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2005 Chevrolet Impala Review
An affordable family car with efficient power.
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The class of full-size cars is still one of the most popular and, of course, most widely available throughout North American car market. These vehicles tend to offer a perfect mix of fuel economy and just enough interior room to comfortably fit the average-sized family. They do not have enough overall space for larger groups of people on long road-trips or for expansive quantities of luggage and equipment, but these full-size family sedans are great for day-to-day driving. It became very common for a standard family to own a full-size car for at least one of the family vehicles. In fact, It's so popular with the average driver, which means that the market is very wide in terms of the sheer number of full-size family sedan options. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Impala was always one to stand out in a vast crowd.
The Impala originally began as a trim setting on the full-size Bel Air coupe and convertible in the late 1950s. However, once it turned into a stand-alone model, the Chevrolet Impala grew to a very popular vehicle in the manufacturer's line-up. It continued to be a tribute to affordable family sedans everywhere even though the overall design changed over the decades to fit more trendy styles. It is complemented by a small, but efficient, V-6 engine so that owners can reserve fuel but still have plenty of power. However, the Impala falls short in terms of total refinement and drivability.
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6, supercharged 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: Four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Impala LS, Chevrolet Impala SS
As the Chevrolet Impala underwent a massive redesign for the eighth generation released in 2000, the 2005 Impala has a set of rather conservative alterations. OnStar Assistance is now standard on all Impala models, which helps to boost the technology factor of the interior. Also, a new Sport Appearance Package is available as an optional feature for the Impala base model. Other changes for the 2005 year are restricted to simple trim updates.
The exterior of the 2005 Impala is very similar to previous eighth generation models. This set of Impala models is focused more on being a conservative design. The horizontal headlights perfectly fit into the front the car, which are balanced with a simple grille highlighted by a single chrome bar and Chevy's signature symbol. While the oldest Impala vehicles tended to focus on its large size, the 2005 version is more about creating smooth, flowing lines.
While the outer looks might be considered boring to some lovers of unique car styles, the interior can easily win over someone wanting base functionality. Since the car seats six passengers rather than the standard five, the 2005 Impala has an edge over the competition. However, the rest of the interior is a bit of a let-down. Cheap plastics compose the interior elements, and the designs are rather bland. The SS model does get a bit of a perk in the form of new gauges that are on the sporty side while the other models completely fall short.
Performance & Handling
The Impala Base model is powered by a 3.4-liter V-6 engine, which can produce 180 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque. The LS model gets a boost to a 3.8-liter V-6 that generates 200 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. Both of these lower models are controlled by a very responsive four-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the SS model receives a supercharged version of the 3.8-liter V-6 engine that jumps to 240 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. In order to handle the extra power, the Impala SS utilizes a heavy-duty version of GM's four-speed automatic transmission.
Both the LS and SS models feature standard anti-lock brakes and traction control, which are optional elements on the base form. A side airbag is only available for the driver and is an optional feature on all models. One of the primary selling points of the 2005 Impala is its safety scores. In government crash testing, the Impala receives a perfect five-star score for the driver and front passenger in frontal impacts. It receives four stars for side impacts.
EPA Fuel Economy
2005 Chevrolet Impala LS: 18/27 mpg city/highway
2005 Chevrolet Impala SS: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- Seating availability
- Safety ratings
- Strong V-6 engine
You Won't Like
- Low-quality interior
- Flimsy suspension on base models
- Vague steering
An affordable family car with efficient power.
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