2018 Chevrolet Impala Walk Around

The Impala attempts to be muscular with its chiseled lines. Its proportions are similar to the Buick Lacrosse and Cadillac XTS, but the Caddy pulls it off best, with the Buick second.

However the Impala profile is sophisticated and the lines fairly crisp. The hood is invigorating, with stamped lines and ribs. The rear is an intricate intersection of surfaces, distinct from the Lacrosse and XTS.


The Impala is more spacious than the Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera, with ample room for five people and a their luggage if it’s not too much, in a sizeable trunk that’s 18.8 cubic feet. However the Impala doesn’t feel as big as other full-size cars.

The shape of the sweeping dual-cowl dashboard is lovely, but it’s ruined by a complex and heavy-handed mishmash of textures, lines, and materials. There are lots of storage bins in the cabin. The audio system has a hidden storage compartment behind the LCD screen. GM’s OnStar system includes a WiFi hotspot.

Support in the front seats is about the best in class, while there’s enough headroom and legroom for tall people. The power driver’s seat has an especially broad height range.

Although the back seat is wide and well shaped, the bottom cushion is low, flat, and a bit short. Yet headroom is still a bit tight, and the seat support could be better. Legroom is near limousine-level, while entry and exit is made easier by doors that are tall and wide.

As for cabin silence, the four-cylinder models include active noise cancellation, while upper trim levels are fitted with additional sound deadening and thicker glass.

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