Let me say, I was not expecting to be won over by an Impala! I'm in my younger 30's, I'm 6'5 and I drool over the Camaro. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised when the dealer handed me the keys...
Let me say, I was not expecting to be won over by an Impala! I'm in my younger 30's, I'm 6'5 and I drool over the Camaro. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised when the dealer handed me the keys to a 2014 Impala after they had to keep my wife's car for repairs.
I looked at the car, and did a double take. It's a beautiful car. I don't care much for the rear character line, or the rear lights, but the general shape of the car is beautiful. Its hood and front fascia are downright sexy. Its sleek greenhouse is striking. The thing has instant presence.
And it only gets better when you open the door. I have very long legs, so I squeeze myself in between the seat and the steering wheel, and think "here we go again, my knees will become well acquainted with the dash as always." Boy was I wrong. I could have watched a movie by the time the seat actually stopped moving. It just keeps going and going. Seriously, it was the first car I've ever driven, where I put the seat all the way back and then moved it forward some, not just some, probably a good 3 inches!
Now I had the base model (I presume LS, but there was no trim identifier on the car). So I didn't have all the amenities with which I've become acquainted, such as leather seats, climate control, etc. But I was stricken by the beauty and quality of the interior. And it was gray. The Impala was the first car I've ever seen that made me not want to submerge the interior in ANY other color paint. Don't get me wrong, it's still boring by comparison to other possible options (I later discovered that the showroom had one with a black and beige interior, and it was orders of magnitude hotter than any interior I have ever seen) but it was beautiful even though it was gray!
The seats were comfortable, the ride was amazingly quiet (even with the four banger) and very smooth. It glided over every imperfection. It felt downright luxurious. I can't imagine how that sweet interior with leather seats would look from the front seat, but even with the basics I was slobbering pretty rabidly over a full-size sedan (crazy, I know).
Unfortunately it was under-powered (but come on let's blame the culprit--government cafe standards). I'm sure the V6 would be more than adequate. I was surprised by the quietness of the car and the fact that I could barely hear the engine even when it was straining. It downshifted more than I'd like (but I live around lots of hills on the west side of Cincinnati). But even so it didn't sound obnoxious, I could barely hear it. It moved well, accelerated decently considering the engine, and was a real joy to drive.
I wasn't crazy about the way the music controls work, they could take a little getting used to (I didn't have the touch screen interface though, so maybe it's different with the better system on the higher trim levels).
Other than that, I was amazed by the limmo-like dimensions of the interior, its incredibly smooth ride, its light but responsive steering, the comfortable seats, the beautiful interior, and the striking presence of the exterior. It is a stunning car.
It was such a joy to drive and so comfortable that it is very likely to be my next car (that depends on whether I have a family of four or five when it comes time to replace my current car--it's the Impala if there's another child and a Camaro if there's not.)
I know two COMPLETELY different cars, but I love them almost equally for very different reasons! That should tell you something about this Impala. It simply rocks!