2012 Chevrolet Impala

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$25,760

starting MSRP

2012 Chevrolet Impala
2012 Chevrolet Impala

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance potential
  • Interior space
  • Gas mileage

The bad:

  • Noticeable wind noise at highway speeds
  • Large blind spot
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LS

    $25,760

  • LT

    $27,285

  • LTZ

    $30,300

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2012 Chevrolet Impala trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New standard 300-hp V-6 with flex-fuel capability
  • New six-speed automatic transmission
  • Seats five or six, depending on configuration
  • Standard side curtain and side-impact airbags
  • Standard Bluetooth cellphone connectivity

2012 Chevrolet Impala review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Impala is Chevrolet’s full-size sedan. Three trim levels are available: LS, LT and LTZ. Impalas compete with the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon.

New for 2012
The biggest change for 2012 is the introduction of a new standard drivetrain that features a 300-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine can run on regular gas or E85 ethanol.

Other changes include subtle exterior enhancements like standard dual exhaust tips, a new grille and an updated rear look that includes a standard spoiler on LT models. Inside, LT and LTZ models add a leather shift knob, and the LT also gets folding rear seats. Carpeted floormats, Bluetooth cellphone connectivity and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls are standard.

Exterior
The Impala has a somewhat rounded shape for a sedan, with large, swept-back headlights as its distinguishing characteristic. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels; 17- or 18-inch wheels available
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power sunroof

Interior
The available flip-and-fold rear-seat cushions reveal a covered storage area and include grocery bag hooks, and the rear seatback folds down to create an opening to the trunk. GM’s OnStar communication system is standard, and the Directions and Connections service that gives audio turn-by-turn directions from an OnStar operator is free for six months. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth seats; leather optional
  • Available heated front seats
  • Standard CD stereo
  • Available Bose stereo
  • Seating for five or six, depending on choice of front seat
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Available remote start

Under the Hood
The Impala has a standard 300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • V-6 features direct injection
  • Four-wheel independent suspension

Safety
Front and rear side curtain airbags and seat belt pretensioners for the front seats are standard. Latch child-seat anchors are found in all second-row seating positions. OnStar includes GM’s Advanced Crash Response System, which makes crash data available to 911 centers. Standard safety features include:

  • Electronic stability system
  • Thorax side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

One flaw

Our Impala has a knocking behind the dash. It even happens with the car off and the keys out. It is quite loud! Don't know what to do!

4.9

This has been one of the nicest cars I've owned

This car has comfort and style and comes with a 3.6 l engine with all sorts of power. This cars gentle at the pump with amazing gas mileage 25 City 32 highway.power,cruise control l,ice Cold Air,great heat.

4.0

Very reliable except keeping air in tires in winte

My only thing that I'm upset about it is it has no Bluetooth in it. Something I wished I would have known. I guess my biggest concern with this car is the rust under my front doors. I purchased it when I was in 2016 and at that time I've requested them to fix it. They didn't they spray-painted it. With that said, a 2016 should not be rusted anywhere.

See all 124 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
36 months/36,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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