CHANGES FOR 2014:

– Redesigned model.

Chevy fans, rejoice! There is now a full-size model from the bowtie brand that won’t be automatically relegated to rental lots or corporate capital expenditures. The Impala is all new for 2014 and, in some ways, we prefer it to the Taurus and 300. It’s now a car one can be proud to own instead of a purchase requiring justification. Available with two four-cylinder and one V6 engine, there’s also lots of choice for motivation.

The Impala can be had with one of three engines: the base 2.5L DOHC four-cylinder engine, a mid-range 2.4L DOHC inline-four with eAssist mild hybrid system, or a full-bore 3.6L V6 engine. All engines are mated to one of two six-speed automatic transmissions. Trim levels are LS, LT, and LTZ.

Features on the LS include 2.5L ECOTEC four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch steel wheels, airbags (front, front seat, driver/front passenger knee, rear seat-mounted outboard, side curtain) OnStar, content theft alarm, electronic immobilizer, four wheel disc brakes with ABS, body-colour door handles, automatic headlights, body-colour power heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, electronic single-zone air conditioning, air filtration, cruise control, floor mats, driver information centre, power locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescopic steering wheel with Bluetooth/cruise/audio controls, power windows with driver auto-up/down and auto-down for all other windows, front passenger seat power height adjuster, 8-way power driver seat, premium cloth seating surfaces, 60/40 split/fold rear seat with centre armrest, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with 4.2-inch screen and auxiliary input, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, and centre console USB po

LT trim adds dual exhaust (hidden), 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, 4-way power passenger seat, premium cloth/leatherette seating surfaces, Bluetooth audio streaming, Chevrolet MyLink with motorized 8-inch display to access hidden storage, SD card slot, and three additional USB ports.

LTZ trim adds forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, visible dual exhaust, remote starter, chrome door handles, LED daytime running lights, HID headlights, bright chrome window surround, park assist, backup camera, 19-inch aluminum wheels, keyless entry, push button start, cargo net, 8-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, and leather seating surfaces.

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