2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ Review: Copious Amounts of Luxury Redefine the Impala Name
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was introduced with an all-new look inside and out – and it needed it. The Impala name was introduced almost 60 years ago and even though there were some years where Chevrolet didn’t offer the Impala, this has long been a popular option in the large car class in America. In the heyday of the big, powerful American cruiser, the Impala was one of the “the cars to have” whether it was a sedan, convertible or hardtop 2-door. From the late 1950s through the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Chevy Impala continued to be a top option among those new car buyers who wanted something big and roomy yet still classier than some of the other big cars on the market in those eras but as the big car died due to rising fuel costs in the 1980s, the Impala died with it. GM would bring the Impala back in the mid 90s as a high performance rear drive sedan that was based on the Chevrolet Caprice but the Impala name disappeared from the lineup as a full scale production model until 1999 – when it returned as a far more pedestrian front wheel drive sedan. It was still big (relative to the rest of the industry) but it was no longer power, it was no longer plush and it was no longer “the car to have”.
General Motors would try to relive some of the old school greatness of the Impala with models like the Impala SS for the 2004 and 2005 model years – and again with the introduction of the 9th generation Impala in 2006. GM went so far as to bring back the V8 engine option for the Impala SS starting in 2006 but it was still front wheel drive and in all fairness, it was better known for being an affordable- albeit unexciting – full sized sedan. That didn’t slow sales all that much as the Impala continued to be one of Chevrolet’s top sellers but the modern front wheel drive Impala garnered a reputation as being ideal for rental fleets, police departments and – as mentioned above – old people.
That all changes with the introduction of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala as this beautifully redesigned large sedan sports a stylish exterior, a plush, loaded interior and a drivetrain that does a fine job of balancing power and efficiency. Like the Impalas of yesteryear, the 2014 Impala is a full sized sedan that is meant to provide the feel of a luxury car without the price of the Cadillac brand and while it is still front wheel drive – this is by far and beyond the best overall large sedan Chevy has offered since the glory days of the original Impala.
My 2014 Chevrolet Impala test subject for this review was outfitted with the top of the line 2LTZ trimline which carries a standard price of $35,770. Options on my test car included Adaptive Cruise Control with Imminent Crash Braking (+$1,695), the LTZ Comfort and Convenience package (+1,035), the Chevrolet MyLink Navigation system ($795), the LTZ Premium audio package (+$700) and a set of optional 20 inch aluminum wheels which, when coupled with the base price of the Impala 2LTZ and the $810 destination fee gives us a total price as tested of $41,205. That is a whole lot of money but you have to consider that this car is pretty much as loaded as it gets an in many cases, the features of this particular Impala are more commonly seen from the likes of far more expensive luxury sedans.