2006 Chevrolet Impala LT1 3.5 V6 from North America
A great evolution of a traditional American car
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.