by Tony West and Sommer Thornton
Chevy must have heard fans loud and clear the past few years. The 2014 Impala is completely redesigned with an athletic new look and a sexy interior. While the new Impala still whips like a heavy Chevy, design cues add efficiency, agility, and luxury flair.
The Impala is alot like Magic Johnson on the Lakers- fast, resilient, and dependable with stylish execution. For 2014, Chevy kept all that character and added a ton of modern features. Now the bestselling full-size sedan is unstoppable.
Head-turner at Every Turn
Everywhere the 2014 Impala LTZ went there were gawkers. Fans of the new Impala were stunned by the makeover. Parked next to a 2012 Impala, the 2014 Impala LTZ looks like a Cadillac. Coves at the doors replace the former stout body. And the 2014 Impala LTZ has standard HID headlights with LED daytime running headlamps and tail lamps.
The new Impala LTZ has chrome door handles along with chrome accents inside. I’m a big fan of the ice blue interior lighting. And of the LED stripe that wraps from the door panels through the center console around to the passenger door. The 2014 Impala LTZ comes with a super cool sunroof with rear skylight and a 6-window “greenhouse” effect that lets in abundant sunlight.
Where the Impala previously lacked that gentleman’s appeal, the 2014 model addresses at every turn. The interior of the 2014 Impala LTZ is a leather trimmed, ice blue, tech-advanced man cave. The combination of the Mojave leather interior with the dark wood grain and chrome accents gives the LTZ’s interior an upscale look. The 2014 Impala is roomy, with 39.8 inches of legroom in the rear and 45.8 inches of legroom in the front. And the sleek wraparound design of the dashboard adds the illusion of more legroom. The LTZ comes with heated and ventilated front seats as part of the $1,000 optional Comfort and Convenience Package. The Comfort and Convenience Package also adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear view mirrors.
Impala Regains its Mojo on the Road
Just because the 2014 Impala has sophisticated luxury features doesn’t mean it’s lost its mojo. The 2014 Impala offers 3 powertrain options. A 3.6 Liter V6 comes standard with the LTZ and is said to be the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in a full-size sedan. The V6 has an output of 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. Lightweight engine components save 13 lbs. The second option, a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine with Ecotech has an output of 196 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Lastly the Ecotech 2.4 Liter 4 cylinder engine with 182 horsepower has eAssist that helps it gain a combined EPA of 35 mpg’s. All three engines are matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The dual exhaust 2014 Impala has no restraint with acceleration. Flooring the heavy Chevy sends it from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds. Macpherson strut front suspension and rear 4-link suspension enhance stability with acceleration. Electric Power Steering with Pull Drift Compensation make steering more fluid, while electric variable assist saves fuel by drawing energy only when the steering wheel is turned. The heavy Chevy gets up, but was a little harder to control than I expected. The disc brakes didn’t help to tame this beast.
New Lux and Tech Inside and Out
The 2014 Impala isn’t the best mobile man cave just because of its spacious leather interior. It’s also because it has the latest technology for luxury, comfort, entertainment, and safety. The driver has a 4.2 –inch color instrument display with configurable dash info like battery voltage, average speed, tire pressure, and coolant temperature. The steering wheel has buttons for voice command, audio, cruise control, and the driver’s dash. The 2014 Impala LTZ comes with keyless entry and remote start.
Chevy borrowed a few cues from Cadillac’s CUE system for the MyLink infotainment system. The MyLink logo greets drivers on the instrument cluster and on the 8-inch touchscreen when they sit in the car. Buttons for the driver and passengers are very functional and user friendly. An 8-inch color touchscreen features MyLink technologies that enable apps for music, navigation, infotainment, as well as connecting with smartphones via Bluetooth or USB connections. Voice command was enhanced to now enable control of media and navigation with only one or two commands. Behind the 8-inch touchscreen sits a neat storage area. And there’s an optional valet mode that gives you a removable pin activated faceplate. Standard is dual-zone climate control with 60/40 folding rear seats.
The 2014 Impala has radar technology and cameras that aid safety features in alerting drivers to impending danger – intervening if necessary. Radars on the front and side of the Impala aid crash imminent braking, adaptive cruise control, side blind zone alert, and the rear cross traffic alert. A camera in the front and rear of the 2014 Impala detects an impending collision and activates safety features like the forward collision alert, lane departure warning system, and assists with parking. The 2014 Impala LTZ also comes with rear park assist, hill hold/ start assist, and 10 airbags. Features like Stabilitrak, electronic stability control, traction control, and electronic brakeforce distribution all aid the Impala with maneuvering and stopping in various road conditions.
The 2014 Impala is a new classic again. Enduring features like roominess, luxury, and a powertrain that cuts through the wind are upgraded with youthful flair and a sophisticated cabin. The 2014 Impala LTZ is sexy, cool, and stylish. Chevy hit this one out of the park. Dare we say, the 2014 Impala LTZ is one of the nicest fully loaded American-made cars under $40,000.