Where am I?

Yes…if you were plopped down into the drivers’ seat…or any one of the other four seats in the ’14 Chevy Impala, you might ask the same question…”Where am I ?”

Fair question….as the new Chevy Impala will no longer be remembered as a rental car.  It’s now a vehicle to which to aspire.   And for good reason.

Chevy’s new Impala has a bold and muscular fastback design…along with a vastly improved interior…and class-leading ride and handling as part of the package.

As either driver or passenger, were it not for the rather plastic-looking imitation wood trim, you might think you were in a Lexus.

The new Impala is a quiet, composed and well-controlled delight to drive.

6.8 seconds zero to 60 with handling and braking to match.   Impressive.

And quiet.  It’s an unexpected pleasure to take a road trip over every kind of pavement…in all kinds of weather…and never have to raise your voice to talk to your co-pilot.

We tested a top-of-the-line 2LTZ Impala with every available option and still came in under 40K.

The 2LTZ comes with GM’s proven and powerful 3.8 liter V-6…pretty much the same engine that powers the Camaro and the Cadillac CTS among others.

It’s got a healthy 300+ HP, and with it’s 6-speed auto, still gets an EPA rated 21 MPG city and 31 hwy.   We got a little over 28 on a road trip…let’s just say making the best possible time that we could.   I’ve got a 10-year-old 4-cylinder economy car that couldn’t do better…and couldn’t carry half the load that the Impala can.

If you haven’t been shopping lately, know this:   They make really good cars today…much better than just a few years ago…and the new Impala is proof.

People seem to love it, too.   The new Impala, after a year on the road now, still draws stares and smiles.

You can get a new Impala for as little as $27,679 including transportation.   It’ll come with a four-cylinder and 6-speed auto and little else…but you’ll have acres of space…real 5-passenger seating with a huge 18.8 cu ft trunk and impressive 25 city / 35 highway numbers.

But it’s the top-of-the-line 1 and 2 LTZ’s that really showcase the new Impala.

19 or 20” alloys, perforated heated leather seating with contrasting piping, heated steering wheel, HID headlights with LED daytime running lights, ice-blue interior ambient lighting, forward collision warning, lane-departure, side blind-zone and cross-traffic warning…and a dual-pane sunroof in the “2”.

One beef….needlessly complicated radio.   Come on guys…………..

And a couple of very nice touches.   One, a “secret” hidden compartment behind the dash video monitor.    Hit a button and it opens up to accommodate cell phones, wallets or small purses…then closes…leaving not a clue.

And then there’s the On-Star Remote Link….which is included for 5 years…even if you don’t opt to continue with the paid On-Star subscription.

With your factory-installed remote-start, you can still turn your vehicle on to pre-heat or cool…or just beep it to find your vehicle in a crowded parking lot…for no additional cost for 5 full years.

Sized and priced to compete with 300’s, Tauruses, and Avalons, the Impala should have no problem distinguishing itself.

And hey…if you want to aim higher and compare the new Impala against a few category-leading high-end imports, have fun….and enjoy the 20 – 30K savings!



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