When the Chevrolet Impala took its off-season self-improvement sabbatical last year, it came home looking refreshed, fondly familiar (but by no means prosaic) and ready for duty. The outward aesthetics of our beloved American sedan were virtually unchanged. In fact, other than a $100 base MSRP mark-up from the previous year, not much has changed at all. That said, if you liked the 2012 Chevrolet Impala, this model will not disappoint, and we’re sure to see its familiar frame dotting the great American Highway all year long.
Chevrolet again ponies up with three available trim packages, but in an effort here to showcase the Impala’s affordability, I’ll focus on the LS and quite popular midrange LT.
LS Trim Package – $23,300
Young families, college grads and value shoppers will find convenience and comfort in an Impala gowned in the affordable LS trim package. Its owner will not go without the same performance or fuel efficiency found in the more heavily loaded LT and LTZ, but topping out at close to $23,300, a buyer may find the lighter load appealing.
Considering every Impala is endowed with a 3.6L V6 engine, lays out 300 HP, and houses a 6-speed automatic transmission, it honors its namesake and gets you there quick. But, with speed
comes responsibility and moreover safety.
Safety & Control
The cab is wrapped in six standard airbags to put safety conscious drivers and crash test dummies at ease, but if doesn’t, the Stabilitrac stability control and MacPherson Struts under the chassis surely will provide an easy ride.
Savvy techies with an appetite for entertainment will too be pleased to see the LS served up with Bluetooth capability, AM/FM Radio, CD, auxiliary inputs and, the cherry on top, a 3-month Sirius radio trial.
LT Trim Package – $25,399
More affluent buyers and those with a leather love affair can peruse the perimeter of an Impala LT to find what they’re looking for.
Still conservatively priced at a top $25,399, the LT makes available three color choices in leather interior upgrades, optional 8-way power seat adjustments and the feeling of freedom that a power sunroof package provides.
The LT differs in design with a spoiler add-on but those unimpressed by the sportier spoiler may opt to do without if desired.
It’s easy to see why the Impala has become a familiar view on streets in every town. Its amenities and affordability lend to its popularity and in coming years, I suspect that we will see good things from this well established ride.