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2006 Chevrolet Impala SS

2006 Chevrolet Impala SS

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The original Chevrolet Impala Super Sport was a trendsetter, and from 1961 through 1969 the nameplate adorned some fast-and-fantastic Chevy hardtops and convertibles. But as classic muscle peaked, interest in full-size performance gave way to luxury.

Chevrolet Impala Midnight

Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition

Presented here is an unedited press release from Chevrolet issued today. 

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced today it will sell a special edition blacked-out package for the Chevrolet Impala based on a concept shown at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

2015 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

Consumer Guide’s test Chevrolet Impala arrived in topline 2LZ trim. With destination, our test car came to $38,690. 

Consumer Guide Test Drive2015 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ V6

Class: Large Car

Miles Driven: 182

Fuel Used: 9.0 gallons

Driving mix: 80% city, 20% highway


“MAMA” approves of the Chevrolet Impala, at least for family duty.

The Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) recently announced the recipient of its 2014 Family Vehicle of the Year award. The staff of Consumer Guide Automotive is proud to be part of that organization, and to have taken part in the voting for this year’s award. Presented here is the unedited press release that accompanied this year’s award announcement.


The Midwest Automotive Media Association Names Chevrolet Impala the 2014 Family Vehicle of the Year

2014 Chevrolet Impala

Impala is all new for 2014. A top line 2LTZ is shown here.

2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

Miles Driven: 452

Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway

Real-world fuel economy: 21.0 mpg

1977 Chevrolet Impala

1977 Chevrolet Impala

I’ve written some about key events on my journey to becoming a car guy. One event was asking my father about the 307 badge on his Nova, and a decade or so later came my being hired to work at a service station. A somewhat less momentous—though still significant—incident fell in between those events, in the autumn of 1977.


2014 Chevrolet Impala

Transforming the Chevrolet Impala from a midsize to a large car on a new platform for the 2014 model year brought with it the opportunity (if not the need) to completely alter the exterior styling of the brand’s flagship 4-door sedan. Toward that end, designers integrated updates of current Chevy appearance cues with a few gentle nods to the nameplate’s long history.

1962 Chevrolet Impala SS

1962 Chevrolet Impala SS

Note: This article is reprinted from the October 2012 issue of Collectible Automobile.

First impressions are always the strongest, they say. That would be one very good explanation for why Tony Garcia owns the 1962 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport pictured here.

2014 Chevrolet Impala (front), Impala Walk Around

The front ¾ view of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala highlights the sharp body side crease just below the beltline and the subtly flared-out wheel openings. The hood depressions give the car a slightly more muscular vibe.

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is still a year or so away from arriving in dealerships, but we’ve got a bit of a “sneak peek” right here. At a recent automotive press event at the Road America racecourse in Wisconsin, Chevrolet had a pre-production 2014 Impala on display, so we took the opportunity to fire off some quick snapshots. This was a static-only display (our first drive of the new Impala won’t happen until the end of 2012 or very early 2013), and unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to sit in the interior or pop the hood and trunk. However, we were able to soak in the exterior styling details.

2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 Chevrolet Impala

The Chevrolet brand has several long running nameplates: Suburban, Malibu, Camaro, and Caprice. to name a few. Lately, it has been a bit easy to overlook another: Impala. One reason is that the current Impala hasn’t changed much since 2006. And even when it was new, it wasn’t exactly exciting.

Of course, excitement and sales are often two different things. Chevrolet says in 2011, the company sold more than 171,000 Impalas, making it one of the top-selling cars in America. A large percentage of those were sold to fleets, including more than a few to my hometown police department. Still, a sale is a sale.

Today’s car rides on a front-drive chassis that at least dates to the 1988 Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Regal, and Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Remember the Lumina? It used this same basic chassis, too. For 2012, Impala received GM’s well-regarded 3.6-liter V6 and a 6-speed automatic. These were welcomed updates, but the old soldier clearly could use a fresh start.

Chevrolet has been working on a new Impala, and the redesigned 2014 model was introduced today at the New York Auto Show. It remains front-drive, but it switches to the basic chassis used on the Buick LaCrosse.