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(Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review #4483899
08/09/17 03:47 PM
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glock19 Offline OP
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This past weekend we rented a car to drive up to the family cabin on Lake Ontario. The car we received was a Chevrolet Impala LT 6 cylinder. Overall, I walked away from the car pretty impressed. It had plenty of power, a smooth/quiet ride, was comfortable, had tons or rear passenger and trunk space, and handled surprisingly well for such a large car. My only major complaint is kind of a puzzling one: despite being an LT trim and having Android Auto/Apple Car Play, Sirius XM, etc... it didn't have a backup camera (which would have been greatly appreciated with the poor rear visibility).

Pros
  • The V6 puts out 300hp which really gets this car moving.
  • Smooth, quiet ride.
  • Huge backseat. At 5'11" I'm able to sit behind the front seat with it all the way back and still not hit my knees. It also swallowed up a rear facing car seat behind my driving position.
  • The trunk should easily fit suitcases or golf clubs for 4 passengers.
  • Android Auto/Apple Car Play.
  • Pretty well mannered for a large, front wheel drive car.
  • Comfortable seats.
  • Exterior design (subjective, but I think it looks good).


Cons
  • Rear visibility.
  • No backup camera.
  • Only partial power seats. Power lumbar and tilt, but manual track adjustment.
  • Funky dashboard design.
  • The engine compartment looks like a nightmare for DIY work.
  • Finally, a really small personal gripe: I don't like the steering wheel design. It looks weird to me.









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Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4483903
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Alas,if sales continue as they are,Impala is doomed to be dropped in the next couple years.

Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4483907
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I'm with you on the wheel and dash, ewww.


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Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4483913
08/09/17 04:11 PM
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The water looks cold. My sil is from Kingston, I have cousins there, TO and Ajax.
Thanks for the child seat photo. My point exactly with the Canyons and Colorado CC trucks.
It depends on who is driving which side the rear facing seat can go.
If both parents are taller than 5'4", they will need a bigger car or truck.

Last edited by userfriendly; 08/09/17 04:11 PM.
Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4483923
08/09/17 04:21 PM
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Steering wheel reminds me of 1980s Chrysler.

Somewhere in the bowels of Government Motors they must have a lot of K cars posted up on an inspiration wall... smirk

Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4483928
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Exterior styling is very nice, interior dash looks like its out of a weirdo-spaceship, not nice at all. Under the hood is unfortunately all shrouded under plastic, i hate that!


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Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4483932
08/09/17 04:38 PM
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Thanks for the review.
thumbsup

I am surprised they wanna can this car, given the positive reviews received from the general public.


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Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4483945
08/09/17 05:08 PM
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Texas (south)
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I would refrain from buying an Imapala. We have one. Was only good when it was brand new (less than one year old). By now it is just a time bomb. Worst reliability I have ever seen in a sedan. It is second to our old Ford Aerostar.


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Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4483947
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In the Garage...
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In the Garage...
I don't like the steering wheel. The Caprice has a much different one and the Malibu's is similar to the Caprice's.

I like the dash. It is similar to that in both my other Chevrolets.

Caprice

Malibu


I find it nicer than the Toyota rentals I have had.


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Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4483952
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Somewhere
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Steering wheel is a design nod to the 70's rectangle in the center Chevy used to do



It's a looker from the outside. Nor sure about that dash though.

Last edited by itguy08; 08/09/17 05:13 PM.
Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: ls1mike] #4483976
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glock19 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: ls1mike
I don't like the steering wheel. The Caprice has a much different one and the Malibu's is similar to the Caprice's.

I like the dash. It is similar to that in both my other Chevrolets.

Caprice

Malibu


I find it nicer than the Toyota rentals I have had.


I should clarify, I like the front of the dash and the controls layout. What I really didn't care for was the two tier design in the top of the dash that swoops into the door panels.


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Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4483982
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How about the mpg.... The mpg man smile

Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: AirgunSavant] #4483989
08/09/17 06:00 PM
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glock19 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
How about the mpg.... The mpg man smile


Looking back at my gas receipt it looks like 29 mpg including some "spirited" driving.

Last edited by glock19; 08/09/17 06:01 PM.

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Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4484008
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Originally Posted By: glock19
Originally Posted By: AirgunSavant
How about the mpg.... The mpg man smile


Looking back at my gas receipt it looks like 29 mpg including some "spirited" driving.


Nice! Thank you!

Re: (Pic Heavy) Chevy Impala Rental Car Review [Re: glock19] #4484037
08/09/17 06:41 PM
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My wife put 250,000 trouble free miles on her Impala before we sold it. I give it 2 thumbs up.


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