It's the third Chevrolet sedan in the current lineup to get not just a top five-star score overall but also top five-star scores separately for its frontal and side impact protection—after both the Chevrolet Cruze compact and Chevrolet Malibu mid-sizer.
The Impala hasn't yet been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which is the flip side of the occupant-safety coin; with the IIHS now considering its tougher small overlap frontal impact test, it's tougher than ever to get the highest new Top Safety Pick+ nod from that agency.
As we discussed earlier in the week, this is now a highly competitive field that includes the Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Ford Taurus—all models either all new or significantly refreshed in the past year or two.
While the outgoing 2013 Impala has been no standout for safety—it earned four-star results in all categories from the federal government, and a mix of 'Good' and 'Acceptable' results from the IIHS—the new model has taken a huge step forward not just in the stoutness of the structure and in occupant protection, but in advanced-tech safety features.
Some of the many available safety features in the 2014 Impala include forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind-zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines, ultrasonic rear parking assist, and a hill-hold feature. The Impala is also the first Chevrolet model to get full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, as well as a radar-based Crash Imminent Braking feature that will help intervene and apply the brakes to help avoid a crash or lessen its severity.
We'll update our full review on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala with these results, and with those from the IIHS as soon as they're out.
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