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2014 Chevrolet Impala: Used Car Review

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ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Ron Sessions November 2016

Courtesy of a complete road-to-roof redesign, the stylish and luxurious 2014 Chevrolet Impala aims to erase memories of the model's recent rental-car past. Channeling some of the sleek design that characterized the beloved Impalas of the 1960s and '70s, the 2014 model moves to the same platform as the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac XTS, offering a lively 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, decent chassis dynamics, a stretch-out back seat, a quiet cabin, a huge trunk with 18.8 cu ft. of space and the latest version of the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. Fitted with a standard 10 airbags, the 2014 Impala earned a 5-star crash-test rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

What We Like

V6 performance; roomy back seat and trunk; interior quiet; capable handling; MyLink infotainment

What We Don't

Poor rearward visibility; no all-wheel drive

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

Chevrolet outfits the Impala LS, LT and LTZ with a standard 2.5-liter dual-overhead-camshaft (DOHC) 4-cylinder featuring four valves per cylinder and direct injection. It produces 196 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded gas and returns 21 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission.

Available on LT and LTZ models is a peppy 3.6-liter DOHC V6 that produces 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. It also runs on regular unleaded fuel. Fuel-economy ratings are 19 mpg city/29 mpg hwy with the 6-speed automatic.

A very small number of Impala Eco gas-electric hybrids were also built for 2014. The eAssist system uses a small, 15-hp electric motor/generator and a 0.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery to boost the power and efficiency of a 182-hp 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder. A stop/start system shuts off the engine at stoplights to save fuel, and grille shutters close to improve efficiency on the highway. The Eco is rated at 25 mpg city/35 mpg hwy with the 6-speed automatic.

Standard Features & Options

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is available in LS, LT, LTZ and Eco trims.

Typical LS equipment includes air conditioning, a power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar, cruise control, cloth seat trim, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, remote keyless entry, a trip computer, Bluetooth, OnStar communication system, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an MP3 decoder and steering-wheel audio controls, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, a 60/40 fold-down rear seat, automatic headlamps, 18-inch steel wheels, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission and power door locks, windows and mirrors.

Moving up to the 1LT adds dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-in touchscreen audio system with MyLink and voice recognition, hidden in-dash storage, premium cloth and faux-leather seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, dash and shifter. Upgrading to the 2LT adds 18-in alloy wheels and the 3.6-liter V6 engine.

The top-of-the-line LTZ brings standard leather seating, remote engine start, a proximity key, heel, a power passenger seat, a chrome-tipped exhaust, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a blind spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning, rear park assist and a backup camera. The 2LZ version of the LTZ comes with the 3.6-liter V6. It's also available with adaptive cruise control, forward-collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, a power moonroof, a navigation system and 19- or 20-in alloy wheels.

The Eco is a limited-production fuel-economy model with electric assist from a 15-hp electric motor/generator and a lithium-ion battery, low-rolling resistance tires, a stop/start system and shutters behind the grille.

Pricing

Well-equipped V6 models will cost more than 4-cylinder versions, but they're worth the extra money. The Impala is a top-selling full-size sedan and with lease returns coming back into the used-car market, so there should be a good supply of pre-owned examples to choose from.

To get an idea of the 2014 Impala's price range, check out KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The NHTSA has announced the following recalls for the 2014 Impala:

On models with ventilated front seats, the front passenger airbag may deploy in a crash with a child seat in the front passenger seat, increasing the risk of injury.

The electric parking brake may not release fully, dragging the rear brakes and increasing the risk of a fire.

The chassis-control module may short out, stalling the engine and increasing the risk of a crash.

The sensing and diagnostic module may have been set at the plant in a mode that will disable the airbags in a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.

The center-console storage compartment door may unlatch in a crash, increasing injury risk.

A poor electrical ground may cause a loss of electric steering assist, sharply increasing low-speed effort and increasing the risk of a crash.

Loose fasteners may cause the steering shaft and gear or the lower control arm and ball joint to separate, causing a loss of control and increased crash risk.

The transmission-shift indicator may disengage from the shift lever and not indicate the actual gear the transmission is in. The car can roll away if not actually in the Park position.

The brake lamps may flash intermittently without the brakes being applied, confusing following drivers and increasing the risk of a crash.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they'll fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The NHTSA gave the 2014 Impala a 5-star overall rating, with five stars for frontal and side impacts and four for rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Impala a Good rating for moderate-overlap front and side impacts.

General Motors covered the 2014 Impala with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.

Chevrolet certified pre-owned (CPO) cars cannot have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be 5 years old or less. Every CPO Impala undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus whatever remains on the transferable, original 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Ford Taurus -- Ford's biggest car is available with a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder that achieves 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy, plus a standard 288-hp 3.5-liter V6 and the 365-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo SHO V6. The Taurus boasts the biggest trunk in the segment at 20.1 cu ft., but the interior is not overly spacious. It's available with front- or all-wheel drive.

2014 Volkswagen Passat -- The interior of the U.S.-built Passat is plain-looking but offers a roomy cabin and a large trunk. Engine choices include a 140-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel, a 170-hp 1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder gas engine and a 280-hp 3.6-liter V6.

Autotrader's Advice

After several decades of being the default choice for corporate and rental-car fleets, the completely redesigned 2014 Impala is finally the flagship its position as the largest regular-production Chevrolet sedan would suggest. The roomy, stylish Impala is best experienced in well-equipped LT or range-topping LTZ trim with the brisk-performing 305-hp 3.6 V6. Look for a CPO example, if available, and check with the dealer to make sure that the 2014 Impala you're considering has had all safety-recall items resolved.

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