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|Safety Features||Antilock brakes||Standard|
|Adaptive cruise control||Standard|
|Entertainment||MP3 CD-enabled sound system||Standard|
|Memory card slot||Standard|
|Drivetrain Technology||Electronically controlled suspension||Standard|
|Communication||OnStar or other roadside assistance system||Standard|
|phone interface Bluetooth||Standard|
The good: 2014 Chevrolet Impala LT has an engine of 305 horsepower and V6 as well as a ride which emphasizes the comfort over any sportiness. Standard system of MyLink infotainment boasts full sources of digital audio array.
The Bad: System of MyLink is sluggish in responding to and inputs, and so was navigation portion. The packaging forces a lot of unneeded options on the buyer.
The Bottom Line: This might seem to be one sports sedan that’s high-strung, but the 2014 Chevrolet Impala LT tends to be all about having its driver pampered with comfortable ride and without breaking bank. The latest MyLink tech is not best in its class; still it gets its job done.
When it’s parked along any strip mall, 2014 Impala happens to be more memorable compared to any Accord or Camry, more menacing compared to Taurus and Mazda6. Speaking stylistically, this comeback appears to be off to some pretty good start.
The New System Of Mylink Infotainment:
Going back to the year 1958, Impala is the 2nd oldest nameplate of Chevrolet, so it’s amusing that this is that model which ushers in newest MyLink infotainment tech generation of Chevrolet.
The touch-screen 8-inch cabin technology package does check many right boxes as long as customization and connectivity are concerned as well as leaving much room for the expansion down this line. For instance, icons on home screen could be reorganized with holding and then dragging just as one could on the smartphone. When more features tend to be added, main menu does expand to the several home screens which could be then swiped between.
One gets access to 3 USB ports out of box — 2 in center console with one behind touch screen that’s motorized and that rises at a button touch to reveal cubby hole meant for the sunglasses. Also, there’s slot for SD card, one auxiliary analog input of 3.5mm, Bluetooth for the audio and also calling hands-free, Satellite Radio SiriusXM, and the HD Radio. One could also get control of Internet Pandora Radio app with some connected smartphone.
OnStar system of telematics should be remembered too that’s now totally integrated in infotainment system, along with coming with a 6-month trial meant for all services, including remote services as door unlocking, directions by each turn and the concierge services.
There is also one full-color, small information display within this instrument cluster which provides at one glance the access to calling info hands-free, vehicle settings, navigation directions and much more by using the controls of steering wheel.
Additionally, the system is quite sluggish between the inputs and sometimes, quite unresponsive. However, most heinous of the laggy bit associated with MyLink system is navigation system that’s optional.
Creature Comforts, Options And Packages:
Out of box, Impala 2014 is quite well-equipped, though it is the options which truly characterize experience of cabin tech — forming its greatest weaknesses as well as strengths.
For instance, package of LT Navigation is option worth $1095 which adds, well, the navigation to system of Chevy MyLink, and keyless entry as well as start with push-button. Interface does look good and every menu and option is logically laid out.
However, like rest of MyLink system, navigation system tends to be laggy and sluggish. Hitting map button on entering this car, one has to wait while one blank map loads and get populated with the streets, then the 3D buildings. When searching for some destination, sometimes many seconds can go by till one is allowed to begin inputting the terms of search.
But, one other way is also there: voice command. When either onboard voice system of recognition is concerned or the OnStar destination entry is involved, speaking to car is usually accurate and quite faster compared to poking at the screen.
This package of LT Convenience worth $940 is weird collection of the options which adds rear camera that’s with dynamic lines of trajectory and the distance markers, one proximity sensor at rear which beeps audibly as one approaches people or obstructions, remote start, one home remote that’s universal for the openers of garage door, and trunk mats and floor.
Premium package of audio is one other odd pairing that’s of one system of Bose 11-speaker surround audio as well as wheels of 19-inch for $1140.
Package of premium seating is the check box worth $945 that does add power adjustment that’s 8-way and the heated seats in front for passengers of the front which almost matches standard power driver seat.
Finally, there is package of Advanced Safety which adds the monitoring of blind-spot, alert for cross-traffic at the back, warning of lane departure, and warning of forward-collision to suite of Impala of active technologies of safety. It’s a bit disappointing to find cruise control which is adaptive and wasn’t this package’s part. Then again, the common FCW systems happen to be radar-based. The package would add cost of $890 towards bottom line.
Such packages all are dependent upon each other within one chain of the prerequisites. One couldn’t get any Navigation package that comes without package of Premium Audio, that one cannot get without Seating package, that one cannot get without Safety package, that one cannot get without Convenience package.
It’s Performance And Power:
On road, V6 3.6L engine feels quite competent in the effortless and laid-back way.
Through wonder of the direct injection of gasoline injection, V6 outputs around 305 horsepower as well as torque of pound-feet up to 264, sending the power through automatic 6-speed transmission on the way to front wheels.
Transmission does lack sport program, though it does have goofiest mode of manual shift: one rocker switch on top of shift lever which, when gets triggered with thumb, it upshifts and downshifts.
One thing that’s quickly noted when one gets behind Impala wheel is the electronic system of power-steering that’s ridiculously over-boosted. This results in steering that’s absurdly light though also lacks semblance of the road feel.
Maybe this sedan is notably easy in driving it around town, while exploring limits of tires’ adhesion tends to be less important compared to being capable of dancing around parking lots and potholes without muscling wheel.
The Pricing And Conclusion:
2014 Chevrolet Impala starts at around $29,950 when it comes to the V6 model that’s well-equipped already, though there’s also cost of $5,010 that’s in packages and options. Also, there is $810 when it comes to destination charges which bring us towards the tested price $35770.
Anyway , more annoying the navigation system is, one can probably skip this option of $1,095 and invest money into the continuing OnStar navigation that’s for each turn beyond the 6-month trial, that drops the Impala price below mark of $35K.