The 2014 Chevrolet Impala: Returning As The Brand’s Luxury Flagship

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The 2014 Impala rides on 18-inch, 19-inch or 20-inch wheels, depending on the trim level selected. Each Impala is reinforced with a front strut tower for ride-and-handling stiffness. Moreover, each of the fullsize Chevys are outfitted with a rebound strut, which provides better control. The fullsize Impala seems to find the perfect balance. The ride isn’t too firm like a number of imports we’ve driven nor does it ride like the luxury vehicles of yesterday that floated like a boat. With the 2014 Impala, Chevy has managed to find the perfect balance, as it relates to the ride. While driving the vehicle on the twisty hilly roads outside of San Diego, California, we found that the vehicle adequately gripped the roads, while soaking up every curve.

Engine Choices:

The 2014 Impala is available with either a 4-cylinder or a 6-cylinder engine. The 4-cylinder engine spurts out 195 horses from underneath the hood, while the 3.6-liter engine pushed out 305 horses. The 6-cylinder engine was quite impressive, while rolling through the twisty, curvy roads outside of San Diego.

The brand’s signature Ecotec engine is coming later this year, offering a 2.4-liter hybrid-like engine, which is expected to achieve 35-mpg of highway driving. The only other vehicle that offers a hybrid engine in the large car segment is the Toyota Avalon.

Warranty

Chevy offers the typical new car bumper-to-bumper warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles. The powertrain warranty covers owners for 5 years or 100,000 miles.

Early Quirks

The Impala lacks lateral support in the driver’s seat. And the rear seat headrests aren’t designed for comfort, but it seems to meet safety standards.

Early Verdict

Chevy’s large, big body sedan has truly become the brand’s flagship vehicle, offering style, high-tech safety features and an upscale interior. In addition to the standout interior and exterior design, Chevy’s flagship vehicle offers loads of leg room and rear cargo space, too. While the folks at Chevy won’t reveal how many vehicles they plan on selling to retail consumers, they do know that fewer of the 2014 Impalas will end up on rental car lots. But, by all accounts, Chevy should have a hit on their hands. The vehicle offers a variety of trim levels to meet the needs of today’s price conscious consumers. We will just sit back and see how many new-vehicle sales they rack-up.

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Jeff Fortson is an auto analyst and editor of a car-buying website for women and minorities. To learn more about his popular car-buying workshop and/or to price a new-vehicle, drive on over to JeffCars.com. Follow him at twitter/jeffcars.

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