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”.