The Chevrolet Impala is a full-size sedan with an impressive history starting in 1958, when its production began. It quickly became the best-selling automobile in the United States, even as Chevrolet’s most expensive passenger car. Production continued through 1985, but toward the end of that first run, sales began to decline. When reintroduced in 1994, it was among much fanfare, but it did not recapture its past popularity and was almost immediately cancelled in 1996. In 2000, the company tried again, with renewed success. While the name carries weight on its own, there really isn’t much to separate it from other full-size sedans.
Body Styles: full-size sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6 flex-fuel, 3.5-liter V-6, 3.9-liter V-6, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Chevrolet Impala LS, Chevrolet Impala LT, Chevrolet Impala LTZ, Chevrolet Impala SS
The 2007 Chevrolet Impala introduces three new engine options, including a more powerful 5.3-liter V-8 engine, and a flex-fuel option. The 2007 model now offers a total of four trim options, including the LS, LT, LTZ, and SS. This year’s Impala also features side curtain airbags, and the backseats now flip and fold down.
Despite having a long history as an iconic and stylish vehicle, all recent Impala models could best be described as plain. Very little about them stands out other than the Impala logo. Unfortunately, the 2007 models continue this trend. All models have large headlights housing three independent lighting units. The hood is long and fairly flat, extending back to the remainder of the cookie-cutter full-size sedan profile. Sixteen-inch wheels come standard on the LS model, with 17-inch wheels on the LT and LTZ models, and 18-inch wheels on the SS models.
The SS model does add a few noteworthy features, including a dual-split grill with a diamond crosshatch pattern and bright exhaust outlets that were inspired by the Chevrolet Corvette.
The 2007 Chevrolet Impala’s interior is roomy and seats five comfortably with front bucket seats. It can also fit six with optional front bench seating. Leather seating is available. The instrument panel is redesigned and wraps into the door panels, this too inspired by early Corvettes. All models except the SS have either a wood-trim or brushed sterling appearance while the SS has a patterned trim panel. The glove box is larger in these models, and the trunk is very large, around 18.6 cubic feet.
Some features include standard OnStar standard, standard manual dual-zone climate control, and an optional remote starter for the climate control. Cruise control buttons are on the steering wheel in all models, but steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls are optional. Also optional are heated and power front seats, plus leather upholstery. There are three stereo levels available; the standard six-speaker CD with MP3 jack, a six-speaker CD player that is upgraded to play MP3-formatted CDs, and the a top-tier eight-speaker Bose system with a six-CD changer and all other compatibility options.
Performance & Handling
All of the Impala’s base engines have moderate to good acceleration, including the flex-fuel version. The SS model achieves great acceleration with its 303-hp engine. Handling is a bit loose, but this is something many Impala drivers like about the vehicle. The ride is very smooth and the suspension is quite forgiving. Maneuvering in and out of traffic and parking may be the only real negatives in the performance and handling category.
Safety features include side curtain airbags, seat belt pretensioners for the front seats, all-disc antilock brakes, available traction control, child-safety features for the second row, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Impala: 18/27 mpg city/highway
- Performance of the SS model
- Roomy interior
- Fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Wind noise at high speeds
- Large blind spot
- Steering does not telescope
- No electronic stability system
A solid vehicle with good power and good gas mileage for its class.
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