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The 2017 Chevrolet Impala is one of GM's longest-running sedans, a car Americans have come to trust generation after generation. Although competition in the large-sedan market includes equally storied names such as the Toyota Avalon and the Ford Taurus, the Impala holds its own with aggressive styling, a feature-rich option list and a choice of an economical 4-cylinder or a potent 6-cylinder engine. Toss in strong resale and reliability ratings, a massive dealer network and competitive pricing, and Chevrolet's sedan make a compelling argument why foreign-car buyers might want to consider coming back home.

What's New for 2017?

The Impala makes only minor changes for 2017, most notably the changing of the LTZ name to Premier. Some new colors and a consolidation of the LT options round out the changes. Last year's bifuel gasoline/compressed-natural-gas option is dropped.

What We Like

Stylish design; roomy interior; huge trunk; excellent ride; modern technology; V6 option for all trim levels

What We Don't

Poor rear visibility; busy button-filled cabin; loud tire noise with 20-inch wheels

How Much?

$28,175-$42,000

Fuel Economy

The 2017 Impala offers two engine choices. The LS and LT trims use a 197-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 191 lb-ft of torque. Only offered with front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission, it returns up to 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

Drivers looking for more power can upgrade to a 305-hp 3.5-liter V6. That engine is also offered solely with front-wheel drive and boasts fuel-economy ratings as high as 18 mpg city/28 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

The Impala offers three basic trim levels: LS, LT and Premier. LS and LT models come standard with the 4-cylinder, while the V6 is optional for all three trims.

The base-level Impala LS ($28,175) is the most sparsely equipped. It includes a 4-cylinder engine, automatic headlights, power accessories, USB/iPod connectivity, GM's OnStar telematics system with in-car Wi-Fi, air conditioning, Bluetooth, a power driver's seat, a 4.2-in center screen, satellite radio, cruise control and steel wheels with hubcaps.

Step up to an Impala LT ($30,440), and you'll get 18-in alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with an 8-in touchscreen and app capability, voice controls and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Drivers can also upgrade to the V6 engine for just under $1,000 extra.

Topping the Impala line is the luxurious Premier ($36,520). In addition to a standard V6, it touts rear parking sensors, a backup camera, a remote ignition, dual power front seats, leather upholstery, heated front seats, 19-in alloy wheels and safety options such as rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning and a blind spot monitoring system.

The Impala also offers a long list of optional extras, including a power sunroof, adaptive cruise control, automatic forward collision braking, 20-in alloy wheels, a Bose audio system, a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats.

Safety

The 2017 Chevrolet Impala comes standard with all the usual features: side-curtain airbags, front-side airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control. It also offers a few others, such as traction control, front-knee airbags and GM's OnStar telematics system, which offers stolen-vehicle tracking and remote door unlocking. As for safety-related options, the Impala also offers a long list: There's a backup camera, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, a blind spot monitoring system, forward collision alert and automatic forward-collision braking.

In government crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the latest Impala earned a 5-star overall rating. That score comprised two 5-star tests -- front-impact and side-impact -- along with a 4-star rating in the government's rollover assessment. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet completed its assessment of the Impala.

Behind the Wheel

For a large family sedan, the Impala is effortless to drive. Strong acceleration gives the Impala V6 the fortitude required to negotiate city traffic, merge onto freeways with the flow of traffic and climb mountain grades, all while returning better than 20 mpg on average.

The Impala's electric steering offers pleasing heft regardless of vehicle speed and crisp response when bending the Impala into a curve or turning into a parking space. Given that it's the same system as found in the Camaro but recalibrated for the full-size Chevy sedan, perhaps this comes as no surprise. Suspension tuning provides a deft blend of ride smoothness and handling prowess -- and while the Impala is not a sport sedan, it can cover ground at a rapid pace on twisty roads.

Chevrolet could improve the new Impala with regard to the 6-speed automatic transmission. We found that it stumbled on occasion, especially when driving in the mountains. A manual-shift button is provided at the top of the gear selector, but it's unsatisfying to use despite the fact that it matches engine revs when downshifting.

Impala Premier models equipped with the optional 20-in aluminum wheels sure look terrific, but there is a penalty to be paid in terms of ride quality and interior noise. So equipped, more of the road texture is delivered to the cabin, sometimes rudely, as in the case of traveling over a pothole. The 20-in tires also create more road noise.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 Ford Taurus -- The Taurus offers impressive gas mileage and handling, including the option of all-wheel drive and the high-performance SHO model. But the Taurus is smaller than the Impala, and the design is much older.

2017 Hyundai Azera -- The recently redesigned Hyundai Azera offers powerful engines, high-tech gadgets and a long list of features, both standard and optional. It also comes standard with a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.

2017 Toyota Avalon -- Toyota's full-size Avalon sedan offers excellent refinement and legendary build quality, as well as a fuel-efficient hybrid variant.

Used Cadillac XTS -- If you like the Impala's size and equipment but not its mainstream Chevy badge, consider the more upscale Cadillac XTS. It's better-looking than the Impala and better-appointed, but its base price tag of around $45,000 means you may want to consider a used model.

Autotrader's Advice

We like the Impala for its dynamic driving experience, its highly competitive cabin materials and its long list of standard and optional features. If we were choosing one, it would have to be an LT model equipped with a few of the safety gadgets from the upscale Premier. That way, you wouldn't break the bank with features you don't need, but you'd still have all the necessities, including modern safety technology and Chevrolet's excellent MyLink infotainment system. If you can swing the extra money, the V6 is so much better than the standard 4-cylinder and gets nearly the same highway fuel economy.

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