2001 Chevrolet Impala

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Key Specs

of the 2001 Chevrolet Impala. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    25-26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    180-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2001 Chevrolet Impala Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet rejoined the full-size sedan market for the 2000 model year with the Impala, putting one of its old model names on a new front-drive design. The Impala sedan is a carryover for 2001.

The Monte Carlo shares the Impala’s mechanical design and engines but comes in sportier two-door styling. Chevy dropped out of the full-size segment when it stopped selling the rear-drive Caprice and Impala SS models at the end of the 1996 model year. The midsize Lumina sedan — now sold only to fleet buyers — was Chevy’s largest car until the new Impala arrived in summer 1999.



Exterior
At 200 inches from bumper to bumper, the Impala is actually an inch shorter than the midsize Lumina. However, it is 3 inches longer in wheelbase at 110.5, making it a full-size car by cars.com standards. The Impala is nearly 4 inches shorter than the front-drive Dodge Intrepid and about a foot shorter than the rear-drive Ford Crown Victoria, two key rivals.

Styling on the Impala bears some resemblance to Chevy’s midsize Malibu sedan from the front and side. The Impala’s rear has a more dramatic appearance from a full-width panel that encloses round taillamps, a styling touch from years ago.



Interior
With an interior volume of 104.5 cubic feet and a 17.6-cubic-foot trunk, the Impala ranks as a full-size car under the EPA’s measurements. The Lumina, by comparison, has 100.5 cubic feet of interior space and a 15.5-cubic-foot trunk.

The base Impala comes with a spl...
Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet rejoined the full-size sedan market for the 2000 model year with the Impala, putting one of its old model names on a new front-drive design. The Impala sedan is a carryover for 2001.

The Monte Carlo shares the Impala’s mechanical design and engines but comes in sportier two-door styling. Chevy dropped out of the full-size segment when it stopped selling the rear-drive Caprice and Impala SS models at the end of the 1996 model year. The midsize Lumina sedan — now sold only to fleet buyers — was Chevy’s largest car until the new Impala arrived in summer 1999.



Exterior
At 200 inches from bumper to bumper, the Impala is actually an inch shorter than the midsize Lumina. However, it is 3 inches longer in wheelbase at 110.5, making it a full-size car by cars.com standards. The Impala is nearly 4 inches shorter than the front-drive Dodge Intrepid and about a foot shorter than the rear-drive Ford Crown Victoria, two key rivals.

Styling on the Impala bears some resemblance to Chevy’s midsize Malibu sedan from the front and side. The Impala’s rear has a more dramatic appearance from a full-width panel that encloses round taillamps, a styling touch from years ago.



Interior
With an interior volume of 104.5 cubic feet and a 17.6-cubic-foot trunk, the Impala ranks as a full-size car under the EPA’s measurements. The Lumina, by comparison, has 100.5 cubic feet of interior space and a 15.5-cubic-foot trunk.

The base Impala comes with a split, front bench seat for six-passenger capacity. The LS model adds front bucket seats and a split, rear seatback that folds for additional cargo room. Both models have large, easy-to-use controls that are well lit at night, and wide, tall doors that allow easy entry and exit.



Under the Hood
Base Impalas use a 180-horsepower 3.4-liter V-6 engine that provides decent acceleration, and the LS has a 200-hp 3.8-liter V-6 that is quieter and delivers stronger acceleration and more enthusiastic passing power. Both engines team with a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.



Safety
Standard safety features include a side-impact airbag for the driver, antilock brakes, all-speed traction control and a tire-inflation monitor. Daytime running lamps also are standard.



Driving Impressions
The Impala LS comes with a strong engine, athletic handling (and a ride that might be too firm for some), and a comprehensive list of convenience and safety features. The base model is softer, not as quick and more basically furnished. Both are roomy, competent and reasonably priced, but the abundance of flimsy plastic trim makes the interiors feel chintzy.

 
Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car i owed

by JJonesChevyQueen from Anderson In. on September 29, 2018

This car met my needs 4 doors and great for a second car! Extra leg room huge truck and I?m a Die hard Chevrolet customer this is my 3 Impala Read full review

(5.0)

Best car our family has had

by Babymarley from Anderson on August 9, 2018

My grandma has had an 01 for 17 years and its out lasted every one of our other cars i love it because if you have a big family its a affordable and comfortable car i would recommend this car to any ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Chevrolet Impala currently has 10 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Impala received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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