The 2014 Impala’s open secret: history and quality
Dave Davis, sales and leasing associate at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Buick, called the 2014 Chevrolet Impala “A fun one to drive on the curves up to the Monument.”
Of course, he told me this after I’d driven the Impala, and I took it out on the highway. I didn’t miss the message, though, I still had fun on the drive.
It’s hard not to. The Impala is an impressive looking vehicle, with striking lines that balance the aggressive and the elegant.
Inside, it’s just as striking. An embracing arc is designed into the front doors and dash that swoops over the gauge panel and culminates above the in-dash audio touch screen control (which in turns hides the open secret of storage behind the screen). When I describe it that way, it sounds sort of like “The Da Vinci Code.”
Now that I call it that, I suppose it has similarities (though I didn’t find any albino monks when I opened the trunk). Impalas are well known vehicles, seen by most everyone on the road, popular as workhorses for law enforcement and for fleet services. We see them all the time, but details arise and create interest and drama when we look closer.
Details like the 3.6L V6 engine. A proven engine, working for two years in the Impala lineup before the redesign caught up with it, it balances power (that’s push-you-back-in-the-seat acceleration) with fuel-friendliness (rating at 29 on the highway).
Davis pointed out that he “liked the fact that you can go on a road trip without worrying about fuel.”
On the highway, the Impala reaches small-car quality mileage but wraps it in a large, comfortable cabin, just like the Mona Lisa. Or maybe I’m stretching the metaphor.
Stretching, though, is possible. The 2LT I drove had a comfortable leather-wrapped interior with stylish two-tone seats with accents. The seats themselves were heated (air-conditioned seats are available on some models too, possibly to allude to some hidden secret society’s desire to keep people’s posteriors cool in the summer time).
Regardless, it’s a comfortable space, with plenty of easy-to-use controls, and smart designs that take into mind the way that we live today. One of the very smartest is a phone/MP3 player tray located in front of the center console storage. A handy place to keep your smartphone, the console has a place for the headphone jack and charger cable to run out to plug into the phone. You can keep it accessible without tangling cables all over your gear shift.
I’d make a joke about Da Vinci here, but I wanted to give credit to Chevy for putting such a smart idea into practice.
On the road, the Impala was fun to drive, though I didn’t get to put it through it’s curvy bases, possibly due to some conspiracy, possibly due to the straight roads I drove on.
The secret must be out, because the 2013 Impala was rated the number one car in initial quality by J.D. Power & Associates. You can decide what it means for yourself at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet Buick, 2595 U.S. 6.