2017 Chevrolet Impala 1LT 2.5 four cylinder from North America
I could live with this vehicle, as long it remained reliable over the long haul
This car has a loose interior; over large bumps the whole interior shudders, almost like a single unit; you can hear it banging back and forth against the car metal.
The video display reacts slowly.
There was a bothersome rattle from the driver's side door innards.
Consumer Reports said this car was among the best-riding cars they've tested and among the quietest. I found the latter is true, but IMHO the former is not. This Impala LT (50 series rubber on 18" rims) has a superficially smooth ride over average-quality roads with lumpy/segmented pavement, but sharp bumps crash through with a flimsy shuddering sound (loose interior pieces) in the passenger compartment. The roar from coarse pavement is not well suppressed and resonates in the cabin. The engine is well-muffled (electronic noise cancellation) and can only be heard as leakage from outside through the closed windows. Wind noise is almost totally absent, as well.
The 4-cylinder engine has an amazing amount of power and smoothness; I never wanted for the V6. The handling was poised, with no discernible sway/lean/dive/squat, and the suspension's performance was unflappable on the curvy, wavy stuff. I just wished GM used 60 or 70 series rubber to take the edge off of those sharper bump impacts.
The seating was supportive and comfortable over the long haul, at least for the driver's seat with its power-adjustments and variable lumbar support. Entry and egress for this tall person, were vastly superior to the late model Passat I tried. With the driver's seat elevated as far as it would go, I didn't have to squat much to enter the car. With the driver's seat in its elevated and rearmost position, I could sit in the back seat with at least 3" of space between the driver's seat back and my knees. However, my head bumped into the ceiling unless I ducked or slouched.
The driver's outward visibility was strictly average, the rear-view camera display is an essential tool to avoid a collision with another parked car, as the mirrors have a limited field of view.
In summary, I admired the neutral drivability and serenity of this vastly improved Impala, I consider it the best performing value among its peers (Chrysler 300, VW Passat, Toyota Avalon) and could recommend it with comparatively minor reservations.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 18th March, 2019
18th Mar 2019, 21:45
You've only put 52 miles on it?
No wonder it's so reliable...
19th Mar 2019, 18:12
I actually spend more time waxing my cars for car shows than ever fueling them up annually. Quite a few others I know do as well. No issues either.
24th Mar 2019, 04:03
The basic Impala chassis is a polished product. It drives well.
And the base 4 cylinder engine seems to provide decent acceleration.
As you say, hopefully it remains reliable.
24th Mar 2019, 18:06
The 4-cylinder engine has "an amazing amount of power" yet the reviewer gives performance a 5/10 rating, go figure.
31st Mar 2019, 03:47
This car runs an 85 MPH 1/4 mile. 1/4 mile terminal speed is a good indicator of horsepower at the wheels. While that time is very average these days, there was a time where only the hottest vehicles could turn those times.
I'm talking about the Mid/Late 70s. Examples -
- At the low end -
-- 1975 Ford Granada (250 I-6) = 62 MPH
-- 1975 Buick Century (231 V-6) = 62 MPH
- At the high end -
-- 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am (400 V-8) = 82 MPH
-- 1977 Dodge Monaco Police Pursuit (440 V-8) = 88 MPH.
These days, most vehicles run the 1/4 with a terminal speed of greater than 80 MPH. Mid-80s ain't bad for a entry-level family sedan - especially when you see where we came from ;)
20th Sep 2019, 13:32
18" wheels are a problem on many cars. They require tires with small sidewall and ride poorly on rough pavement. Mind you, it's strictly a marketing gimmick, just like the "double exhaust" on the higher trims. Not only people pay more for these useless options, they also spend more when it's time to replace them.
As for the tires, you can try see if you can fit 17" wheels over the front calipers, and use a tire with a higher sidewall - it will cause the speedometer to indicate a lower than the actual speed, but you will gain much in ride comfort. You don't need to stick with the recommended tire size, as long as it fits inside the fender and doesn't rub in tight turns - other than the speedometer thing.