The first thing you need to know about the latest Impala is that it’s one hell of a large sedan. It’s definitely one of the best on the market, and, thanks to a superior design, tech savvy and decent powertrain Chevy managed to get a strong grip over the segment. You’ve got the full-size basics, including a super spacious interior with enough leg and headroom to fit a mammoth in those back seats and an even roomier cargo “block” that can take in not only a mammoth, but also a hippo and an elephant. The Chevrolet Impala 2016 is in the 3rd year of production and it’s still a superior pick. Speaking of the technological side I gotta mention that the latest Impala is all about keeping up with the latest developments, as opposed to the previous editions that couldn’t really boast any kind of tech-geek packages. All the trims but the entry-level trim come standard with the mighty MyLink infotainment system with a beautiful eight-inch touchscreen, which is all about user-friendliness and offers an intuitive interface that’s pretty responsive but can sometimes take a second or two to process your requests. I won’t say that it’s super frustrating, but you will have to get used to it.
Safety Tech And Powertrain Specs
As for the safety equipment, the Chevrolet Impala 2016 can definitely be called one of the safest full-size sedans on the market. You’ve got blind-spot monitoring, forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, (automatic) emergency braking, and more as optional features. In crash-testing the car performs exceptionally, with top picks and high ratings altogether. When it comes to the powertrain, the drivers have a choice between two engines: The entry-level LS and 1LT trims come standard with a 2.5-lit 4-cyl engine that’s good for 196 HP and 186 lb-ft of torque. Fuel-efficiency is decent – the latest Impala returns 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 22MPG in the city (25MPG combined), which is pretty solid for a large sedan (they are known to sip on that fuel quite heavily), plus, there’s this automatic stop/start system that shuts down the engine every time you stop the car for additional efficiency. It’s a FWD (front-wheel drive), and all trims levels come with a 6-speed automatic transmission (aha, no manual is available).
Chevrolet Impala 2016 – Strong With The V6
On the other hand, if you want the ultimate experience with the Chevrolet Impala 2016, I recommend going with the higher levels. The 2LT and 2LTZ trims come standard with a mighty 3.6-lit V6 that’s capable of 305 Horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. Efficiency is a bit low, but pretty decent as well (28MPG hwy/18MPG city – 22MPG combined). As for acceleration, the V6-equipped Impala can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in healthy 6.4 seconds, and that’s a better than average result. The closest rival is the Toyota Avalon, which performs similarly strong on the race-track. Wait, that’s not all for the engines: Chevy promises to deliver a dual-fuel edition of the V6 that can operate on traditional gasoline and/or on CNG (compressed natural gas). The tank will hold 7.8 natural gas gallons, and that can power the car for about 150 miles. The engine will put out 260HP and 247 lb-ft of torque. Fuel-efficiency is a bit poor: 19MPG combined (24 hwy/16 city).
One Of The Best On The Market
If you’re interested in the competition, then you gotta check out the aforementioned Toyota Avalon. It’s considered by many experts to be the best in the segment (you’ve got the company’s trademark reliability, fun driving experience and good looks; and there’s a hybrid edition available, too). Next, there’s the nicely-equipped Azera from Hyundai, the Cadenza from Kia, and, of course, the Chrysler 300, which is the most stylish one of the pack. Finally, the Genesis from Hyundai (yep, this is the second strong competitor on the market) is a 100% classy car, with premium material quality and impressive tech savvy.
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