2015 Chevrolet Impala – Road Test and Review
The Chevrolet Impala is not only one of the most successful cars that General Motors has ever built but it has tremendous staying power. While other successful nameplates were discarded by their manufacturers – think Buick LeSabre, Cadillac Sedan de Ville, Chrysler Imperial – the Impala holds the record for the fourth longest continuous use automobile nameplate in production in the world. Only the Chevrolet Suburban (since 1933), the Ford F-series (since 1948), and the Chevrolet Corvette (since 1953) have been around longer.
Named after the African antelope of the same name, Chevrolet’s full-size and then most expensive passenger model was the best selling automobile in the country in 1965.
Redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Chevy Impala is larger than its predecessor, sharing General Motor’s Epsilon II front-wheel drive platform with the Cadillac XTS. No longer relegated to rental fleets, the Impala is now a top-selling model.
It comes standard with 18” wheels, low-profile HID headlights and LED daytime running lights, with a choice of two engines, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6. A 4.2” color display is standard.
Small touches abound including an opening in the armrest through which one can thread a USB cable to a smartphone and wireless charging (for supported devices) is an option included with the Technology Package. The panoramic moonroof was appreciated by driver and passengers alike and gave the cabin an airy feel.