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