split rear seatback, six-way power driver's seat, AM/FM/cassette stereo with RDS, rear spoiler
Options as tested (MSRP): Preferred Equipment Group 1SB ($785) includes AM/FM RDS cassette and CD stereo, leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, trip computer, HomeLink transmitter, theft deterrent system, compass; Leather interior ($625); Power passenger seat ($325)
Destination charge: N/A
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $26,005
Layout: front-wheel drive
Engine: 3.8-liter ohv 12-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 200 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 225 @ 4000
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 20/30 mpg
Wheelbase: 110.5 in.
Length/width/height: 200.0/73.0/57.3 in.
Track, f/r: 62.0/61.1 in.
Turning circle: 38.0 ft.
Seating capacity: 6
Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.2/56.5/42.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 36.8/55.7/38.4 in.
Trunk volume: 18.6 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 1000 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: Independent
Ground clearance: N/A
Curb weight: 3450 lbs.
Tires: P225/60R16
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity: 17.0 gal.

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of August 31, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-222-1020 - www.chevrolet.com

Copyright © 1994-2003 New Car Test Drive, Inc.


 

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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.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Opt
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Opt

Passenger Restraint

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

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
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.

Miles

Months

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.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

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

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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