A legendary name in the automotive history of the US is here to make some noise, the 2016 Impala. In its tenth generation, first introduced at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the Impala took the right way to be one of the best cars in its class. The success of this car is evident. It has earned Consumer Reports’ Top Score with a score of 95 of 100 points. Would be Impala capable of recovering the American cars’ legacy? Let’s see.
Several things were added from the 2015 model. A trim was eliminated, five new colors were introduced, and tons of cutting-edge features were introduced as well. Already with excellent features, this year is including a wireless charging pad for devices and lane change alert. OnStar connection, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are finally introduced to complete Impala MyLinks’s Smartphone interface.
The 2016 Impala is a fantastic family sedan. It competes with the Ford Taurus and even with more expensive competitors such as Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon. The fuel efficiency is not exactly good for people looking for a cheap car in terms of petrol expenses, so be aware. The styling, comfort, and design are the best features of this car. By the way, in terms of safety, is one of the safest cars on the market.
Let’s review this amazing American Car.
Powertrain and Performance
The efficient engine option is the 2.5 L 4-cylinder, producing 196 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency is acceptable, rated at 22 mpg in city and 31 mpg on the highway.
The bi-fuel 3.6 L V6 engine is something really unique about the Impala. It could work either with petrol or natural gas (CNG). The engine with petrol can produce up to 260 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, with gas the performance is slightly affected, producing 230 horsepower and 218 lb-ft of torque. The EPA in both gasoline and gas are similar. The test rated 17 mpg in city and 25 mpg on the highway for gasoline, 16 mpg in city 24 mpg on the highway for gas.
The fastest and powerful engine is the 3.6 L V6, producing 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency is acceptable for the V6 platform, rated at 19 mpg in city and 29 mpg on the highway. The performance of this car is amazing, going from standstill to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds.
Unlike others competitors, the Impala only offers power transferred to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The ride is impressively comfortable, damped incredibly well on the road. The handling is excellent and the car doesn’t feel as heavy as it really is. The electric steering wheel never feels heavy or slow to react.
Design Line and Interior Features
The exterior is one of the most beautiful in the Impala’s history. A completely redesigned tenth generation allows the Impala to thrive with a sexy and sophisticated presence. It may look heavy and big and it is, but the long hood and modern front rear make the Impala looks athletic and stylish.
The interior is full of luxury and splendid materials. Features like power driver’s seat, cruise control, and split-folding rear seats are included in the standard equipment. The infotainment is powered by a 4.2-inch color display with a 6-speaker setup with USB/auxiliar inputs.
As optional equipment, you can upgrade the infotainment with an 8-inch color screen and incorporate navigation and a rearview camera. Keyless entry, keyless start, heated steering wheel and front seat, Bose surround-sound audio system and 4G LTE feature with built-in Wi-Fi are available on more expensive trims.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Impala is a fantastic option for a family sedan with an impressive performance, capable of satisfying with luxury, room space, and comfortable features. It is a stylish car, so a futuristic and attractive look is mandatory. It’s a great asset for anyone in any circumstance looking for a sedan.
Starting price at US$27,095.