2010 Chevy Impala Review
The Chevy Impala carries into 2010 with some minor revisions, and the dropping of the high performing SS trim. The Chevy flagship full sized sedan gets an estimated MPG of 18 City / 29 Hwy. Overall, the Chevrolet Impala is a comfortable and convenient car, practical and enjoyable to drive. It has neat and clean lines with a fresh style that is pleasing to the eye. Three trim levels are available: LS, LT and LTZ. The Impala competes in a class packed with worthy competitors including the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon. For 2010 the LT model gets new standard and optional features for 2010. The Impala is a full-size front-wheel drive sedan capable of carrying up to six people. All trims come with a four-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes front bucket seats, Stabilitrak, and front, side and side curtain airbags. The Impala offers a smooth and quiet ride and a lot of features for the price.
Impala Power for 2010
Engines available for the 2010 Impala include a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 3.9-liter V-6. Both can be had in flex-fuel versions that can run on ethanol-based E85. The 3.5-liter E85-compatible V6 that's standard on LS and LT has variable valve timing and generates 211 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. The 3.9-liter E85-compatible V6 has variable valve timing and produces 233 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. All Impalas come with a MacPherson-strut independent front suspension, with gas-charged struts and a stabilizer bar. The rear suspension uses a multi-link setup with gas-charged struts, coil springs, and a stabilizer bar. LS and LT models come with the softer FE1 suspension, while LTZ has the performance-tuned FE3 setup.
Design of the Chevy Impala
In a class where its easy to blend end with a run of the mill design, the Impala is truly an attractive car. The Impala is longer than the 300 and Avalon and nearly the same width as the Avalon, but it's narrower than the Taurus and 300. As for height, it's taller than the 300 and Avalon but 2 inches lower than the Taurus. The big headlamps have a premium, jeweled appearance with three independent lighting units and are smoothly integrated into the front end. The tail lights are nicely integrated as well. These details complement other quality attributes, such as tight gaps of 3.5mm or less between body panels and substantial grab-style door handles that won't pinch your fingers or snap away from your hand on a cold morning. Flat-blade windshield wipers provide consistent pressure on the glass, which helps eliminate streaking and wind noise. The LS, LT and LTZ are distinguished by exterior trim but share one front end design.
Chevy Impala Cabin
The Impala, as a full size sedan, offers a comfortable cabin with plenty of room in the rear for passengers, although the middle seat would fit a child better. The forward-flipping rear seat cushions reveal a storage tub underneath that can contain spills or transport a variety of items. The tub also serves as a covered storage area beneath the seat with cushions down, and exposes convenient grocery bag hooks when the cushions are flipped forward. The flip-fold seat is available on LS and LT models and standard on LTZ models. The rear seatback folds down to create a pass-through into the trunk. GM's OnStar communication system is standard, and an available Directions and Connections service gives audio turn-by-turn directions from an OnStar operator. A twin-brow instrument panel wraps around into the doors. Impala LS, LT and LTZ models have wood trim, with brushed silver trim a no-cost option on LT and LTZ. The dual-zone climate control system is a snap to use, with large, round control knobs and good markings. It can support up to a 12-degree temperature difference side-to-side. The optional remote engine start system comes with a 200-foot operating range and automatic climate pre-conditioning to warm or cool the interior. The driver information center offers more than 50 different alerts, depending on the vehicle's equipment. The glovebox is large enough to actually hold stuff.
2010 Impala Trim Levels and Options
The Impala LS comes with a 211-hp 3.5-liter V6, a four-speed automatic transmission, cloth upholstery, a front bench seat with six-way power for the driver, dual-zone air conditioning, power windows, programmable power locks, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio with six speakers, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, cruise control, 16-inch steel wheels, a tire-pressure monitor, and four-wheel-disc brakes with anti-lock (ABS) and traction control.Options include an engine block heater ($75), 40/20/40 front bench seat ($195) and a DVD player ($1,735).
The 1LT upgrades to 16-inch aluminum wheels and more interior conveniences. Options include leather upholstery ($1,125) on bench or bucket seats, eight-speaker Bose audio system ($495), sunroof ($900), universal garage door opener ($100), and rear spoiler ($275).
The 1LT Luxury Edition package includes leather trim, an upgraded OnStar with Directions and Connections and Turn-By-Turn Navigation, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, flip-and-fold rear seat, and a rear spoiler.
The 2LT includes the equipment of the previous levels, plus fog lamps, dual exhausts, Stabilitrak stability control system, remote starter, rear spoiler, and 17-inch machined alloy wheels.
LTZ comes standard with the 3.9-liter V6 and the same FE3 performance suspension as the SS model (see below).Inside you'll find leather upholstery, heated seats with eight-way power on the driver's side and six-way power on the passenger's side, upgraded audio with eight speakers, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls. Standard wheels are 18-inch machined alloys with P235/55R18 tires.
Safety features that come standard on all 2010 Impalas include dual front airbags, side-curtain roof-mounted air bags for front- and rear-seat passengers, thorax side-impact airbags, and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and traction control. StabiliTrak is offered for the first time on an Impala and is standard on 2LT, and LTZ. A tire-pressure monitor is standard. Since the new millennium, the modern Impala has served as Chevrolet's main full-size sedan, capable of transporting up to six people. With front-wheel drive and V6 power on most trim levels, the current Impala isn't exactly a tribute to the past, but it does continue the tradition of large, affordable Chevrolet family sedans.