2012 Chevrolet Impala from North America
Hohum design, dangerous engineering
Did have any failures, just design flaws (see below).
Had this car 2 months as a rental. It is a comfortable ride, with controls that are easy to find. A bit of a blind spot, but that is the only negative I can find there. I didn't have a problem with the interior design or comfort. Mine was white, and I had trouble finding it in a parking lot, because it looked like every other sedan out there. If you want to blend in, this is the car for you.
I had an issue with the drivability. Specifically, there is a terrible lag when you press the gas pedal, enough to get you killed in an emergency situation. I think this must be the result of the electronic throttle. I would never buy this car for this reason. This made it hard to drive in city traffic with aggressive drivers. When I had to accelerate quickly, there was a delay, then it would shoot off almost out of control. Go back to the manual throttle, so much safer. I also didn't like the steering, made me wonder if this had some sort of electronic steering as well. It seemed to drift all the time, and had no road feel.
Overall, I was glad to turn this car in; I felt like it was a fatal accident waiting to happen.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th November, 2012
I'm in an Impala rental right now while my car's in the body shop. I was in a 2011 Jetta rental, but Enterprise called me up one day and told me they sold it, and that I had to exchange it for another. So I chose the Impala.
It's much softer than the Jetta, but the one I'm in doesn't have the lag in acceleration. I've actually been pretty impressed with the performance (it seems slightly faster than the Jetta that had an automated manual transmission and an inline 5). It's certainly not "sports sedan" responsive.
I wonder if your car needed a software update or something. I really do hate electronic throttles though. I have been in cars that lagged like that yours did, and it's infuriating (and dangerous) when you need the power.