Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Carryover powertrain plus a few new faces

Initially, the Impala will feature a carryover powertrain from the 2013 Impala, the 3.6 L V6. Power is up 5 hp and 2 lb-ft bringing the totals to 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available in the Impala is a six-speed automatic. Chevrolet claims a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds for the V6 and that seems accurate. There is strong pulling power both in the city and on highway. It is more than enough for this vehicle, even when shuttling three adults and their luggage. Fuel economy is essentially unchanged for the V6 at 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

A second drivetrain has just begun production and will join the V6 shortly. It is a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine producing 196 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. It too is coupled to a six-speed automatic and Chevrolet expects 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with this set-up. Later this year, GM’s 2.4 L eAssist powertrain will join the Impala lineup as well.

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala will begin at a base price of $27,535 with V6 editions starting from $30,760.

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  • Mike

    Why would you get the 4 cylinder, the mileage is too small?

  • Mike

    I meant mileage difference.

  • Paul

    Really? 2014 and GM are up to 19 or 21mpg in a floaty, slab sided barge. Review desperate to like it and even then, they can say that the handling is not as embarrassingly bad as it used to be. Styling is hopelessly dated to my eyes. Looks like a 1990’s Saab. How can GM hope to stay in business, producing mediocrity like this? Fake stitching and an aftermarket looking screen stuck on the dash board. At least it’s cheap I suppose.

  • Zbigkid

    You could always buy an Audi, and have it stuck in the shop most of the time. And pay 25% more for a german engineered machine.