The 2000 Chevrolet Impala is not the same old Impala, but it does pack a great deal of cargo space, moderate style, and affordability into a pretty package. This large sedan offers a great value overall, even if it is not quite what people once expected from the Impala.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Impala LS
This year's Impala is the return of the Impala from 1996, although it is built on top of the front-wheel-drive Chevrolet Lumina platform. In 2001, the Chevrolet Impala will replace the Lumina completely. This new Impala is almost a complete overhaul from past Impalas.
This car comes with nine exterior color options from the factory. Tinted windows give the driver privacy, while blocking the sun from heating the interior. The exterior structure is incredibly well designed, which can be seen by the high safety ratings. The Impala comes standard with 16-inch wheels, four doors, and intermittent windshield wipers. The design is not especially muscular like older Impalas, but it is sleek and smooth on the edges. The large taillights are very obvious from behind. Options include a rear spoiler and keyless entry.
With a moderately-sized interior, the Impala seats six comfortably. There is plenty of cargo space in the trunk, and the rear seats can fold down for extra storage space when needed. The interior comes in three colors, which include light oak, regal blue, and medium gray. The Impala comes standard with an overhead console, rear window defroster, tachometer, cloth seating, remote trunk release, air-conditioner, and an AM/FM stereo system. Options include bucket seats a trip computer, OnStar, cruise control, heated seats, powered heated mirrors, and more. The options can quickly add up in costs, but overall, the Impala is a comfortable ride regardless of extras.
Performance & Handling
This van lacks the muscle of older models, relies on the front-wheel-drive platform found in the Chevrolet Lumina, but still manages to pack great acceleration and speed into a somewhat plain package. The ride is smooth on many roads, but a bit harsh on rougher surfaces. Wind noise is minimal. The Impala LS offers a little extra power with 20 extra horsepower and a 3.8-liter engine instead of the standard 3.4-liter engine.
The Chevrolet Impala comes with few standard safety features, including driver and passenger side airbags, power brakes, and automatic lights. Options include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, OnStar, and front side airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the Chevrolet Impala well during its crash tests with five out of five stars for passenger's side, five out five stars for driver's side, four out of five stars for front-side impact, and four out of five stars for rear-side impact. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Impala an overall ""good"" safety score, with only ""acceptable"" scores for the leg injury categories. Overall, one of the Impala’s best features is an extremely well-built body that provides great safety in the event of an accident.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Impala: 17/29 mpg city/highway
- Six-person seating
- Braking system
- Simple style
You Won't Like
- No V-8
- Resale value
- Simple style
A classic sedan with just enough oomph.
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