Although the 2004 Chevrolet Impala is a virtuous vehicle, it doesn't quite live up to the ideal set before it. But that fact shouldn't write it off as an option for those looking for a sedan. The base comes equipped with a V-6 engine paired with an automatic transmission and seats six comfortably. The SS bumps up the horsepower and the sport appeal.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Impala LS, Chevrolet Impala SS
In its second year, the 2004 Chevrolet Impala takes its name from Chevrolet's past. The only changes from the 2003 model include redesigned bench and bucket seats in the base and LS. A sport appearance package becomes available on the base sedan. Chevrolet adds the SS (Super Sport) to the lineup. It packs 240 horsepower and a tightened suspension to take corners a bit more aggressively.
The 2004 Chevrolet Impala resembles the midsize Malibu sedan from the front and sides but deviates from that resemblance in the rear styling. The rear has a full-width panel enclosing four rounded taillights. The Impala measures 200 inches long overall, which falls slightly short of its two of its key rivals. The SS features high-performance wheels and tires and a sport-tuned, four-wheel independent suspension.
The 2004 Impala classifies as a full-size car by the Environmental Protection Agency's spaciousness standard. The 2004 Chevrolet Impala has an interior volume of 104 cubic feet, and the trunk offers 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space. It has a split front bench seat, which makes room for six occupants in the base. The LS has front bucket seats and offers additional cargo space with a split rear seatback that folds down. The large controls look well-lit and make night-time driving easier. Tall, wide doors assist easy entry.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Chevrolet Impala base comes equipped with a 180-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6. The LS contains a 200-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6, which also provides an option for the base. All engines pair with a four-speed automatic transmission. The SS draws power from a 240-horsepower, supercharged, 3.8-liter V-6. Decent acceleration even comes with the smaller engines. The 3.8-liter V-6 may be the optimal choice with quieter yet stronger performance and its enthusiastic passing ability. Shifting is barely noticeable with the excellently operating transmission. With a more solidly built feel to it than some GM sedans, the LS has a light touch for steering. The SS has a well-balanced feel to its steering and sharp handling.
The 2004 Chevrolet Impala features anti-lock brakes, all-speed traction control, and a tire-inflation monitor standard in the LS or the 3.8-liter engine base sedan. A driver's side-impact airbag provides optional equipment while daytime running lights and LATCH child safety seat tethers come standard. In crash tests, it makes a very good showing, receiving five stars in the head-on collision category, but it doesn’t do quite so well in the IIHS's five-mph bumper testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Impala: 19/29 mpg city/highway
- Six-passenger seating
- Good crash test scores
- Torque-filled V-6 engines
You Won't Like
- Vague steering
- Cheap interior
A very reliable sedan worth consideration.
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