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2014 chevrolet impala Reviews and News

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Chevrolet says that four-cylinder engines power roughly 60 percent of its models sold here. With its 2014 redesign, the Impala joins the ranks of four-banger Chevys. The Impala's 2.5-liter four, which is the car's base engine, is related to the 2.5-liter four in the Malibu and the 2.0-liter turbo-four in the Cadillac ATS. It is rated at 196 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, which is not a lot given the sedan's estimated 3800-lb curb weight. And indeed, the engine often sounds strained and quite vocal despite the engineers' attempts to quell NVH. In the quest to keep the racket to a minimum, Chevy has employed active noise cancelation, which nets the added bonus of a subwoofer for the stereo. The bow-tie brand has also taken a page from Buick and used copious amounts of liquid-applied sound deadener, sound-absorbing carpet, an isolated engine cradle, and an acoustically laminated windshield and front-door glass -- all of which are a first for any Chevrolet sedan. The six-speed automatic is good at keeping the four-cylinder within its power band, but with peak horsepower at 6300 rpm and peak torque coming in at 4400 rpm, that means keeping the revs up. The six-speed often needs to shuffle gears to stay in the meat of the power curve, and its shifts are less than smooth.
Among the Impala's competitors, only the Ford Taurus also offers a four-cylinder (turbo); the rest of the segment -- made up of the Toyota Avalon, the Hyundai Azera, and the Kia Cadenza -- offer V-6 engines only. While the turbo-four Taurus feels more balanced than its six-cylinder siblings, the Impala's I-4 does nothing to aid the big Chevy's handling. Granted, the Ford's four-banger has a different mission than the Chevrolet's. The Taurus' 2.0-liter turbo-four is a standalone option offering higher fuel economy that also happens to drive better, while the Impala's 2.5-liter I-4 is simply the entry-level engine. Buyers seeking the best fuel possible economy from an Impala will want the mild-hybrid eAssist model, which will be available later this year and is expected to achieve 25/35 mpg.
That leaves us wondering whether buyers save enough money at the pump and at the dealership to make up for the Impala 2.5's 109-hp deficiency versus the optional 3.6-liter V-6. The larger engine is rated at 19/29 mpg, just two mpg fewer than the four-cylinder's 21/31 mpg. On the Impala LT, the V-6 adds only $975 over the four-banger's $29,785 price tag; the top-spec LTZ model sees the $34,555 base price swell by $2025 moving from the four to the V-6. Base Impala LS models, which start at $27,535, are four-cylinder only.
Chevrolet expects the majority of Impala buyers to opt for the V-6, namely the mid-level 2LT model. With most people going for the V-6, Chevy might be better off with just the six-cylinder and the eAssist, similar to what Toyota offers with the Avalon and Avalon Hybrid, and losing the 2.5-liter altogether.

2014 Chevrolet Impala 2.5 1LT

Base Price (with destination): $29,785
Price as tested: $32,560
On Sale: Now
Engine: 2.5-liter I-4
Power: 196 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 186 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
Wheels and tires: 18-inch aluminum wheels and P235/50R18 all-season tires
Fuel Economy: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Curb Weight: 3800 lbs (est.)
Capacities:
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo:18.8 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 45.8/39.8 in
Headroom(front/rear): 39.9/37.4 in
Towing: N/A
2014 Chevrolet Impala Lake Superior Front Right View 24
This is the final installment of a five-part series chronicling our Great Lakes Circle Tour in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. We started with Lake Erie. Day two brought us around Lake Ontario. Then we hit Lake Huron. Thursday we skirted Lake Michigan.
We're in the tent and trying to find any warmth in this sleeping bag when we notice that co-driver and (former) best friend Mike is missing. We stopped last night to camp just outside Marathon, Ontario, even though several residents of the small mining town advised us not to. Now we're wearing every article of clothing in a sleeping bag and still our toes are numb.
Finally we hear the idling engine of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. We peek out of the tent flap and see Mike, asleep in the front passenger seat of the Chevy, our vessel for this trip around Lake Superior.
So we run from the tent, open the driver's-side door of the Chevy, get in and turn on the heated seat, and then wrap our hands around the heated steering wheel. And we think, "All right, this Impala is growing on us."

Duluth: City of Angels

During our first day of driving, rain clouds and fog followed us 500 miles north from Chicago to the port city of Duluth, Minnesota. There's cool architecture, and Canal Park Brewing Company has good beer, plus The Inn on Lake Superior has free s'mores and a rooftop hot tub. Aside from the barges of iron ore, this about sums up Duluth's magnetism.
The quick road out of town is Minnesota Highway 61. But since we'd already soldiered through hundreds of highway miles with the 2014 Impala, we figured the car needed to see something more interesting than more mile markers on a big divided highway. We opted for North Shore Drive, a curvier road that runs along the west side of the lake.
We saw huge piles of iron ore, deer with mangy fur, bizarre front-yard sculptures, and an unambiguous sign that read, "Feed Tame Animals Sandwiches." Small towns with names that ended in Harbor or Bay popped up every now and then. When they did, people couldn't believe that the snappy car at which they were staring was actually a Chevy Impala.

Impala: It Means Handsome in Duluth-speak

Just as the stares from the pale Minnesota locals (spring comes late this far north) indicated, we were driving some handsome hunk of lard.
But even though this is a much prettier car than its predecessors, we couldn't shake the feeling that it doesn't drive much differently than before, as if it were still a car built for wrinkly old people who've recently started wearing shoes with Velcro straps instead of laces.
The Impala got the border patrol's attention, though. After a background check came the vehicle inspection. At least we got to see if they'd check the Chevy's secret cubby stashed behind its touchscreen display. They didn't, and we were free to go. It seemed a missed opportunity to smuggle something into Canada.

Canada: Crossing Over

We stopped into the welcome center to buy camping permits for Crown Land, the equivalent of national forests. We also met the Canadian version of Valley girls, who add "eh's," not "a's," to the end of words. Sadly they escaped us.
Canada immediately felt different than the States. There was graffiti on the rocks (more rocks than buildings, eh?), poutine on menu at Burger King, and colorful huts for crossing guards at intersections. The biggest difference, though, was that Canadians didn't pay much attention to the Impala, even in metropolitan Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Americans bought around a half million examples of the Impala in the last two years, even when the car had far exceeded its freshness date, so our country's enthusiasm for the Impala is obvious. We felt kind of bad that the car wasn't getting the gawks it deserved as we drove around the biggest city on the shore of Lake Superior.

Impala: The Value Proposition

Maybe the 2014 Chevy Impala might had got more gawks from the Canadian locals if its pricing sticker were still in the window.
This fully loaded LTZ model has the features of a pricy German sedan for just forty grand, including: power-adjustable steering column, full-leather interior, panoramic sunroof, rearview camera, navigation system, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, HID headlights, keyless entry, 11-speaker Bose audio system, and heated and ventilated front seats.
We hit the road. Even if the Impala is not a car for all passersby, it's definitely for all passengers.

Rossport: Scenic Attractions

The road that runs from Thunder Bay to Rossport, is scenic, but it lacks any attractions. With nothing to do, we explored the inside of the Impala.
Big, cushy front buckets that recline nearly flat. Teal stitching that matches teal accent lights. Climate-control dials with digital readouts. An accurate navigation system that makes it easy to type addresses. A classic thin-rim steering wheel. An anime-inspired display for the touchscreen interface.
Before we knew it, we were in Rossport, a four-star shantytown. Ten minutes east of there is Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, one of the most beautiful places we've seen yet. Tucked away behind pine forests are waterfalls so huge that you'd never even be able to imagine them. We laid belly-down on a rock at the edge of the falls and watched white water violently rush by.

Marathon: Ice Hotel at No Extra Charge

An hour east of Rainbow Falls, we arrived in Marathon, the last town on the north shore of Lake Superior. With the sun quickly setting, we had little choice but to call it home for the night.
We stopped by a local bar before turning in. The bartender wanted to know about our trip in the Impala, but the schizophrenic with wine-stained lips gave no mind to the bright red car as he stumbled past it. We headed to the campground, where no one else was dumb enough to pitch a tent. Using the car's headlights, we gathered tinder and managed to make a small fire. It didn't help. We bundled up and got ready for one hell of a cold night.

Impala: It's Morning in America

It's morning now, and our hands are still thawing on the Impala's heated steering wheel when Mike stops snoring and wakes up. The tent comes down much faster than it went up, and we're back on the road in no time.
The car feels completely different today. And since the car hasn't changed, we know that we have changed instead. We're seeing the appeal of this big American land-yacht on these smooth, tree-lined roads in the middle of nowhere. Driving it is not a bore; it's just not a job. The car bounds along open stretches of road, and its big gas tank allows 400 miles between fill-ups.
There's no strain -- physical, mental or whatever -- while driving the 2014 Chevrolet Impala out here. It inspires the confidence to focus on things other than driving. Like the Led Zeppelin song that's playing. Or the small, manmade rock sculptures on both sides of the road. Or the sparkling blue lake that's just popped into view on our right.
We pull off at Katherine Cove, which is an hour south of Wawa. There's shallow water, fine sand, and huge rocks that we climb and then jump from one to another. We get back into the Impala and start driving on the best stretch of road we've seen yet as we head toward the border crossing at Sault St. Marie.

Marquette: See the USA in Your Chevrolet

It's much easier getting out of Canada than it is getting in. We go west toward Marquette, Michigan, via County Road H58, which starts in Grand Marais. It takes less than a mile for us to fall in love with the road. A magnificent tree canopy covers the curving two-lane with great elevation changes and absolutely no traffic.
For a moment we wish for a smaller, more dynamic car, but when the road straightens for a bit, the Impala is plenty fun. The 305-hp V-6 engine has no problem moving this full-size sedan, and we almost bury the speedometer's needle on a particularly long stretch of pavement.
We stop at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along the way. It's cool, but not a fraction as cool the moment when we encounter a black bear face to face as we're driving out of the park. We pass through Au-Train and Christmas, and finally arrive in Marquette. We find a parking spot right in front of the Landmark Inn and get us a room for the night. While coming down the hotel's front stairs, we stop and take a good, long look at the car.
We're a little amazed that the 2014 Chevrolet Impala never once upset us. Not up here in the woods along Lake Superior, anyway. In the urban scrum or stop-and-go traffic back in Chicago, we would've hated its light-effort steering, compliant, easy-going suspension and especially its large size. But not up here.
The Chevy Impala plays best in the places where cell service doesn't exist and moose crossings are taken seriously, which is another way of describing those vast open spaces between American cities. Back in the city, we'd be pretty indifferent to the Impala as we tried to squeeze through traffic or slingshot through a freeway on-ramp. Not up here. Not going around the great Gitchee Gumee.
The Statistical Record
Start:
Tuesday, May 21 - 9:00 a.m.
End: Friday, May 24 - 5:30 p.m.
Miles traveled: 1819
MPG observed: 24
Music: "Trouble Will Find Me" by the National
Best beer: Kessel Run ESB at Canal Park Brewing Company in Duluth, Minnesota
Best bar: Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette, Michigan
Favorite road sign: "Moose on the loose!"
Best things about Chevrolet Impala: Its front fascia, its airy interior, and how easy it is to steer with your knees.
Worst thing about Impala: Kept hitting myself with the driver's -side door every time I tried to get into the car.
2014 Chevrolet Impala Lake Ontario Front Right Side View 10
This is the second installment of a five-part series chronicling our Great Lakes Circle Tour in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. We started with Lake Erie. Tomorrow we'll circle Lake Huron. Thursday we skirt Lake Michigan. On Friday we'll let you know how many moose we spotted as we traced Lake Superior's shoreline.
"War-torn" probably isn't the first term anyone would use to describe the region around Lake Ontario, but that's exactly what it was two centuries ago. The War of 1812 involved a confrontation between the United States and colonial Canada. British and U.S. fleets patrolled the deep waters of Lake Ontario, fighting fierce battles along the shores. And so we felt as if we had set out to invade Canada in our own American cruiser, a 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

Rochester: Bankruptcy and its Aftermath

We start out in Rochester, New York, the largest American city on the lake. Several battles were fought at the mouth of the Genesee River, which runs through the city and spills into Lake Ontario. (It also gives its name to a popular brand of beer.) When we roll through, Rochester seems less concerned with Canadian raiders than with the fate of Kodak, the bankrupt company that once powered the local economy.
Fortunately for Chevrolet, the U.S. auto industry has proven more resilient than film photography. Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America, points out that the new Impala is one of the first products developed entirely after GM's trip through bankruptcy, and this car does feel like a fresh start. Although Chevy has wisely stuck with the Impala nameplate, this car looks and feels nothing like the dumpy, warmed-over Chevy Lumina with which we've lived for the past decade. Let's hope Rochester fares as well as GM has.

Impala: Drive, He Said

After hitting an old Chevrolet dealership that's been turned into a coffee shop, associate web editor Ben Timmins and I head toward the lakeshore on Kings Road. It's the sort of windy, challenging old road you randomly find in upstate New York. The Impala plays along without much enthusiasm, its nose pushing over the front tires whenever the cornering loads get too high for its liking. Basically the car is tuned by its tire selection, so you pick 18-, 19- or 20-inch tires depending on your preference for sporty handling. We've tried the 20s and find that the 19s on this car deliver a better balance of good handling and refined ride comfort.
Although the Impala has more than enough power from its 3.6-liter V-6 and now rides on a capable platform -- the same basic setup that serves the Cadillac XTs -- it clearly doesn't want to be a sport sedan. It's much happier when we reach the section along the lake, which gently curves and crests. Here the ride is smooth and comfortable but not floaty, and the light-effort steering provides just enough feedback to connect your hands to the road.

Fort Oswego: Life on the Border

Our first stop is Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York. British forces overwhelmed and destroyed the fort in 1814 (the current structure dates back to the 1840s). It takes some finagling to be able to drive the Impala up to the gate. "They make us ask lots questions, what with Al Qaeda and everything," one of the fort's caretakers explains apologetically. He suggests we visit Sackets Harbor, a tiny village that during the war served as a major base for the U.S. Navy.
When we arrive there, a chill wind is blowing off the lake. Looking out at the choppy water and ominous sky, it's not hard to imagine a British fleet appearing over the horizon, as one did on May 29, 1813. The Americans held on, killing some fifty British and Canadian soldiers and burying them in unmarked graves throughout the area, where they remain to this day.

Impala: Cabin Fever

After filling up on gas and filling a beer growler for later with locally brewed War of 1812 Amber Ale, we climb on the highway to get to the Canadian border before rush hour.
The Impala's interior impressed us at first, but it does so somewhat less as we cover these monotonous miles. The design emulates themes from expensive luxury cars, and the steering wheel looks like one from a Mercedes-Benz S-class and the wraparound dash recalls a Jaguar XJ'.
Yet the execution reminds you that this car has been built to a price. The cut-and-sewn leather is neither cut nor even leather in most places, while the reasonably attractive simulated wood clashes with seemingly random swatches of grey plastic. The dashboard panels also come together somewhat haphazardly. Yes, we must admit that this car does not have the exquisite detailing that you find in a $100,000 sedan from Germany or England. (Should we be shocked?)

Kingston: Canada, Oh Canada

Americans have always thought of Canadians -- particularly those in Ontario -- as simply eccentric neighbors. When conflict broke out in 1812, war hawks in the U.S. government assumed Canadians would gladly join our cause if only we encouraged them by sending in some militiamen. As we cross the border and survey familiar chain stores, we indulge in similarly provincial thinking. "It's basically fancy America," quips Timmins.
Our thinking changes some when we drive further into Kingston, Ontario, which served as the staging area for British forces during the War of 1812. Even now, the town retains a European feel. No one seems terribly concerned about Al Qaeda here, as scores of people are biking and walking around Fort Henry, which still hosts an active military college. In fact no one stops us from driving right up to the gate.

Impala: Steering Electrically

While the steering action feels a little vague just as you move the steering wheel off center, this electric-assist steering is actually very good. The effort is light, yet the action is pretty direct. Slowly some reality is creeping into the calibration of electric-assist steering, which has been adopted throughout the car industry to improve fuel efficiency and also ensure compatibility with stop/start engine management.
Just like the Chevy Camaro, the Impala incorporates internal programming that compensates for the way that crossroads or even a highly crowned road can make any car seem to drift in its lane. Sensors in Chevy's system detect the load on the steering and adjust the effort level so the driver can maintain a straight path with less input. It's one of those things where a steering algorithm can finally help you instead of hinder you.

Toronto: War on the Ice

We meander west and arrive in Toronto after nightfall. Conflict with the United States is again brewing, since game seven of the playoff series between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs is underway. Crowds have gathered in bars and even on the street to watch the broadcast.
The 2014 Impala's fresh, upscale design represents the U.S. well in this bustling, fast-growing metropolis. With its sweeping expanse of sheetmetal and masculine, Camaro-like nose, the new Impala finds the brashness that large Chevrolet sedans haven't had since the 1960s.
The knock against Toronto is a certain lack of culture amidst the sprawling forest of office buildings and expensive condos, in comparison with Chicago or New York, at least. Questions about substance also apply to the Impala. It might be hard for some to justify spending nearly $40,000 on what still is a front-wheel-drive sedan, when competitors like Chrysler and Hyundai offer V-8s and rear-wheel drive for the same price. Of course, this would mean that prestige would be more important than fuel economy or traction on an icy highway, but we have heard that some people think this way.

Touring Lake Ontario

The next morning, we track back east for a brief tour of the GM factory in Oshawa, Ontario, that builds the 2014 Chevrolet Impala along with the Camaro, the Cadillac XTS, and the Buick Regal. That's right, the Impala is actually Canadian (well, it's also built in Hamtramck, just outside Detroit). Good thing we didn't try to explain all this back in Sackets Harbor.
We pass though Toronto one last time on our way home and stop along the lake in Coronation Park. A small sign politely recounts the American invasion that took place here. Nowadays it's a quiet area where people ride bikes and walk their dogs. That's what we call progress. So, too, is our stylish, comfortable Chevrolet Impala. It's not perfect, but it's much improved. Think of it as once again a (Canadian) American touring sedan worthy of its name.

The Statistical Record: Lake Ontario

Start: Monday, May 13 -- 8:00 a.m.
End: Tuesday, May 14 -- 4:15 p.m.
Miles traveled: 551
MPG observed: 24
Forts/battlefields visited: 4
Shots fired (by a camera): 270
Impalas built in Oshawa in 2012: 120,000
Final score of Boston Bruins/Maple Leafs playoff game: 5-4, Bruins
Best things about Chevrolet Impala: It looks like an Impala should look; surprisingly fast
Worst things about Impala: Interior execution doesn't live up to the design, handling doesn't live up to straight-line performance
2014 Chevrolet Impala Lake Michigan Left Side View 18
This is the penultimate installment of a five-part series chronicling our Great Lakes Circle Tour in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. We started with Lake Erie. Day two brought us around Lake Ontario. Then we hit Lake Huron. Tomorrow, we'll conclude with Lake Superior.
Lake Michigan isn't really a lake. In fact, Lake Michigan is an inland sea, the fifth largest in the world, smaller than only the Caspian Sea in Asia and Lake Victoria in Africa, plus Lakes Superior and Lake Huron. It's like standing beside an ocean, as the water extends to the horizon and the shore stretches as far as the eye can see to both the north and south.
Likewise, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala is probably not the kind of car you think of when you hear its name. For the last few decades, the Impala name has conjured up images of mediocrity. The 2014 Impala aims to change that impression thanks to styling that is of the modern idiom, an interior that is both ergonomic and welcoming, and a sophisticated chassis that shrugs off road imperfections.

Ludington: Post Card Come to Life

The starting point for our trip around Lake Michigan is Ludington, some 230 miles from Ann Arbor and about midway up the western shore of the lake. Ludington is the quintessential town on Lake Michigan, complete with a city-owned beach park, a harbor and marinas for boating enthusiasts and fishermen, historic lighthouses, Victorian bed-and-breakfasts, a state park with miles of sand dunes. It even has a car ferry -- the SS Badger -- that from May to September crosses the lake two times a day, fueling the town's tourist industry.
After seeing the Badger off, we head up US-31and then, just past Manistee, turn onto scenic M-22, which runs along the lake to the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula and past the soaring sand dunes of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Reconnecting with US-31 brings us through the resort towns of Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Petoskey until, in Emmet County, we turn onto M-119, a narrow two-lane route that is popularly known as the Tunnel of Trees.
Here a mixture of hardwoods and evergreens line the winding road and provide a lush canopy that filters the sunlight on a good day or serves as an umbrella that protects us from a light rain like today. On this spring day, the forest floor is alive with countless numbers of blooming trilliums, a certain sign that spring has arrived here, since less than a month ago it was still knee-deep in snow.

Impala: Post Card Come to Life

This spring also signals a rebirth for the Impala. Gone is the stodgy ninth-generation Impala which, to be fair, still managed to sell well. In its place is a sleek, modern sedan.
Unfortunately the winding road through the Tunnel of Trees doesn't bring out the best in the Impala. The electric-assist steering system does not engender confidence in tight corners where precise wheel placement is needed, as the effort level seems too light for us.
Likewise, the way the brake engagement is not as progressive as we'd like, as even light pedal pressure sometimes brings an abrupt response. At least the brakes will last a long time, as the Impala features GM's new brake rotors, which are meant to last no less than 80,000 miles, resisting rust and brake shudder as they age.

The U.P.: Trees, not People

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is sparsely populated, by humans anyway. It's heavily populated by trees. More important, the roads are mostly devoid of traffic. Even so, the speed limit on U.S. Route 2, which traces the northern shore of Lake Michigan, is a sedate 55 mph. It's like driving in the 1970s, just after the gas crisis.
We follow Route 2 to Manistique, and from there head south to the Garden Peninsula and Fayette Historic State Park, where the preserved buildings of a late-nineteenth-century iron-smelting town overlook Big Bay du Noc.
It's near the end of the day, and the soft light reflects off the water as the old buildings bask in the warm, late-afternoon glow. We're taking pictures of the old furnace complex when we hear a commotion behind us. A fisherman has just reeled in an impressive pike that measures nearly four feet. My husband then launches into a story about his own pike-fishing days back in his native Sweden. It seems that everyone -- even the man whom I've know since 1979 and who has never handled a rod and reel in my presence -- has a fish story.

Impala: Off-roading in Comfort

The Chevy Impala has redeemed itself this afternoon with relaxed on-road demeanor and comfortable seats. We're also getting unexpected fuel economy, as the onboard trip computer indicates 29 mpg.
More important, we reach Escanaba fourteen hours after our early-morning departure with none of the frazzled nerves that sometimes result from a long road trip. In fact, we're so relaxed we've almost forgotten about our little off-roading excursion.
A word of advice: When you're using a comprehensive road atlas, think twice before trying to take a short-cut on that little squiggle in the corner of the map. Before you know it, you're on a rutted two-track, then you're on a rutted two-track with loose sand, and the next thing you know you're driving over a sand dune.

Door County: On Wisconsin

After a quick stop at Green Bay's Lambeau Field, we head for Door County, known as the Cape Cod of the Midwest. Door County is located on a finger of land that juts into Lake Michigan with Green Bay (the actual bay, not the city) to the west and Lake Michigan proper to the east. The bucolic countryside is covered with cherry orchards and farmland and is dotted with picturesque towns that have names like Egg Harbor and Fish Creek.
On the Green Bay side of the peninsula at Egg Harbor, we stop at Shipwrecked, the only microbrewery in Door County. According to the legend on the menu, it's also a former hangout of 1920s gangster Al Capone. We enjoy a light lunch and a glass of lemonade (no beer today; we're driving) on the outdoor patio and then make our way to the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula.
In the town of Bailey's Harbor, we note that the thermometer has dropped by some 30 degrees F since our lunch stop. Since no weather has moved in, we attribute it to the cold winds blowing off the lake. Note to self: When visiting Door County in the spring and fall, stay on the Green Bay side.

Impala: The Car as Art

Since yesterday morning, we've had the roads pretty much to ourselves, so it's back to reality when we finally reach the outskirts of Milwaukee, the second largest city on the shore of Lake Michigan. To escape the traffic, we exit I-43 and head toward the lake, then turn south until we reach the Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by well-known Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Upon the museum's opening, he said, "I worked to infuse the building with a certain sensitivity to the culture of the lake -- the boats, the sails, and the always changing landscape."
The designers of the 2014 Impala were faced an equally exacting task, charged with elevating the full-size sedan from a commodity into a car that can compete in both style and substance with the likes of the recently redesigned Toyota Avalon and Hyundai Azera. We find that they've generally succeeded -- the lines of the new Impala are thoroughly modern, infusing the Impala with a sense of style that it was lacking for so long.
But it's not just styling. The Impala has the entire package -- a comfortable ride, spacious front and rear seats, a large trunk with a good-size opening, and a powerful, 305-hp V-6 engine that is well-matched to its six-speed automatic transmission.

Chicago: The Second City

Day three brings us to Chicago, the jewel of Lake Michigan, a city that boasts world-class restaurants, a vibrant night life, and plenty of places where you can just be a tourist. We pursue photo opportunities at Soldier Field, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Shedd Aquarium, stop by the Lincoln Park Zoo, and do a quick drive-by of Wrigley Park before heading for Navy Pier, where you can grab a bite to eat, take a boat tour, and even ride a Ferris Wheel.
By now it's late afternoon, and we have to cut our itinerary short so that the Impala can start on its last leg of the Great Lakes Circle Tour. No Indiana Dunes, no South Haven, Saugatuck, or Holland.
No worries, though. We've managed to put more miles on the 2014 Impala in three days than most owners will in a month, and we've come away convinced that it will do well in the marketplace as its newfound sense of style and intelligent packaging promise to lure buyers who would previously have never considered an Impala.
The Statistical Record: Lake Michigan
Start:
Friday, May 18 -- 8:00 p.m.
End: Monday, May 20 -- 7:00 p.m.
Miles traveled: 1393
MPG observed: 28.7 mpg
Listened to: "Car Talk" and "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" on NPR; SiriusXM radio contributed Classic Vinyl, the Bridge, and NHL playoff hockey (Red Wings versus Blackhawks)
Best Road: M-119 from Harbor Springs to Cross Village
Wildlife observed: 4 wild turkey, 6 deer, 1 pike, countless dead raccoons, and about a million mosquitoes.
Best things about 2014 Impala: styling, seats, trunk space.
Worst things about 2014 Impala: steering feel, navigation touch screen.
2014 Chevrolet Impala Lake Huron Front Left Side View 13
This is the third installment of a five-part series chronicling our Great Lakes Circle Tour in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. We started with Lakes Erie and Ontario. Today is Lake Huron. Tomorrow we'll circle Lake Michigan. On Friday we'll let you know how many moose we spotted as we traced Lake Superior's shoreline.
Rarely does a road trip story involve a boat, but when traveling around the Great Lakes, there's practically no way to avoid it. When we planned the trip around Lake Huron -- the second-largest of the Great Lakes as measured by surface area -- a ferryboat from Tobermory on the northern tip of Ontario's Bruce Peninsula to Manitoulin Island played a big part of the route. Not only would the two-hour ferryboat ride shave more than 100 miles off the 1,000-mile trip, it would also give some spectacular views of the lake and Georgian Bay.
But low water levels this spring in the Great Lakes forced the delay of the opening of the ferry service for the season, and the boat ride was off. Nevertheless, with motor gopher Tom Foley riding shotgun, we made a run up the Bruce Peninsula in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Going up and down the peninsula added more than 120 miles to the trip, but the views of the lake and Georgian Bay were worth the extra miles. Plus, the roads were virtually free from travel trailers and motorhomes, making the drive that much easier.

Port Huron: Crossing into Canada

Our tour began in Port Huron, Michigan, crossing into Canada via the Bluewater Bridge over the St. Clair River at the southern end of Lake Huron, and then heading north through the farmlands of Ontario.
Driving on local two-lane roads, the flat, fertile farmland gives way to more rocky, rolling terrain as you head north, as if the glaciers of the Ice Age had been here just last week. The route through Ontario was primarily on two-lane roads, and with dire roadside warnings about $10,000 fines for excessive speed, we kept the 305-hp V6 throttled back. Ontario bans the use of radar detectors, so my time in Canada was spent cruising at or near the speed limit of 100 km/hr (62 mph). There was plenty of time to think. Thank you, Canada!
After successfully avoiding both moose and deer, we pulled into Sudbury for the night with 550 miles behind us.

Impala: Silence of the Great White North

Is it Canada, or is it just real quiet in here?
The Impala is surprisingly quiet. Part of it comes from a fairly rigid structure, so it doesn't flutter very much on rough pavement. But more important is a pretty comprehensive complement of acoustic insulation and even sound suppression. There is plenty of sound deadening material within the body, and even the carpet has been chosen for acoustic insulation. It's also interesting that even this everyday sort of sedan gets a laminated windshield and front side glass, and even the engine cradle plays a role in keeping things quiet.
And like so many new vehicles, the Impala even offers active sound suppression. Microphones in the ceiling detect engine noise, and then the frequencies are processed by a computer. Finally the audio system's speakers play frequencies that counteract the noise. The result is not just a quieter cabin but also the cancellation of noise from the torque converter locking up at low speed, so you can get better fuel economy without enduring any audible distraction. It's standard equipment in Impala models that feature the four-cylinder engine.

Sudbury: Navigation, Please Respond!

Leaving Tobermory, we set the Impala's navigation for Sudbury, Ontario. It was only 93 miles away as the crow flies (or as the ferry boat would have sailed!), but it was 223 miles away by road. This is what happens when you have high-tech GPS navigation instead of paper maps, as when you make a wrong turn or just go the long way, you know exactly the number of miles it has cost you. Maybe it's better not to know, eh?
Speaking of the nav system, it troubled us. The touchscreen operating interface seemed so slow to respond that we had to stab at the screen repeatedly to respond. This system is the latest thing from GM, a version of the highly regarded CUE electronics in the Cadillac ATS and XTS, but simple things like input response show you that there's more to it than just circuit boards.

Sault Ste Marie: Your Tax Dollars at Work

After a long day, we did another one, and it was made just a bit longer by members of the U.S. Border Patrol at Sault Ste. Marie (pronounced: "Soo Saint Marie") in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. They couldn't figure out why General Motors would let us drive one of their cars around the lake. And really, who could blame them.
Eventually, the situation was resolved without any body cavity searches, and we headed downtown for lunch in the "Soo," the nickname for the border town with a sister city of the same name right across the river in Canada. After a terrific cheeseburger at Mohoney's Alley, we headed back toward I-75 but noticed a lake freighter -- the 634-foot Buffalo -- passing through the Soo Locks. The locks lift and lower boats going between Lakes Huron and Superior. Superior is more than 20-feet higher than Huron, and watching the massive freighters inching their way through the locks is an interesting process to witness.
Interstate 75 made quick work of getting from the Soo to St. Ignace where the Mackinac Bridge -- the country's third longest suspension bridge -- would take us across the Straits of Mackinac and back to the Lower Peninsula. After some photos in Mackinaw City we got on route 23 -- a smooth two-lane road -- and headed south. The trip odometer read 1,034.8 miles as we rolled into Bay City for the night.

Impala: Game of Thrones

When you're covering a lot of miles, you have a lot of time to think about the place where you're sitting. Fortunately we greatly admired the seats of the new Impala.
The seats are pretty grand, carefully bolstered in a way to be supportive rather than soft, yet their scaled to be large enough to deliver full-size comfort to full-size drivers like us. We spent 14 hours in the saddle one day, so such things matter.
The driving position also plays a role here, as the greenhouse is pretty expansive, and your view is relatively unrestricted by the A-pillars, which have to provide not only structural support for the roof but also incorporate the curtain air bags. Also the rear-seat headrests fold down in this LTZ for better driver visibility.

The Thumb: Pure Michigan

A short day of less than 200 miles that included a tour around the outer edge of Michigan's beautiful, seldom-visited Thumb. (Look at it on a map and you'll see why it has this nickname.) The flat farmland is dotted with hundreds of wind turbines, giving the area a futuristic look.
We stopped for one last lighthouse photo at Point Aux Barques in Huron County, and then rolled back into Port Huron. Total mileage for our 2014 Impala was 1,202.7, and the fuel mileage of 30.5 mpg was impressive for a car with more than 300 hp under the hood.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is a quiet (one of the quietest Chevys in recent memory) comfortable ride with a rocking sound system that is perfect for a road trip. While we were disappointed the Tobermory ferry wasn't running, we now have a reason to repeat the trip. With stunning, sweeping views of Lake Huron at nearly every turn, this trip reminded even this native Michigander that we live in a beautiful state, and how fortunate we are to have an equally beautiful country as our neighbor.
The Statistical Record: Lake Huron
Miles traveled:
1,203.7
MPG observed: 30.5
Now Playing: Canadian rockers: Rush, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Bachman Turner Overdrive and the Guess Who. Michigan rockers: Bob Seger, Grand Funk Railroad and Kid Rock. Highlight: ZZ Top performing "Lagrange" live on the Howard Stern show, courtesy of SiriusXM radio.
Best Road: M23 from St. Ignace to Oscoda, which includes lovely views of Lake Huron nearly the entire way.
Best Food: Yellow lake perch, Dunleavy's Eatery & Pub in Augres, Michigan. Second place: Cheeseburger at Moloney's Alley near the Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Best things about 2014 Impala: 305-hp V6, which delivered more than 30 mpg
Worst things about 2014 Impala: Nav system touchscreen that is not sensitive enough.
Fun fact: Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron at the entrance to Georgian Bay and part of the province of Ontario is more than 1,000-square miles and is the largest lake island in the world.
2014 Chevrolet Impala Front Right View
We're looking out over the San Diego cityscape from a penthouse high above the street. It's dusk, and the lights wink on among the thicket of tall buildings silhouetted against the sky. It's one of those vertigo moments ... not because of the view but because of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala a few feet behind us. How did this car get up here?
It's not the physical challenge of putting a 201.3-inch sedan in the small patio area of a penthouse on top of an apartment building that makes us feel wobbly. It's the idea of such a stunt with a Chevrolet that seems unhinged.
You know, Chevrolet. The car company that makes plain but honest cars with all the glamour (Corvette aside) of farm implements. Yet when you flat-out ask Impala chief engineer Todd Pawlik what's the most important thing about the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, he says, "It's the way it looks."
Remaking the corporate architecture
Sure, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala is the newest entry in the full-size, front-wheel-drive sedan segment, but there's more at stake than the usual boasting about sales numbers compared with the Ford Taurus or Toyota Avalon. The 2014 Impala is about being the best, the kind of commanding statement we don't expect from a company famous for looking sideways and shuffling its feet when ambition has been called for. As we walk out of the Andaz hotel onto F Street the morning after the penthouse unveiling, the Impala greets us with the same kind of character as the comprehensively refurbished, 90-year-old hotel itself, a modern presentation strengthened by traditional elements. Built on the Epsilon II platform that began with the Opel Insignia and which has produced striking cars in long-wheelbase form from Buick and Cadillac, its statement of Chevy tradition comes from the swelling line of the rear fenders, a design flourish introduced with the very first car to carry the Impala name in 1958 and best expressed in the wonderful 1965 model.
You can tell the 2014 Impala is right after driving the first 50 feet. The car moves away from the curb all at once, with the confident, forthright and yet reassuring feel that Bentley and Rolls-Royce engineers have told us is the signature of a fine motorcar. Epsilon II has worked for Chevy engineers because they have been able to cherry-pick all the best bits Buick and Cadillac have developed and refined. This includes a 305-hp, direct-injection 3.6-liter V-6 that revs so crisply, plus the six-speed automatic transmission that quickly locks up its torque converter to enhance fuel efficiency (EPA-rated 19 mpg city/29 mpg Highway for the V-6).
Go big or go home
As you'd expect in a large car, the Impala's cabin is all about spaciousness. It delivers 105 cubic-feet of passenger volume, with 45.8 inches of legroom in front and 39.8 inches in the back. The low cowl and receding wings of the dash enhance the sensation of space, while the use of high-strength steel in the A-pillars enables them to be twisted slightly to increase the driver's field of view.
The interior is rich with standard convenience features, like the increasingly usable MyLink interface (an improved version of Cadillac CUE). An 8-inch touchscreen lets you click, swipe and drag the screen icons, connect up to ten devices through Bluetooth, and display the optional 3D navigation system. Optional leather trim is laid conspicuously thick on the dash surfaces, and while this effect seems slightly take-me-to-the-country-club gorgeous in a color that contrasts with the upholstery, it's very Euro when executed in a complementary color.
Michigan-size people fit in the rear seat, and the doors have been bowed outwards slightly to increase shoulder room by placing the locks at the rear of the window sill. The car is very quiet thanks to double-pane acoustic glass for the windshield and front side windows, plenty of acoustic baffles within the body structure, and a pretty slippery 0.30 Cd that controls wind noise.
Driving in the spirit of harmony
It is the way the 2014 Chevrolet Impala drives that really sets it apart. The suspension action is wonderfully hydraulic, as if GM engineers have discovered shock damping at last. The car smoothly blends the transitions between acceleration, braking, steering and cornering in a very impressive way. This is no sports sedan, yet it represents a responsive yet stable platform for fast cross-country driving.
We hammer the V-6 through the gears as we pass a service truck on the two-lane road to Campo and the transmission shifts quickly and smoothly, although there are no manual control paddles. The stiction-free, Camaro-style electric-assist steering is precise. The front suspension with its reinforced strut towers quickens response from the tires, which come in 18-inch, 19-inch and 20-inch dimensions. The car also rides with more equanimity on the 19s and 20s than we've seen from some premium cars. We like the P245/45R-19 98V Goodyear RS-As best.
There are plenty of business facts in this car's story, including the forthcoming availability of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder model that is expected to make 21 mpg City and 31 mpg Highway, plus a mild-hybrid that will make 25 mpg city/35 mpg Highway. Pricing ranges from the $27,535 LS with the four-cylinder engine to the $36,580 LTZ with the V-6. The mid-price LT models between these two extremes will represent 55 percent of the volume.
Quality takes a big effort
When chief engineer Pawlik describes his team's challenge in sustaining close tolerances in the complex fit between the hood, the fender and the elaborate LTZ-style headlight cluster, sweat pops out on his forehead. This makes us even more impressed with the car's quality. His is the same kind of sweat equity that has put the 2014 Chevrolet Impala in a penthouse on top of a building in downtown San Diego.
That and one of the large number of giant construction cranes that are all over the city these days. The publicity stunt only cost $5000, we overheard. Of course, as the car was dangling about 100 feet above the street, the breeze off the fogbank over the ocean apparently made the car sway enough to make your heart stop.
2014 Chevrolet Impala
2014 Chevrolet Impala

New For 2014

Everything -- the 2014 Impala shares only a name and its emblems with the outgoing car.

Vehicle Summary

Chevrolet first used the Impala name on a sedan back in 1958, but today's Impala isn't the rear-wheel-drive slice of America it used to be. For that matter, it also isn't the basic, bland appliance it was for the past decade. The 2014 Impala is all-new from head to toe and is infused with more style and flair than any Impala built in the last three decades. The 2014 Impala shares its platform with the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac XTS. A 195-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard on the majority of Impala models, but a 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 is standard on 2LT and 2LTZ trims. A smaller 2.4-liter four-cylinder, paired with a "mild" hybrid system, is also expected to join the lineup later this year.

Overview

The idiom about the ugly duckling matriculating into a beautiful, graceful swan applies perfectly to the new 2014 Impala. Whereas the outgoing car was the flavorless but faithful steed of rental counters coast-to-coast, to consumers, it looked dated and dumpy. That can't be said of the new 2014 Impala. Its long, flowing roofline and cascading rear haunches echo those Impalas from the 1960s, while the front fascia shows a surprising amount of Camaro influence. It's the little things, however -- the taut character lines, the paper-thin panel gaps, intricate grille and headlamp details -- that suggest Chevy's design team didn't phone this one in.

Likewise, the 2014 Impala's interior appointments are a far cry from the cheap plastics that ruined the last car. A two-tier dashboard emphasizes a dual-cockpit look. Monotone color schemes are available, but the cabin truly pops when accented with a contrasting color -- for instance, the noir-and-saddle combination offered on the Impala LTZ. There's plenty of gadgetry to be found, too, as higher-trim Impalas are offered with Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB audio input, and OnStar emergency services. Four-cylinder Impalas even sport an active-noise-cancellation system to further insulate the cabin.

Fortunately, the 2014 Impala drives as well as it looks. The Impala finally ditches the ancient "W-body" platform that dates back three decades in favor of more modern and sophisticated hardware -- and it shows. The suspension dampening is top-notch and soaks up road imperfections without feeling gelatinous. Steering is precise and well-weighted. The 305-hp V-6 is the most powerful engine in the class and renders the Impala rather quick, but the base 2.5-liter I-4 is best described as adequate -- it is, after all hefting more than 3800 pounds with only 196 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque on tap.

The large-sedan segment is starting to heat up, thanks to the recent introduction of the 2014 Toyota Avalon, the 2014 Kia Cadenza, and the 2014 Hyundai Azera, but the Impala's pricing, styling, comfort, and size will likely render it quite popular.

You'll like:

  • Fresh new look, both inside and out
  • Superb suspension tuning and comfortable ride
  • Potent V-6

You won't like:

  • 2.5-liter lacks grunt
  • No performance-/sport-oriented model
  • Touchscreen interface occasionally slow

Key Competitors

  • Ford Taurus
  • Hyundai Azera
  • Kia Cadenza
  • Toyota Avalon
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The car has become the latest mobile hotspot, and automakers across the globe are working to make the car a data hub both for the vehicle itself and built-in apps and services, as well as a connectivity hub for peripheral mobile devices. General Motors was among the pioneers of the concept of the connected car, launching OnStar in 1996. Initially resistant to the industry trend of Bluetooth connectivity to portable mobile devices, instead encouraging customers to use the built-in OnStar telephony services, GM's belief in built-in connectivity seems finally vindicated by the latest trend. To make the prospect of the connected car even more attractive to customers, it will allow buyers of OnStar 4G LTE-equipped cars to add the vehicles to their existing AT&T data plans. Non-AT&T customers can pay for the service separately.
2014 Chevrolet Impala Automobile Of The Year Contender 2
The Chevy Impala is back, and it once again lives up to its historic nameplate. Developed entirely post-GM-bankruptcy, this year’s fully redesigned Impala marks a big step forward for the Chevrolet brand. Finally gone are the dark days of GM’s W-platform, which had held on like a tick for 25 years beginning in 1988 with models like the Chevrolet Lumina.  On GM’s Epsilon II platform, the new Impala returns to all that we love in a full-size American sedan; it offers bold looks with plenty of space, comfort, and affordability.
2013 Impala Front Three Quarters
Chevrolet’s fleet-only Impala Limited, which survived even though there is an all-new customer-oriented Impala for 2014, will continue to be sold until 2016, according to Automotive News. Consistent with GM’s plans to extend production on its Oshawa, Ontario-based consolidated line to 2016, the Impala Limited will live on about two years beyond its previously expected demise.
2014 Chevrolet Impala Urban Cool 2013 SEMA Concept Rendering
In total, Chevrolet is bringing some 39 vehicles to the 2013 Specialty Aftermarket Manufacturers Show (SEMA) in Las Vegas, but for now, the automaker is only willing to show off a few of the tricked-out passenger vehicles – i.e. cars that aren’t named Camaro or Corvette – that will grace its display in early November.
2014 Impala Production Line
Responding to strong demand for the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala, General Motors has decided to extend production on the consolidated line at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant to 2016. General Motors was previously set on ending production in June of 2014. Presently, Oshawa’s consolidated line manufactures the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and the aging, fleet-only Chevrolet Impala Limited, while the plant’s flexible assembly line builds the 2014 Buick Regal, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, the 2014 Cadillac XTS, and the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. This is welcome news for Unifor, the union previously known as the Canadian Auto Workers. “It is a testament to what we’ve been saying about this plant all along — that the skills and efficiency of the workers at the plant make it worth keeping open,” reads a statement from Unifor president Jerry Dias. The extension to 2016 represents a big win for the Canadian plant, who suffered a significant blow amidst last December’s announcement that production of the Chevrolet Camaro will change hands to Lansing, Michigan after 2015. This move will allow General Motors to consolidate vehicle assembly using its rear-wheel-drive Alpha architecture, which underpins the Cadillac ATS and new Cadillac CTS models. President of Unifor Local 222 union Ron Svajlenko was optimistic in remarks made to Automotive News: "The extension into 2016 gives our workforce some stability and again, we were going through a potential of layoffs and right now that's not the case, so that's very good news for us. As long as we continue to build vehicles out of that facility, we have the opportunity to remain in the hunt for any kind of long-term additional products that General Motors may need to build." Despite General Motors CEO Dan Akerson saying last year that Canada is “the most expensive place to build a car in the world right now,” it appears that the Oshawa plant’s reputation for high-quality manufacturing has kept it afloat. A statement from General Motors of Canada advised that “all scheduling adjustments are subject to market demand,” which is yet another silver lining for the consolidated line’s roughly 650 employees. If sales of the Equinox and Impala Limited remain high, it could very well allow the Oshawa plant to again dodge the dreaded guillotine come 2016.

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2014 Chevrolet Impala Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
Horsepower:
195 hp @ 6300rpm
Torque:
187 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Maintenance
24,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac ATS and model year 2013 Cadillac XTS; model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala; and 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. Originally, in May 2013, GM recalled 1,627 model year 2013 Cadillac ATS and model year 2013 Cadillac XTS; and model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles. In October 2013, GM informed the agency that it was adding model year 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles to this campaign , representing an additional 8,050 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 9,677. On the affected vehicles, the brake lamps may intermittently flash without the brakes being applied and the cruise control may disengage. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."
Consequences
If the brake lamps flash when the vehicle is not slowing, a following driver may not adjust vehicle speed when the vehicle is in fact braking, and the brake lamps are illuminating as intended, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the body control module. The recall began on June 13, 2013. Owner's may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339. GM's recall number is 13158.
Potential Units Affected
10,210
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013 Cadillac ATS and model year 2013 Cadillac XTS; model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala; and 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. Originally, in May 2013, GM recalled 1,627 model year 2013 Cadillac ATS and model year 2013 Cadillac XTS; and model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles. In October 2013, GM informed the agency that it was adding model year 2013 Chevrolet Sonic vehicles to this campaign , representing an additional 8,050 units. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 9,677. On the affected vehicles, the brake lamps may intermittently flash without the brakes being applied and the cruise control may disengage. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment."
Consequences
If the brake lamps flash when the vehicle is not slowing, a following driver may not adjust vehicle speed when the vehicle is in fact braking, and the brake lamps are illuminating as intended, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the body control module. The recall began on June 13, 2013. Owner's may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339. GM's recall number is 13158.
Potential Units Affected
10,210
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Verano, and Enclave, and Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cruze, and Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever. As such, these vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." They also fail to conform to FMVSS number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Consequences
If a vehicle's shift cable disengages from the transmission shift lever, a driver may be unable to shift gear positions and the indicated shift position may not represent the gear position the vehicle is in. Should a disengagement occur while the vehicle is being driven, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "PARK" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the "PARK" gear position. If the vehicle is not in the "PARK" position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Remedy
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters, free of charge. The recall began on April 10, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-222-1020, Buick owners at 1-800-521-7300, and GMC owners at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number associated with this recall is 14048.
Potential Units Affected
355
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Summary
This defect can affect the safe operation of the airbag system. Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne, 2000-2005 Cadillac DeVille, 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS, 2006-2014 Chevrolet Impala, and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the weight on the key ring and road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine.
Consequences
If the key is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Additionally, a key knocked out of the run position will cause loss of engine power, power steering, and power braking, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will install two key rings and an insert in the key slot or a cover over the key head on all ignition keys, free of charge. The recall began on September 23, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), and 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14299.
Potential Units Affected
3,141,731
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
STEERING
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Impala vehicles. Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and the steering gear and/or the lower control arm and the lower ball joint to separate.
Consequences
If any of the components separate, the vehicle may have a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM began to notify owners on June 27, 2014, and dealers will inspect the fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac) or 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 14378.
Potential Units Affected
106
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, to December 20, 2013. Due to a poor electrical ground connection to the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM), the affected vehicles may have a loss of power steering assist during start up or while driving.
Consequences
If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will clean paint from behind the ground stud nut and update the PSCM software, free of charge. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. The recall began on August 21, 2014. GM's number for this recall is 14330.
Potential Units Affected
57,242
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
STRUCTURE
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured May 7, 2014, to July 28, 2014. In the event of an accident, the center storage console may not stay latched. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 201, "Occupant Protection In Interior Impact."
Consequences
The storage compartment door may not remain closed in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Remedy
Parts to remedy this condition are not currently available. GM will send owners an interim notification in early October 2014, and will send a second letter when parts are available. At that time dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the console storage compartment door inertia latch, free of charge. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14476.
Potential Units Affected
14,940
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
PARKING BRAKE
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to August 22, 2014, and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, to September 2, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged.
Consequences
Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the electronic parking brake software, free of charge. The recall began on October 28, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14471.
Potential Units Affected
205,309
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac XTS vehicles manufactured April 11, 2013, to June 27, 2013, and 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured May 13, 2013, to November 5, 2013. The affected vehicles may have left the factory with the sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) set to "manufacturing mode."
Consequences
In manufacturing mode, the vehicle's air bags will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers are to reprogram the SDM to the correct mode, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 14532.
Potential Units Affected
5
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
PARKING BRAKE
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured November 15, 2012, to May 30, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Systems (FMVSS) No. 135 "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
Consequences
Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the electronic parking brake control module with new software, free of charge. The recall began March 5, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). GM's number for this recall is 15100. Note: This recall covers a limited population of vehicles that were remedied incorrectly under recall 14V-541.
Potential Units Affected
3,660
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac CTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL, and 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Express, Impala, Silverado HD, Traverse, GMC Acadia, Savana, and Sierra HD vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the chassis electronic module may be internally contaminated, resulting in an electrical short.
Consequences
If the module experiences an electrical short, the vehicle could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the chassis electronic module, free of charge. The recall began on December 26, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM¿s number for this recall is 14515.
Potential Units Affected
106,307
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
PARKING BRAKE
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured March 22, 2013, to May 22, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the electronic parking brake piston actuation arm may not fully retract causing the brake pads to stay partially engaged. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Systems (FMVSS) No. 135 "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
Consequences
Brake pads that remain partially engaged with the rotors may cause excessive brake heat that may result in a fire.
Remedy
GM has notified owners, and dealers will reprogram the electronic parking brake control module with new software, free of charge. The recall began on May 6, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15259. Note: The vehicles covered by this campaign were previously remedied incorrectly under campaigns 14V541 or 15V085.
Potential Units Affected
126
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Depreciation
41.4%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$15,937
41.4%
Insurance
$6,565
17.1%
Fuel Cost
$9,659
25.1%
Financing
$2,988
7.8%
Maintenance
$2,449
6.4%
Repair Costs
$472
1.2%
State Fees
$417
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $38,487 What's This?
Value Rating: Below Average