For yet another year, Chevrolet's largest sedan, the Impala, goes unchanged. We can't say we're surprised, given how buyers are flocking to crossovers and SUVs while leaving sedans -- especially big ones like the Impala -- languishing.
Changes for 2019 are so minor they're barely worth mentioning. There's one fewer exterior colour on offer, and a cloth/leatherette interior combo that's more widely available.
The rest of the Impala formula remains the same: there are LS, LT and Premier trims, and a choice of 2.5L four-cylinder (standard in LS and LT with its 197 hp/191 lb-ft of torque) and 3.6L V6 (305 hp/264 lb-ft) engines, the latter being an option in LS and LT and standard in Premier. Both come with a six-speed automatic (most other GM products have moved on to eight- and nine-speeds) and front-wheel drive. AWD is not offered.
We don't blame Chevrolet for putting as little effort as possible into keeping the Impala alive, especially when you consider Ford's early 2018 bombshell that revealed it would no longer sell sedans in North America, period.
Impala remains an impressively quiet and smooth drive. It’s a brilliant highway car that will cruise comfortably all day long while returning decent economy, and a spacious back seat and trunk mean four people can travel in comfort. The Impala will also take to a speedy highway on ramp with some confidence and the compliant suspension is surprisingly good at controlling body motions. The V6 is endows this car with great straight-line acceleration, too.
Standard kit includes engine auto stop/start, 18-inch steel wheels with covers, six-speaker stereo, MyLink infotainment with 8.0-inch touchscreen and cloth/leatherette upholstery.
LT trim adds dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start, alloy wheels, leather-trimmed steering wheel and folding rear headrests.
The Premier package brings rear cross traffic alert, navigation, 19-inch wheels, chrome exterior trim, dual-pane sunroof, HID headlights, 120-volt power outlet, power front passenger seat, 11-speaker Bose stereo, heated front seats, ambient interior lighting, blind spot monitor with lane-change alert, rear cross traffic alert, CD player, wireless smartphone charging and rear park assist.
LT models can be optioned with blind spot monitoring and cross traffic alert, and the Premier can be had with forward collision alert and lane departure warning. While the Impala will alert you to impending trouble, it won't do anything else about it; automatic braking is not available.
Fuel consumption estimates are 10.9/7.9 L/100 km (city/highway) with the four-cylinder engine and 12.7/8.5 in V6 cars.
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