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.
The previous few generations of the Chevrolet Impala received less than exciting reviews of the exterior because they exterior was, well, less than exciting. The past 15 years worth of Impala weren’t bad looking cars and that was clear from their annual sales totals, but they really weren’t what you would call stylish, striking or high tech. The 2014 Impala 2LTZ is very styling with high tech attributes and sharpened body lines giving it a very striking look from the front, sides and rear. While the 9th generation Impala which was introduced for the 2006 model year was much nicer looking than the 8th generation Chevy sedan, none of the modern front wheel drive Impalas have offered much in the way of standout styling. On the other hand, the 2014 Impala has sculpting from front to rear which give this new Impala more personality than we have seen from the large Chevy sedan lineup in decades.
Up front, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ features HID projection headlights set in a sharp, angular lens with LED trim accenting the classy look whether it is light out or dark. These headlights flank a bold grille that has a solid gloss black section accented with plenty of chrome trim all around – with more chrome trim in the lower grille opening and along the bottom of the LED driving lights that are mounted in gloss black housings. More importantly, the 2014 Impala has a heavily sculpted front fascia with hard angles running under the headlights that flow into the lower fascia for a very sporty look. Along the bottom of the front fascia is a sculpted area that flares out under the driving lights for a look that is similar to what we see on the 2014 Corvette with subtle air deflectors added towards the outside to improve aerodynamics and complete the sporty look of this new Impala’s front end. Finally, the 2014 Impala has several hard sculpted lines that run front to back on the hood with a raised center section giving the Impala a very muscular look without going too sporty to hurt the luxurious feel of this new sedan.