The 2002 Chevrolet Impala is a front-drive, full-size family sedan that is in its third year of production since the eighth generation was re-introduced in 2000 after being out of productions since the mid-1990s. It's has four doors and is available in two trim levels and seats up to six adults comfortably. It's built on the same platform as the Lumina and has two different V-6 engine options. The launch saw very minor changes in comparison to the 2001 model.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Impala LS
The 2002 Chevrolet Impala only saw minor updates. Changes to the base model included the addition of dual-zone climate controls and a stereo with a cassette player as standard. LATCH child seat anchors were added as standard safety equipment in both models. Finally, a new Sport option package and two additional exterior paint colors were also added.
The 2002 Chevrolet Impala's basic design and style is shared with several other sedans manufactured by GM including the Oldsmobile Intrigue, Pontiac Grand Prix, the Century, and the Regal from Buick. From the side, it can easily be mistaken for the smaller Chevrolet Malibu, but from the rear, there are distinct design cues that set the sedan apart. Large circular taillights give the rear a more dramatic appearance than its counterparts. Sixteen-inch wheels also come standard.
The 2002 Chevrolet Impala can seat five or six adult passengers depending on the model. The base model is equipped with two bench rows of seats, and the front row has a 60/40 split. Both rows can accommodate three passengers, whereas the upscale LS has bucket seats in the front row, and a split rear bench seat that folds down to increase cargo space.
The 2002 Chevrolet Impala is clean and easy to use, while the straightforward layout of the instrument panel and console features large and easy-to-read gauges, a simple climate control, and audio system controls. Standard features include air-conditioning, dual-zone climate controls, power windows and locks, and an audio system. The OnStar system is standard in the LS and available as an option for the base model.
Performance & Handling
Each trim line of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala comes with a different V-6 engine. The base model is equipped with a 3.4-liter V-6 that provides 180 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque. The LS model has a 3.8-liter V-6 that produces 200 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission available for both models is a four-speed automatic transmission. Power from the smaller 3.4-liter V-6 engine is adequate for acceleration, while the 3.8-liter V-6 is very good, both from a stop and when passing on the highway. The transmission is smooth and responsive, which helps both engines in performing that much better. Steering and handling are good for this big car. It's relatively agile for its size and corners well, both within town and at speed. It's well balanced and stable, and the tires limit body lean when cornering. The ride is relatively smooth, although there are better ones available.
The 2002 Chevrolet Impala LS is equipped with anti-lock brakes, traction control, a driver side airbag, and a tire pressure monitor system as standard, and optional on the base model. It received top scores for front crash testing, while it earned four out of five for side impact crash test scores.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Impala: 19/29 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Impala LS: 17/27 mpg city/highway
- Passenger and cargo room
- Good safety scores
You Won't Like
- Run of the mill styling
- Dull interior
Ordinary full-size family sedan with good gas mileage and a roomy interior.
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