Compare Dealer Clearance Prices and SAVE
2001 Chevrolet Impala Review
Doesn’t measure up to its older models.
Reviewed by Automotive on
The 2001 Chevrolet Impala is a full-size sedan manufactured by General Motors (GM). The Impala nameplate has been used since 1957 when it was first launched as a convertible and hardtop. There were some gaps in production, with the last gap in production starting from 1996 and ending with the launch of the 2000 model.
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Impala LS
The Impala was recently resurrected and made the largest car in production by Chevrolet. The 2001 model remains the same as that of the previous year, which was also its debut year.
The 2001 Chevrolet Impala has an overall length of 200 inches, making it just a little shorter than the midsize Chevrolet Lumina. However, the car has a slightly larger wheelbase at 110.5 inches. The Impala is significantly shorter than the Dodge Intrepid and Ford Crown Victoria, which are two of its biggest competitors.
The 2001 Chevrolet Impala has standard interior equipment like a rear defogger, power windows and locks, rear-seat headrests, a Radio Data System stereo, and air-conditioning with dual front temperature controls. The onboard clock adjusts itself automatically when crossing time zones and an OnStar system is available as an option for the base model and as a standard for the LS model. The Impala has an interior volume of 104.5 cubic feet, which puts it at par with the EPA measurements of a full-size car. The Chevrolet Lumina, on the other hand, offers 100.5 cubic feet of space inside.
The base model gets a split bench in front, which pegs the car’s rated passenger capacity at six occupants. The LS model gets front bucket seats and a split, along with a rear bench with a split seatback for additional cargo space. The controls are not stylish, but they are conveniently placed and well-lit. The front seats are comfortable and roomy with lots of legroom and headroom. The rear seats have enough legroom and headroom for tall occupants, but the seat itself is a bit too narrow for three large passengers to sit comfortably.
Nevertheless, entering and exiting the vehicle is a breeze. The flat-floor trunk boasts of an additional 15 cubic feet of cargo space without taking into consideration the additional space available with the rear bench folded down.
Performance & Handling
The Impala’s base model has a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine under its hood, delivering 180 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 205 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The higher end models get a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 200 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 225 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. Both engines are mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. With a curb weight of around 3400 pounds, the Impala is quite light, and this gives an edge to its performance. Acceleration is good with both engines with the 3.8-liter engine offering faster passing responses and stronger takeoffs. The automatic transmission works well with both engines, offering quick, smooth, and effortless gearshifts.
The engines remain relatively silent unless they’re pressed, which causes the car to lose its smoothness and refinement. The standard Ride and Handling suspension system that comes with the 3.8-liter engine takes on and absorbs most bumps with ease. The base suspension, on the other hand, is able to only withstand smaller bumps. The Ride and Handling package offers reduced body lean and better control than the base arrangement. However, the base models still offer good steering feel, balance, and good grip. The car offers good stopping power, even though the pedal feels a little numb.
The 2001 Chevrolet Impala is designed keeping occupant safety in mind, which is why the car meets head protection standards for 2003 in advance. The car is equipped with side airbags, as well as tethers in the rear seat that can firmly hold a maximum of three child safety seats. Daytime running lights come standard with the Impala. The car received a full five-star rating in terms of driver and passenger safety during frontal impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA. The NHTSA also conducted side-impact collision tests, for which the car got four out of five stars in terms for driver and rear passenger safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Space for six passengers
- Strong brakes
- Energetic V-6 engines
You Won't Like
- Uninspired styling
- Lack of a V-8 engine option
Doesn’t measure up to its older models.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Buick Century
- Dodge Intrepid
- Ford Taurus
- Mercury Sable
- Oldsmobile Alero