Once Again, We Bid Farewell to the Chevrolet Impala

Once again, we’re bidding farewell to the Chevrolet Impala, a full-size sedan introduced as a Bel Air sub-model for the 1958 model year.

Sure, there have been a few gaps in this model’s lineage, which resulted in earlier farewells, but for the most part, the Impala has maintained its position as Chevy’s flagship sedan. The Bel Air and Caprice are two other models of note, but neither has left as deep and lasting an imprint on the brand as has the Impala.

Shrinking Segment

We’ve been expecting the Impala’s demise for some time, especially as GM reiterates its commitment to utility vehicles and trucks, while gradually exiting most car segments.

The full-size segment has steadily shrunk, especially over the past decade, with the Ford Taurus and Buick LaCrosse among the recently canceled products. The Dodge Challenger, Chrysler 300, and Toyota Avalon remain, but the market isn’t what it once was when nearly every domestic brand was a participant.

The Tenth-Generation Impala

The current and tenth-generation Impala launched in 2014, a front-engine, front-wheel-drive sedan that shares its platform with the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS. When it launched, Chevrolet supplied three powertrain options, including a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with eAssist, which represents a partial hybrid system.

Most buyers, however, considered either the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or the 3.6-liter V6, the latter best suited for this large sedan. With all three choices, power routes to the front wheels utilizing a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2020 Chevrolet Impala

Since its 2014 release, the current-generation Impala has undergone modest changes. In 2015, the eAssist model was dropped due to slow sales. Also, the Impala gained an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi with OnStar. On the other hand, HD Radio disappeared.

From 2016 to 2019, the Impala experienced additional changes, including dropping the number of trims from five to four, then to three. This resulted in package and features shuffling, with some previously optional items made standard.

Two Available Trims

For 2020, the Chevrolet Impala comes in just two trims: LT ($32,495) and Premier ($37,595). Gone is the four-cylinder engine, but that’s not much of a loss. It simply lacks the kick this full-size sedan deserves.

What remains is a 305-horsepower V6 engine that’s up to the task. It provides smooth acceleration and adequate passing power, although it doesn’t approach the bygone Impala SS in performance. Stay away from the 20-inch wheels and you’ll enjoy a smooth ride.

The Impala LT comes with automatic halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights, power heated side mirrors, and 18-inch painted aluminum wheels. Keyless entry with push-button start is standard.

Inside, this trim features cloth and imitation leather-trimmed seats, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, power front seats with driver lumbar control, climate control, a six-speaker audio system with an 8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, satellite radio, and three USB ports.

All models come with 10 airbags. The LT comes with a rear vision camera and makes only certain driver-assist features such as rear cross-traffic alert optional.

Choose the Premier edition and this one has HID headlamps, 19-inch machine-face aluminum wheels, dual exhaust tips, and a remote vehicle starter system. Leather seating, heated front seats, and advanced safety features, including forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and side blind zone alert with lane change alert are standard.

Looking Ahead

With Impala production already ended, consumers will find 2020 models on dealer lots. As of this writing, some 2019 stock also remains. Both model years carry discounts and other incentives.

Looking ahead, Chevrolet plans to keep the midsize Malibu for a few more years. Otherwise, two midsize crossovers – the two-row Blazer and three-row Traverse – are your choices going forward.

We may see other models join the Chevrolet line, including fully electric vehicles larger than the current Chevy Bolt. None, however, will likely carry the sedan layout that once dominated the industry.

2020 Chevrolet Impala Specifications

Chevrolet 2020 Impala
Segment Full-size sedan
Price Range $32,495 to $37,595
Destination Charge $875
Standard Engine 3.6-ilter, V6
Horsepower 305 @ 6,800 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft.) 264 @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Seating 5
Curb Weight (pounds) 3,772 to 3,811
Wheelbase (inches) 111.7
Length (inches) 201.3
Width (inches) 73
Height (inches) 58.9
Head room (f,r…inches) 39.9, 37.4
Legroom (f,r…inches) 45.8, 39.8
Shoulder room (f,r…inches) 57.9, 56.9
Hip room (f,r…inches) 54.9, 54.1
Storage (cubic feet) 18.8
Gross vehicle weight rating (pounds) NR
Towing (pounds) NR
Payload (pounds) NR
Fuel regular
Fuel Tank (gallons) 18.5
EPA Fuel MPG (city/highway/combined) 18/28/22
Manufacturing Plant Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan

Data compiled by Tom Keegan. Specifications supplied by the manufacturer.

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