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2019 Chevrolet Impala Overview
Back in the ‘60s, the Chevrolet Impala was the best-selling automobile in the United States. Today’s tenth generation Impala, which came out in 2014, lives in a very different world. Tastes have shifted to SUVs and there’s a lot more competition from abroad. Perhaps as a result, it goes into 2019 with only a handful of changes. These changes include expanded availability of a black cloth/synthetic leather interior combination and fewer exterior colors available. The 2019 Chevy Impala is available in LS, LT, and Premier trims.
The Base LS Impala, as well as the LT model, is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 197 horsepower, manages 22 mpg city, 29 highway, and 25 combined, and comes with active noise cancellation to keep things from getting too buzzy in the cabin. The Premier model gets a much punchier V-6 that makes 305 hp and manages 19 mpg city, 28 highway, and 22 combined between fill-ups. The only available transmission is a 6-speed automatic. The Impala is front-wheel drive (FWD) only.
For 2018, Chevrolet upgraded the upholstery of the base LS trim; it no longer has cloth only, but a cloth and synthetic leather combination instead. All Impala models also get a motorized 8.0-inch touchscreen over a hidden storage bin and a huge center console. There are also additional handy bins and cubbies for storage. The LT model adds remote start and LED running lights, while the range-topping Impala Premier gets leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a better Bose stereo, a sunroof, navigation, 19-inch wheels, and wireless-device charging. A power-adjustable steering wheel and ventilated seats are other available extras. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Trunk space is a decent 18.8 cubic feet, which is a bit shy of the rival Ford Taurus, and four to five adults will fit in the passenger area just fine.
The 2018 Chevy Impala earned top Good results in most Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests, but it doesn’t get Top Safety Pick status, thanks to its score in the tricky small overlap test. Given how few changes Chevy made to the 2019 Impala, these ratings are expected to carry over. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), meanwhile, gives the 2019 five out of five stars overall. A reversing camera was made standard for 2018 -- and the 2019 Impala can have adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, and blind-spot monitors as additional features. There aren’t many lower-priced full-size sedans on the market anymore, so while the Impala does look and feel a bit dated in spots, there isn’t much competition.
Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.
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