About the 2019 Chevrolet Impala

The 2019 Chevrolet Impala represents one of a small cohort of full-size mainstream sedans. Its bold style is just as appealing as it was when the current model rolled in 2014. The Impala has a comfortable interior and supplies a great ride. It could use more active safety tech, however.

Chevrolet Impala
The full-size Chevrolet Impala sedan.

Updates for 2019

The 2019 Impala is nearly identical to last year’s model. This year’s base price is $145 higher than last year. The cost for the other two trims rises by $100 each.

Shopping for a 2019 Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet gives us the Impala, which is large, but it isn’t bloated like the traditional sedan models we saw back in the 1990s. It truly fits five people, although some tall passengers may find the sloping roofline too close for comfort. Its trunk measures a very roomy 18.8 cubic feet, large enough to hold several sets of golf clubs or a week’s worth of luggage.

The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 197 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. A small engine in such a large car may seem out of place, but it is adequate, although uninspiring. We think upgrading to the available 3.6-liter V6 which generates 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque is the better choice. It has responsive acceleration. Both engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to the front wheels.

When it comes to fuel economy for the two engines, the base engine is the most efficient. The engine is rated by the EPA to get 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 combined. Moving up to the 3.6-liter V6 brings fuel economy ratings of 19/28/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Chevrolet Impala

Three Trims to Consider

Chevrolet offers the 2019 Impala in LS, LT and Premium trims. The market for full-size sedans is reduced to a few players, including the Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300.

Another model to consider is the Nissan Maxima, but it is similar in size to the midsize Nissan Altima. The Buick LaCrosse is a premium model that shares its platform with the Impala.

2019 Chevrolet Impala LS

The LS trim costs $28,895 (all prices include the $875 destination fee). Standard features include halogen headlights, 18-inch steel wheels and 10 airbags. This model comes with cloth seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. You’ll also find Chevrolet’s infotainment system radio with an 8-inch color touch-screen display and Apple CarPlay compatibility. OnStar and 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi is included. Chevrolet allows LS shoppers to upgrade to the V6 engine for $1,095.

At this trim level, Chevrolet offers just one package. An All-Weather Mat Protection Package ($200, with premium all-weather floor mats and a cargo area all-weather floor mat) is the lone choice.

Chevrolet Impala

2019 Chevrolet Impala LT

The LT carries a starting price tag of $31,395. Building on the base trim, the LT adds such features as 18-inch painted aluminum wheels and heated side mirrors with embedded turn signal indicators. Other features include two additional USB ports and Bluetooth audio streaming. Again, Chevrolet allows LT shoppers to upgrade to the V6 engine for $1,095.

You’ll find no less than seven package options with the LT, including the All-Weather Mat Protection Package offered in the base trim.

The LT Entertainment Package ($835) adds ambient lighting, a 120-volt power outlet, Chevrolet MyLink with navigation and an 11-speaker Bose audio system. An LT Convenience Package ($875) brings in the power outlet, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and floor mat and carpeting upgrades. The LT Leather Package ($1,195) adds leather seats and a power front passenger seat.

A Driver Confidence Package ($495) includes rear park assist, rear park assist and side blind zone alert with lane change alert. The Midnight Edition Appearance Package ($1,595) adds aluminum sport pedal covers and blacked out trim. A Sunroof and Spoiler Package ($1,275) is self-explanatory.

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2019 Chevrolet Impala Premier

The SLT trim is priced at $37,595. It pulls out all the stops as it comes with the V6 engine only. You’ll also find HID headlights, 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels, and a dual exhaust outlet. The Premier has perforated leather-appointed seating, heated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat and access to more driver-assist safety features.

You’ll find four packages with this model. The two exclusive to this trim include the Premier Convenience Package ($935), which brings in heated side mirrors, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. You’ll also find the Premier Confidence Package, which adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, lane departure warning, forward collision alert and adaptive cruise control.

Buyer’s Choice

Our pick is the LT trim with the V6 engine. We’d also recommend the Driver Confidence Package and the LT Convenience Package.

Unfortunately, if you want the top safety features, including forward collision alert and adaptive cruise control, these items are part of a package available on the costlier Premier trim only. Further, it doesn’t come with emergency braking with full stop.

Chevrolet Impala


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Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan has maintained his love for cars ever since his father taught him kicking tires can be one way to uncover a problem with a vehicle’s suspension system. He since moved on to learn a few things about coefficient of drag, G-forces, toe-heel shifting, and how to work the crazy infotainment system in some random weekly driver. Matt is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association and is a contributor to various print and online media sources.