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2018 Chevrolet Impala Overview
The latest-generation Impala introduced for 2014 has already proven to be a significant improvement over its predecessor, and Chevrolet is content enough with the current model that 2018 doesn’t bring many significant changes. The biggest updates include three new exterior colors—Nightfall Gray Metallic, Graphite Metallic, and Cajun Red—and the addition of keyless ignition and a reversing camera as standard equipment. A Sunroof and Spoiler package has also been introduced, and more standard features have been added to each trim level.
Impala buyers have the choice between a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V6, both of which are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 4-cylinder makes 197 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, while the V6 is much more potent at 305 hp and 264 lb-ft and can hit 60 mph in under 7 seconds. The EPA rates the 4-cylinder model at 22 mpg city, 30 highway, and 25 combined and the V6 at 18, 28, and 22. The engines feel a bit anachronistic compared to the current crop of smaller turbos, but buyers who really want to maximize economy could consider the similarly sized Chevy Malibu. The Impala has struts up front and a multi-link suspension at the rear, and it weighs in at around 3,800 pounds. All trims are front-wheel drive (FWD) and can be ordered with either the V6 or 4-cylinder engine.
For 2018, the base Impala LS trim now comes standard with a movable 8.0-inch touchscreen. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the screen slides upward to reveal an extra USB port and a lockable storage bin. Base models no longer feature solely cloth upholstery but instead the cloth/leatherette combo of mid-range Impalas. The LT trim adds standard LED daytime running lights, and the range-topping Premier now includes navigation, a universal home remote, a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system, wireless device charging, and a 120-volt power outlet. Premier models also receive leather seat upholstery and ambient lighting. A Convenience Package adds a heated steering wheel. All models come with air conditioning, a power-adjustable front seat, and cruise control. Standalone options include 19- or 20-inch wheels, ventilated seats, a power passenger’s seat, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, a sunroof, and navigation.
Cargo space for the Impala stands at an impressive 18.8 cubic feet, and there are a fair number of cubbies, storage bins, and cupholders throughout the cabin. 4-cylinder models feature active noise cancellation, while the more expensive trims come with thicker glass and extra sound-deadening material.
A reversing camera is now standard across the Impala range, and available safety features include blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. In crash testing, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHTSA) gave the 2018 Impala a 5-star overall rating, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2017 model Good scores in all areas except the small frontal-overlap test.
While a basic Impala LS starts at just under $28,000, a Premier model loaded with options can run over $40,000. Competitors include the Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, and Buick Lacrosse. While it’s a clear upgrade over its predecessor, the current Impala still doesn’t rank ahead of any of its competitors and is somewhat lacking in features—especially considering its price. Even so, the 2018 model proves that Chevrolet is attempting to address these shortcomings, with more standard features than ever to help keep it competitive.
Andrew Newton first got into cars through vintage racing a Formula Vee. After receiving history degrees, he followed his passion for cars and became a contributor for sites like Sports Car Digest, BoldRide.com and JamesEdition.com in addition to serving as Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA. Andrew currently covers the collector car market full time as Auction Editor for Hagerty Classic Car Insurance.
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