2012 Chevrolet Impala
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300 hp & 6 speed auto for 2012

by from St. Louis, MO on December 20, 2012

The new 300 hp engine and 6 speed auto tranny really improved this car. The fact that GM was willing to deal made the decision easy to buy it. We tried to buy a Chrysler 300 that stickered at about th...
The new 300 hp engine and 6 speed auto tranny really improved this car. The fact that GM was willing to deal made the decision easy to buy it. We tried to buy a Chrysler 300 that stickered at about the same price but we could not get within 6 grand of the Impala. Pros: Great acceleration (300 hp) Comfortable (but not like a Lincoln) Blue Tooth cell phone connectivity Auxiliary input on sound system to play from smart phone or mp3 Gas mileage on highway (30 + mpg) Sat. radio Folding rear seat Large trunk with recessed hinges and cargo net Remote start Steering wheel audio and cruise controls Lumbar control on driver's seat (LT model) Cons: (very minor) Small side mirrors that do not fold and reflect dash board lights at night Awkward placement of front cup holders Paid an extra $300 to get color that my wife liked Overall it is a very nice car that is fun to drive with the bigger engine. We do recommend the 2012 Impala to friends and family. We did look at dozens of cars before buying. We eliminated the Optima/Sonata because the front passenger seat is so low it is hard to see over the dash for a short person, however we loved driving it. The 300 and Taurus were too expensive. The lumbar on the driver's seat on the Accord was very uncomfortable. I loved driving the Maxima but the gas mileage on the highway along with the price eliminated it. The Impala was our choice for the above reasons but there is an abundance of really good cars to choose from. So, take your time and have some fun finding your next car!
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Power, Efficiency, Quality

by from Webster, NY on July 27, 2013

Purchased my 2012 Impala LTZ used with 15k to replace my 2000 Impala LS. This 2012 Has more than exceeded my expectations. The direct injected 3.6L V6 (standard on 12-13's) which is featured in a slew...
Purchased my 2012 Impala LTZ used with 15k to replace my 2000 Impala LS. This 2012 Has more than exceeded my expectations. The direct injected 3.6L V6 (standard on 12-13's) which is featured in a slew of other newer GM vehicles is simply an incredible engine. Paired with the 6-Speed Auto I consistently average 30-34 mpg at 60-65 mph (and its rated at 302hp). I love the Bose audio system (standard in LTZ) 18in rims, etc. This car is a hidden gem that is overlooked due to its 'rental car' perception. So happy I made the purchase!
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Good family sedan

by from Bowling Green, KY on April 9, 2012

I bought this car a month ago because my father in law has the Chevy employee discount. I am a Ford guy at heart, but they wouldn't match the price so I bought the Impala. I have not been disappointed...
I bought this car a month ago because my father in law has the Chevy employee discount. I am a Ford guy at heart, but they wouldn't match the price so I bought the Impala. I have not been disappointed. Although the car is not overly fancy or as nice to look at as some of it's competitors, with the rebates and employee discount I really walked out with a heck of a deal. After driving it for a month I really like the get up and go this car has, as well as the refinement it has when punching the skinny pedal. The transmission shifts nicely, although sometimes it hunts for a gear a little to long for my liking. The front seats are spacious for a guy 6'3", but haven't had many backseaters so I can't say about the rear seat leg room behind me. The Bluetooth works well, and all of the controls are easy to reach and positioned well. The interior feels kinda cheap for a car in this class, but I also paid about 4 grand less so I don't complain to much. Overall I would buy this car again for the same price, but of money was no object I would upgrade to another in it's class.
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Another great American Product!

by from Louisville, KY on May 23, 2012

When Someone hit me in my old car and totaled it, I had no idea what I wanted. My father in-law told me about his impala and how much he loved it. Well, that almost turned me off to it instantly haha....
When Someone hit me in my old car and totaled it, I had no idea what I wanted. My father in-law told me about his impala and how much he loved it. Well, that almost turned me off to it instantly haha. I went to check it out and later bought the SS version. I got a bunch of garbage from my buddies who instead of family sedans, bought family SUV's. When I blew one of my friend's 5.0 mustangs out of the water, the teasing stopped. For a sedan, it really is a kick butt car.
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My fifth Impala

by from Loudon, TN on March 27, 2012

This is my fifth Impala and each one has been good with steady improvements in amenities. I drove this car before I bought it. It handles well, has good visibility in all directions. The 6 speed trans...
This is my fifth Impala and each one has been good with steady improvements in amenities. I drove this car before I bought it. It handles well, has good visibility in all directions. The 6 speed transmission performs well, but does have a tendency to be slow to downshift when necessary. Good electronics. This one is the LT, which is what I have bought in past years. Good value for the price.
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Getting it righter by the year!

by from Detroit, MI on May 27, 2012

Great cruiser - this year with 300hp and great 6 speed auto transmission. Huge trunk unencumbered by the newer style space encroaching hinges. Low final drive ratio lets the engine lope along at freew...
Great cruiser - this year with 300hp and great 6 speed auto transmission. Huge trunk unencumbered by the newer style space encroaching hinges. Low final drive ratio lets the engine lope along at freeway cruising speeds - supposed to get 30 hwy - mine's too new too tell for sure yet - but looks promising!
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love it

by from austin tx on September 24, 2013

I have a fully loaded impala and love every minute in it remote start and sun roof sure do come in handy especially with the Texas heat
I have a fully loaded impala and love every minute in it remote start and sun roof sure do come in handy especially with the Texas heat
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Great Value

by from St Louis on May 11, 2013

So happy I bought this car. i was swayed by thr rebates, but it has more than exceeded my expectations. I will be driving Impala's for years to come.
So happy I bought this car. i was swayed by thr rebates, but it has more than exceeded my expectations. I will be driving Impala's for years to come.
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2012 IMPALA

by from Spartanburg,SC on February 7, 2013

I purchased as a sales Vehicle. I looked at every comparable vehicle on the market, before going with the implala. This car takes a huge hit in the value and I was able to purchase with 27,000 miles j...
I purchased as a sales Vehicle. I looked at every comparable vehicle on the market, before going with the implala. This car takes a huge hit in the value and I was able to purchase with 27,000 miles just over $14,000. I average 28 mpg, the car is comfortable, in no way "Flashy", and has great options for the money. The Bluetooth works great, no one ever says they cannot hear me. If your ok with owning a true Rental Car, you will have a great value that should deliever many worry free miles. (My 08 Chevy Silverado has 198,000 miles and less than $1500 in repair cost)
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what a car

by from Charlotte, NC on October 7, 2012

I recently purchased the 2012 Impala LS as an off lease car. The deal I got was unbelievable. I just returned from a 1200 mile trip with my wife. The car got 33+ mpg on the hwy at 75-80 mph with the a...
I recently purchased the 2012 Impala LS as an off lease car. The deal I got was unbelievable. I just returned from a 1200 mile trip with my wife. The car got 33+ mpg on the hwy at 75-80 mph with the air on. From a stand still the acceleration is stunning for a big car. In my view GM could have done a much better job with little extras in the interior. The seats are not as comfortable as my 2000 Lesabre and interior lighting is minimal for nightime. Larger frt map lights, lighted visors and light sensing inside mirror would have been simple improvements. A passenger seat that tilts, alleviating the need for a pillow under your legs, would have been smart. I felt like the doors didn't feel sturdy when closing them. Overall, I love my new car and would buy another if I could.
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