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2017 Chevrolet Impala Walk Around


Sharing its foundation with the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet’s Impala displays similar proportions. More restrained up front than other Chevrolet models, it benefits from crisp body lines and a sophisticated overall profile. Even the hood looks clean and invigorating, despite its array of stamped-in lines and ribs.

At the rear is an intricate intersection of surfaces, not unlike that portion of Buick’s LaCrosse. All told, it’s one of GM’s prime examples of intermingling visual details of related models, while keeping the brands clearly distinct from each other.

Interior

More spacious than such competitors as the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera, the Impala has ample room for five and luggage collection, though four might be more comfortable.

Although the sweeping dual-cowl dashboard looks lovely, it suffers from a mishmash of textures, lines, and materials, creating an excessively complex appearance. Shapes are attractive, but the overall execution goes several steps too far.

Front seats provide greater support than nearly all rivals, along with head and leg space that will readily accommodate nearly any body type. The power driver’s seat has an especially broad height range.

Although the back seat is wide, its cushion is low, flat, and a tad short. Even so, headroom is on the tight side, while support could be better. Legroom is quite good throughout the cabin, nearing limousine-level in the rear. Still, some evidence of skimping in the rear compartment can be discerned.

Unlike some comparable full-size sedans, the Impala doesn’t feel as big as its dimensions suggest. Entry/exit is helped by tall, wide doors and well-shaped seats that don’t demand much knee-bending.

Trunk space is bountiful at 18.8 cubic feet, and the cockpit contains plenty of storage bins. Although the trunk is a bit shallow, its flat floor extends a considerable distance forward.

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