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2012 Chevrolet Impala

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

200.4” x 58.7”


Front-wheel drive



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


  • LT


  • LTZ


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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.

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

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

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 4.2
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.2
  • Reliability 4.7
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Most recent consumer reviews


Beautiful Car

I was 10 years old and always wanted a Chevy Impala. I had a 2003 model prior to this one. I bought this 2012 Chevy Impala LT from CarMax. I love the power it has. It's fast!!! The fuel economy is OK I guess. I love the automatic start feature. Before I leave for work I hit the LOCK button twice then hold the circle button on the key fob and it starts right up. It doesn't take long to warm up so all I have to do is turn the key and go. The car shifts like a dream, it shifts like a 6 speed manual but it's an automatic. The interior space it OK not crazy about it but the trunk is big. Mine also has Bluetooth connectivity I hooked my phone up to it so now I get hands free calling. If I have my phone with me and the Bluetooth is on it automatically connects for me. I hit it button on the steering wheel and say a phone number it dials the number I say. It has cruise control. Overall a smooth quiet ride and very reliable. I just love this car. The only problem it gave me so far was the tapping noise from the dash which turned out to be the HVAC door blend actuator which I fixed myself. Thanks Chevrolet for this great product. Hopefully you bring the Impala back.


Great mileage consistant performer, would buy agai

Great milage multiple 500 mile plus tripwith 37 mpg consistently 30 hwy or better, plenty of power, just hang on. No real issues in 140000 not even replace brake pads.


A very reliable sedan

I bought this 2012 Chevy Impala used at a great price in 2019 when it had 92, 000 km. It has an old style classic, smooth ride. The body and chassis are solid with very little rust for a 10 year old car. I have performed only normal maintenance servicing on this car. All components are solid. Acceleration when passing is awesome. I drove across the USA recently in this car with ease.

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Based on the 2012 Chevrolet Impala base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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