I was quite impressed with the interior build quality of the Impala when I sat in it at the Autoshow. The rear seats had just as much room as the limo like room found in the Passat. Was happy not to see the high belt lines like in the Ford Taurus. Am surprised that the 2.5L is being offered. It is an adequate engine in the Malibu, but predict it will be under strain in a vehicle that weighs 400lbs more. It should be the 2.0L turbo, and the current V6.
The trunk looks bigger than the Lacrosse (biggest downfall of the Lacrosse). When comparing the prices to the Ford Taurus, it is slightly more expensive, but it's hard to judge, since we don't know the features we are getting. When comparing the Impala prices to the Lacrosse, the Lacrosse is bargain, and holds it's resalve value a little better.