Now in its third year since its GM re-invention, the 2016 Chevrolet Impala has everything one could want in a large sedan – space, comfort and technology. However, it’s also a beauty, fun to drive and gets excellent gas mileage – something its competitors each fall down on on some level. There’s a reason why the Impala is fast becoming America’s favorite large sedan – it’s by far the best option out there. Of note for 2016 is newly added support for wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay. The 1LTZ trim (four-cylinder) is also no longer available.

Trim Levels

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala comes in four different trim levels. It is offered in LS, 1LT, 2LT, and 2LTZ models. The LS only comes in a four-cylinder. The 1LT also comes in four-cylinder only while the 2LT is also available with a V6. The 2LTZ is only available in a V6.

Impala LS

The base LS comes with many great standard features such as steel 18-inch wheels, remote keyless entry, automatic headlights and cruise control. It also has many other standard features including air-conditioning, a trip computer, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and an eight-way power adjustable driver seat. Bluetooth phone support, a six-speaker music system with CD player, USB port, satellite radio support and OnStar (with 4G connection and Wi-Fi hotspot) are also included. You can add the Protection package that adds parking sensors, cargo net, and foldable rear headrests. You can even add larger wheels and all-weather floor mats as stand-alone options.

Impala 1LT &2LT

If you want to upgrade a little, the 1LT has even more standard features. The 18-inch wheels are now alloy, and you get side mirrors that can be heated. The upholstery is upgraded to a mixture of cloth and leatherette. You also get two-zone climate control, a steering wheel wrapped in leather, and power lumbar adjustment for the front seats. As if this is not enough, you also get the MyLink media system with 8-inch touchscreen and voice command control. The 1LT has many optional packages. For example, parking sensors, remote ignition and automatically dimming rearview mirror all come as part of the Convenience package. There are two packages for altering the exterior. One comes with a trunk-lid spoiler and a body-color grille. The other appearance package adds a spoiler, blacked-out-exterior trim and 19-inch wheels in black and silver. The 2LT is a 1LT with a V6 engine, and offers similar optional packages.

Impala 2LTZ

Gone is the 1LTZ for this year. The 2LTZ has the V6 engine and all of the optional package upgrades of the 2LT. It also has Xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels, chrome handles, ambient lighting and a dual exhaust.

Performance and Driving Experience

2016 Chevrolet Impala

2016 Chevrolet Impala

The new 2016 Chevy Impala is a full-size family sedan that is big on performance, among one of the best of the full-size sedans outside the luxury brands. The base model of the Impala is an ideal car for city driving given its 196 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission. The noise cancellation is engineered to make the engine quieter and smoother sounding, providing a more pleasurable driving experience. Although the rating has not yet been verified by the EPA for 2016, the Impala is estimated to get an average of 25 miles per gallon (22 miles per gallon city, 31 miles per gallon highway).
2016 Chevrolet Impala Engine

2016 Chevrolet Impala Engine

Of course, if you are looking for something with a little more power and a little more noise, then there are the Impala LT and the Impala LTZ, which have GM’s 3.6-liter V6 engine, giving 305 horsepower and a zero to 60 miles per hour time of around 6.8 seconds. The engine’s ability to deliver high torque across a wide range of rpms plus a precision throttle response which isn’t touchy or oversensitive (as it can be in some other sedans), makes it as dynamic as any of the other Impalas made in the last ten years. With a 21 miles per gallon combined fuel economy (18 miles per gallon city, 28 miles per gallon highway), the V6 Impala ranks well among top sedans. The six-speed automatic transmission that all Impalas have is responsive to a driver’s every whim, and includes a manual mode triggered by a shift lever switch. Up until fairly recently, indulgence was emphasized over excitement for big sedans, the pursuit of passenger comfort overriding other performance markers. Now, big sedans are starting to move in the direction of being more stimulating for drivers. The Impala is most definitely in this camp. It utilizes the Buick LaCrosse’s suspension and body structure. This design means a stiffer body to counter shimmy, with digressive damping employed by the front struts and the multi-link rear end. The digressive damping is firmer against smaller bumps and easier against larger bumps, and there is less body lean. Moreover, it doesn’t matter if you have the optional 20-inch wheels with Bridgestone Potenzas or the 18-inch standard wheels with tires – the handling is excellent. The precise tracking of the electric steering adds to the experience. The Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera can’t quite compete with the Impala’s poise and synthesis of features.

Interior and Comfort

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala interior sets a new standard for luxurious material and attractive design. The exceptional interior is far closer to what one may expect from an Audi or BMW than a mainstream vehicle. The modern and dynamic exterior writes a check that the quality interior is more than pleased to cash. The styling is tastefully understated, comfortable and packed with features. While not much larger than the Passat, Avalon or Azera, the spacious feel of the 2016 Impala won’t leave drivers with the claustrophobic effects of its competitors. The overall length of the Impala is 201.3 inches, with 111.7 inches between the wheels. The overall width is 73 inches. Comfortably seating five, the 2016 Impala comes standard with a power adjustable driver seat. Available options include a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and a power adjustable passenger seat. Front seats offer abundant room and comfort, and outward visibility from the driver’s perspective is excellent. The rear seat proportions are generous, with well-sized cushions and plenty of legroom, just an inch or two short of limousine status. There’s plenty of seating for a family of five. Even four six-foot adults can be comfortably accommodated for a cross-country trip. The Impala delivers all the room and comfort one would expect from a large sedan. The 2016 Impala improves on the most recent Impala, with 3.5 inches more front seat legroom and 2.2 inches more back seat legroom. There are five available seating options across the 2016 Impala lineup, including heated and ventilated seats, and the base versions are cloth. The LTZ model features leather upholstery with mid-grade quality hides. The LTZ also includes lumbar adjustment as standard. Headroom and legroom is so plentiful that you can actually adjust the driver seat too high or low, an unusual predicament even in today’s large sedans. There’s an impressive 18.8 cubic feet of trunk space, excellent even for a large sedan. Standard 60/40 split folding rear seats allow for maximum usability of available space, and the backrest folds flat with the cargo floor. There are also a number of small item storage areas in the cabin, including a hidden lockable-with-security-code compartment in the center stack ideal for a mobile phone in the LT and LTZ. The roomy center console is large enough to store a spare pair of shoes – still in the box! Grabbing a meal while traveling is convenient and easy, with lots of storage space for beverage containers and snacks. The wide and tall doors include pockets adequately sized to fit an average size water bottle and a handful of small accessories. Chevrolet has fined tuned the Impala’s interior for a quieter ambiance on the road. There’s active noise cancellation, thicker glass in some models, and more details added to deaden noise, creating an excellent level of noise control, another decidedly upscale effect offered in the new 2016 Impala.

Exterior

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala is an aesthetically pleasing automobile. From the accents, dimensions, cuts and design of the exterior, the designers have improved other Chevrolet models to produce something close to a masterpiece. Parts of the vehicle are similar to competitors’ makes and models. For instance, the front grille is quite similar to Honda’s grille style, and the headlights bare a resemblance to those made popular by Saab. Overall, the Impala is fantastically clean-cut ride. The designs don’t just end here; the rear door comes in a style similar to the Mercedes CLS and the Buick LaCrosse. The reengineered surface of the rear doors then adds its own signature – a brand new crease. GM pulled out all the stops, combining some of the best features of popular automobiles to offer the driver a distinct and unique vehicle.

Safety

2016 Chevrolet Impala Chassis

2016 Chevrolet Impala Chassis

After scoring fantastically well in all crash tests, this sedan has won five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Impala has performed well in all tests, for both front as well as side impacts. This car comes fitted with ten airbags. Other interesting new features include full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, radar-based automatic braking, blind-spot monitors, lane-departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors and a forward-collision warning system, all of which not only make the 2016 Chevrolet Impala so much safer to drive but also more comfortable to handle in thick traffic. The higher trims of the Impala also come equipped with Bluetooth and a rear view camera. All in all, this sedan is a great purchase for anyone with an eye on both comfort and safety in his or her vehicle.

Summary

Everything you could want for in a large sedan and more, the 2016 Chevrolet Impala is surely going to be on its way to a great number of award ceremonies this year. Safe, economical, comfortable and with a savvy range of drivetrains to hook any buyer, the 2016 Chevvy Impala is a smart choice.