2012 Chevrolet Impala Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2012 Impala has a dated design and lacks excitement, but a stronger, smoother powertrain should make its simple layout and excellent interior space more palatable.

Up until this model year, the Chevrolet Impala felt in some ways like it was operating in a time warp. Chevy's largest sedan hadn't seen significant design or styling upgrades in years; GM hadn't kept its interior updated with modern tech extras or nav systems; and its powertrains--pushrod V-6s and four-speed automatics--were more than a little behind the times.

But this year, GM is giving the 2012 Chevrolet Impala a very significant upgrade: a 300-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 (that's right, the overhead-cam one) and a six-speed automatic transmission. While we haven't yet driven the 2012 Impala, we expect performance and responsiveness to be much-improved.

Unfortunately, not much else has changed about the Impala--which might to some shoppers make this feel like an effort of, too little, too late. Chevy's big front-wheel-drive sedan looks bland from the outside (GM has added a new grille and dual exhaust for 2012), and inside, the plain, plasticky dash isn't any better--a reminder of how the company's interiors used to be, before the much more stylish Malibu and Cruze hit the market.

The Impala's plentiful interior space and huge trunk are hard to argue with, but the front seats are wide, flat, soft, and springy, in the way that seats used to be--good for Interstate drives but not corners. Most models get folding rear seats that bring out impressive cargo versatility.

All Impala models include Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, plus satellite radio, steering-wheel controls, a trip computer, and keyless entry. That's basically a feature set designed to make fleets happy (they're still a big portion of Impala customers). You can get things like Bose sound, remote start, fancier wheels, leather seats, and dual-zone climate control in upper trims, but you won't find a USB port or iPod interface, let alone a navigation system or media hub.

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April 28, 2015
2012 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LT Retail

Pretty nice car for the money, highway fuel economy good on highway for car of this size, lots of airbags, boring exterior looks but inside is nice.

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Pretty nice car for the money but has boring exterior looks. It's got lots of power and highway fuel economy is good for car of this size but in the city is not that efficient. It's a safe car with lots of... + More »
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March 15, 2017
2016 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT

Great car, great value!

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I did a ton of research and even used the information from The Car Connection during the negotiations. Love my new Chevy Impala! My friends love it too and wish that they would have gotten the great deal that... + More »
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February 9, 2017
2016 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT

I Love this car

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This is the car I always wanted it's big enough it fast enough it got great styling and it looks great in motion buy one you will love it
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May 24, 2016
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT

Great Roomy Sedan

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I find that the car has a nice ride, great features for the price of the vehicle, very good interior space, and sufficient power for my driving needs. I like the exterior design of the car and the interior... + More »
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March 6, 2016
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ

100% improvement

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Outstanding in all aspects handling, style, power, fuel consumption!
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December 8, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ

Wise selection..

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Stylish and very "user" friendly......................................
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December 6, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT

dependable

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Drove across Canada 5500 klms and back no problems average 38mpg with a full load.Lots of room for passengers and luggage and power to pass.
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October 26, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ

excellent car, I can think of anythingnto change

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I can't believe this car, beautiful inside and out, full of the latest features. Drives excellent, super comfortable and good gas mileage especially on the highway for such a big comfortable sedan. Feels solid... + More »
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October 14, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ

This is a great car and I'm getting better than advertised gas milelage.

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Exterior color is Ashen Gray Metallic, inside all leather also in a similar gray color. Includes sun roof and close all the options. On a 300 mi trip I got 31.7 mpg, all highway travel. I'm averaging over... + More »
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October 12, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ

Beautiful car. It does everything I want it to.

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This is my first new luxury car and I love it. The comfort and build quality are excellent, the engine is smooth and very powerful. The interior layout fits me perfectly. I'm very impressed.
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