1996 Chevrolet Impala

  • 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS Sedan

    SS Sedan

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      5.7L V8
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1996 Chevrolet Impala Review

One tough package.

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The 1996 Chevrolet Impala is considered by many to be a collectable car. Small but important changes like the movement of the shifter to the floor and the addition of the tachometer made an already attractive package even more appealing. A 5.7-liter V-8 engine provides power of 260 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, the kind of output that is highly desirable under the hood of a good-looking package. However, it only experienced a three-year run in the 1990s. Moreover, it seems to be one of GM’s better products that shut down far too early.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engine: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Impala LS, Chevy Impala LT, Chevy Impala SS

What's New

The 1996 Chevrolet Impala adds a tachometer and center console mounted shifter this year. Already a good looking and great performing vehicle, the Impala provides a dream vehicle at a dream price.


The 1996 Chevrolet Impala adds dark cherry and dark green grey as paint color options for the exterior. The car appears intimidating with standardized big 17-inch alloy wheels and a monochromatic paint job, while the exhaust hums an alluring tune to the motor enthusiast. Other standard features include a rear spoiler, intermittent windshield wipers, and tinted glass.


The 1996 Chevrolet Impala's seats are leather-trimmed but all too reminiscent of the Caprice police car with few frills and even less comfort. The tachometer and floor mounted shifter improves the look and performance aspect of the interior. Standard features include bucket seats, a center console, AM/FM and cassette player, air-conditioning, and a power driver's seat. Optional equipment can include a CD player and a power front passenger seat. Regardless, it still leaves a lot to be desired.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Chevrolet Impala gives the option of a 5.7-liter V-8 delivers power and large brakes, which help provide reliable stopping time. It's capable of generating 260 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. Power is well reined-in with this stylish vehicle. In addition, the sport tuned suspension minimizes the impact of uneven roadways to passengers.


The 1996 Chevrolet Impala includes four-wheel disc brakes, a transmission cooler, and higher-output electrical system. These features provide the vehicle with better capabilities for overheating prevention and minimize electrical system issues. Standard features include driver and passenger front airbags and power brakes with optional equipment that includes automatic on/off headlights and an auto-dim rear view mirror.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Impala LS: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Impala LT: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Impala SS: 15/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Handling
  • Price tag
  • Power

You Won't Like

  • Last year of production
  • Interior similar to Chevrolet Caprice

Sum Up

One tough package.

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