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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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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Very good , Reliable automobile

by from Walnut Creek, CA on April 1, 2015

I bought the car used at 12000 miles and no have 46000 miles on it The car is VERY comfortable to drive and handles very well on highways and streets. Braking is very good with 4 wheel dic brakes and ...
I bought the car used at 12000 miles and no have 46000 miles on it The car is VERY comfortable to drive and handles very well on highways and streets. Braking is very good with 4 wheel dic brakes and the 3.6 variable valve engine says it is suppose to get 30 mpg on the highway but in reality I constantly get 32 mpg on the freeway and 27 mpg in Californi Commute traffic. Comfort is great and on a hot day the air conditioning will keep you comfortable. The mechanical aspects of the car such as 6 speed auto trans and the Direct injection, variable valve engine , with coil over plug ignition gives you perfect acceleration and not lacking for power when entering the freeway. The airbags keep you safe and plenty of interior room and fold down back seat to make the truck longer for transporting more supplies etc. VERY quiet interior and the Bose stereo is really nice. The main thing is the cost to maintain is very minimum compared to other cars its size . Love to drive this car especially to see the kids as it gets you there without feeling beat up or cramped. .
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2012 LTZ - Love love love this car

by from Valley Center, KS on April 2, 2016

I bought my 2012 LTZ in July of 2013 with 12K on it. It now has 60K and other than an issue with an O2 sensor causing the check engine light to come on, the only thing that I have done to the car is ...
I bought my 2012 LTZ in July of 2013 with 12K on it. It now has 60K and other than an issue with an O2 sensor causing the check engine light to come on, the only thing that I have done to the car is replace the tires. (The tires were good, but I'm not a Goodyear fan, and the more miles I put on it, the noisier they seemed to get). I now run Bridgestone Turanza Serenity tires on it... THEY ARE LIKE GLUE in ice and wet roads!! I commute about 20 miles one way every day into the Wichita Metro and love how this thing will just coast down the freeway at 80 mph like nothing is in it's way! This is my second Impala. I traded in my 05 LS with 178K and the 3.8 V6, this 3.6 V6 has so much more pep than that old 3.8 steady eddy. I have noticed that this car doesn't get as good of gas mileage, however, it's so sporty I like the "rumble" it gives when you really push it!
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excellent car for the money

by from fall river, kansas on November 19, 2013

always been a GM guy but after looking at the 2014 impala deciede on a used one instead. the front end on the 14 is awsome but the rearend is.... well they just blew it.. so we bought a 2012 at a very...
always been a GM guy but after looking at the 2014 impala deciede on a used one instead. the front end on the 14 is awsome but the rearend is.... well they just blew it.. so we bought a 2012 at a very good price and it was gm certified so with the car only having 11,000 miles i have 3 years and 37,000 miles of warranty.would reccomend any one looking for a impala to get a 23 or 13, they don't have headrest in back seat in middleand gives better view.
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A car for a tall guy!

by from Hadley, Mi on December 17, 2013

I am 6-7, and have been searching the internet for a car with leg room. The Sonata was supposed to have the most leg room, but after driving it for an hour, my legs were sore. The dealer suggested the...
I am 6-7, and have been searching the internet for a car with leg room. The Sonata was supposed to have the most leg room, but after driving it for an hour, my legs were sore. The dealer suggested the Impala, after driving it, I was sold. The console is not so huge that it hits me in the leg like most cars. I do not like the exterior styling on the 2012, but the 2014 is nice. Gas mileage for a large car is quite good, around 30 so far, mostly highway. The interior is kinda blah, but the leg room makes it worth it for me.
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