The 302hp 2012 Chevy Impala to yield 30mpg
When the 2012 Chevy Impala moves away from the current 3.5L and 3.9L V6 engines to the powerful new 3.6L, the jump from 211/230 to 302 horsepower will be a welcomed improvement for the full sized sedan. However, with fuel economy being as important as (if not more than) horsepower to many buyers in the large sedan segment, the news of the 3.6L V6 featuring an impressive 30 miles per gallon on the highway could really help the Impala compete in the segment. When the power numbers for the new Impala engine option were originally announced, it was speculated that the 3.6L-powered Chevy Impala would get 27mpg on the open road and 17 around town. However, based on the new ratings from the EPA – the 2012 Chevrolet Impala will beat both of those numbers with 30 on the highway and 18mpg around town.
The 3.6L V6 featured in the 2012 Chevrolet Impala has made its rounds through the General Motors lineup with great success – including helping to make the new Chevrolet Camaro the bestselling car in its class. This engine has already proven to be a popular choice in the likes of the Cadillac CTS family, the Buick LaCrosse and a variety of other Chevrolet products so a turn in the Impala is long overdue. The full sized sedan market has gotten incredibly tight with the Impala going head to head with other front wheel drive sedans from Japan and Europe, so being able to boast 30mpg while packing over 300 horsepower should definitely help the Impala to maintain its spot among the heavy hitters in this segment.
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