2006 Chevrolet Impala LT1 3.5 V6 from North America


A great evolution of a traditional American car



General Comments:

As an owner of a 2004 Impala, I was curious to see how GM improved on the car. It must be said that I regarded my 04 as the best vehicle I ever owned. That title now goes to the 2006. This is the best driving large American sedan I have ever driven. The overall package works quite well together. The fuel economy exceeds the previous generation, as I have hit a high of 32.5 on the highway. I average about 22 around town. The performance is more than adequate for everyday driving needs. Everything functions as it should from climate controls to switches to sound system. Love the multi-function trip computer.

Now for my wish list:) The side view mirrors need to be larger. Factory leather should be available in all model ranges. Automatic Climate Control should be available in all levels. Why aren't more interior colors available? My 04 had a beautiful blue interior. And last, but not least, I wish they had kept a little of the Impala traditional styling, especially in the rear. The car looks too "Generic McPlainwrap" and resembles a lot of other cars on the road. But to be fair, so do most other cars.

Overall, I am very pleased with my car and will provide regular updates.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2006

5th Dec 2006, 12:32

I appreciate your well-written review. I'm considering the Impala (along with the Buick LaCrosse) as a possible replacement for one of my existing cars. I like the styling of the new Impala better than any since the big rear-drive models of the 90's. As for the wish list, we've never liked the feel of leather seats, so that is not an issue, and the automatic climate control is wonderful if it does not cycle back and forth between the A/C and heater, as our previous Lincoln did. That results in alternating blasts of hot and cold air that is very annoying. I'm not sure if the system on the newer GM cars does that or not.

2006 Chevrolet Impala 3LT 3.9 V6 from North America


Perfect rental for a relaxing holiday


I never got the remote start to work, maybe I did something wrong or it was deactivated? There came no instruction manual with the car so I never found out.

General Comments:

For starters, I'm from Europe, but rented this car in US for my holiday.

The car is very big for European standards, it easily fitted all luggage and the interior is very roomy and comfortable. The seats are very comfy and wide, good support for the legs too. Finding a perfect driving position is easy.

Storage compartments in the car were of adequate size. The armrest provides a lot of space. Storage space in the doors and glove compartment is sufficient.

The dashboard looks OK, a bit dull, but OK. It was squeaking and rattling at times though, that was disappointing.

The layout of all features is good, I didn't need much time to find everything.

The radio is great with very good speakers, it's also very user friendly and with a clear layout on the dash. The controls on the steering wheel could be better.

The car accelerates very quickly at lower speeds, but I think it is rather slow to accelerate at higher speeds. I expected more from a 240HP V6. It was great to drive in the mountains though, we had no trouble at all getting everywhere.

The 3.9 V6 made a very nice noise when idling. I often switched the radio out to enjoy the engine sound, something I never do with my rattling diesel.

The overall mileage was 21.6 mpg which sounds very reasonable to me. The car is big and heavy and 3 passengers with luggage is also a considerable weight. I was positively surprised by the mileage especially since we drove quite a lot in the mountains.

The steering is unresponsive and sluggish, a good car for cruising, but not good for cornering. Great to drive on holiday, but I wouldn't like it at all for my own car.

You need to push very hard on the brake pedal to get reaction. I didn't like that, my own car is completely the opposite, but it was easy to get used to it.

The 4 speed automatic gearbox is really outdated for a new 2006 model. It is good for cruising, but rubbish for sporty driving. It was also constantly shifting back and forth when ascending on mountains.

I like the exterior styling of the new Impala, at least the rear. The front styling is boring. It would be nice that only the exhaust pipes are seen, not the complete exhaust, that would improve the styling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th March, 2006

18th Jun 2007, 07:04

I agree with everything you said. I am an American and a Mercedes E55 Driver, but find myself renting cars on business. I like the Impala. It's comfortable, it has ice cold air conditioning, mp3 player inputs, and it has lots of space. I really couldn't care less what my rental car looks like for styling, I think the interior is a real step up from older Chevys.

2006 Chevrolet Impala rental 3.3 from North America


Good car, but get a back support cushion or bench seats



General Comments:

Generally the car is very good, rides very well and is very quiet. The seats are not comfortable. Whilst on a 200 mile trip my back started aching and it was the same story on the way back - maybe its because my previous seat was in a volvo. I recommend the bench seats, but that costs more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th September, 2005

26th Sep 2005, 22:12

What he means is that he used to have a Volvo, and Volvos are well-known for having very comfortable seats.

26th Dec 2005, 20:19

I just love my Impalla!!! No problems at all so far and the seats seem just fine to me. I have driven mine to Missouri and the trip went without a hitch. It's probably the best car I've had so far.

10th Mar 2007, 03:49

I also experienced the problems with the seats in my 2004 Impala. Take it to an upholstery shop and have them put extra support springs in the seat (I had him double them up). This will keep the seat from sagging and the lumbar support will be in the right place. The problem isn't in the seat back, but in the part you sit on.