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The 2017 Chevrolet Impala: What the Critics Say


The Chevy Impala is certainly one of the most enduring full-size sedans in the market. Now in its tenth generation—which is amazing in and of itself—the 2017 Chevrolet Impala still hasn’t shown its wrinkles. In fact, Chevy has done a good job of adding a dash of freshness to a model that kicked off its claim to fame around the same time Eisenhower became president. It offers a seriously impressive combo of roominess, sophisticated style, and handling, all of which make it one of the best cars for the money.


But don’t just take the McCarthy word at face value. Here are some critics’ thoughts about the Impala, a sedan so distinguished it borders on being a national treasure.

The Impala Looks Good in a Suit

“Today’s Impala is sexy [and] there’s a bit of Mercedes CLS in its rear quarters…” – Marty Padgett, The Car Connection

“The Impala’s dynamic, modern exterior writes checks that its interior is pleased to cash.” –

“No longer a wallflower sitting on rental lots, this latest-generation Impala full-size sedan is striking.” – Matt Degan,

Available in LS, LT, and Premier trims, the 2017 Chevrolet Impala is powerful yet polished, like you’d imagine the offspring of a Camaro and a Malibu to look like. The front grille and fender are split in two; the top portion makes good use of the xenon headlights and Chevy emblem, while the bottom half houses the subtle fog lamps. The lengthy hood progresses naturally up the front window and curves into the car’s husky rear. A tilted spoiler flips out, drawing attention to the classic bumper and contemporary dual exhaust outlets. Wrapping around the sides are lines that flow like the tide into the rear doors and handles, accentuated by a splash of chrome along the bottom.


A Charming Interior

“With the new generation of the Impala, Chevrolet has turned over a completely new leaf that provides a downright luxurious interior. Everything from the gauge cluster to the center stack and center console looks modern and sophisticated, with a layout that is simple and makes finding controls a simple task.” –

“The 2017 Impala’s portfolio starts with its roomy interior. This is one of the main reasons to consider this class of car, and compared to a typical midsize sedan, the Impala gives rear passengers plenty of space to stretch out.” –

“Chevy deserves kudos for its supportive front seats and easy-to-reach buttons and knobs to control audio and climate functions, in addition to the 8-inch touch-screen display found in LT and Premier grades.” – Matt Degan,


Some notable features found inside the Impala include dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and seating, USB ports, auto-dimming mirrors, wireless charging, and the MyLink infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen—draw the screen up and you’ll find a nifty little storage compartment that’s perfect for sunglasses—that is colorful and robust in its layout. The seats are comfortable, especially for the driver, who gets access to driver memory settings and extensive amounts of lumbar support. Heated steering wheels and seats are useful features, particularly for drivers who have to deal with our Kansas City winters. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are always a plus in any vehicle, and with the Impala’s voice-controlled audio and 11-speaker Bose stereo systems, it’s easier than ever to kick into gear with a road-trip playlist.

Incredible Performance & Composed Handling

“The Impala will keep your crew comfortable with its impressively smooth ride over bumps and low levels of wind and road noise on the highway. This is a restful, serene road tripper on long hauls.” –

“On the road, the Impala is a sleek, athletic performer. Handling and comfort balance at just the right point for a car of this size. The ride’s damped extremely well, even on the biggest 20-inch wheels and tires, and the Impala’s electric steering never feels overly heavy or slow to react.” – Marty Padgett, The Car Connection

“The V6’s relatively swift sprint to 60 mph only tells part of the story — when you punch it at cruising speed, the engine responds with real authority.” –

All 2017 Chevy Impalas come with a six-speed automatic and FWD. Two engine options are available: the 2.5L four-cylinder with 196 horsepower and a 3.6L V6 with 305 horsepower. Standard in the Impala LS and LT models is the 2.5L engine, which is rated at 22 city and 31 highway mpg. It comes with an automatic stop-start system to save even more fuel during stop-and-go traffic. The V6 is optional on the LS and LT, and standard on the Impala Premier. Its EPA ratings come in at 22 mpg combined.

The ride is more than comfortable, and sound is insulated well at highway speeds. Taking corners feels fluid in both the steering wheel and seats, and there’s some noticeable zip with the V6-equipped Impala. It packs more than a punch, but rather a wallop as the RPMs soar. Brakes feel responsive, proved by Edmunds’ recent testing that had the Impala going from 60 to 0 in just 114 feet, which is an “excellent result for the segment.”

Just Say Yes to the 2017 Chevrolet Impala

The Impala isn’t just the most recognizable name in its class, it’s also the most reputable—and has been for decades. Now, with the 2017 model, the Chevy Impala is ready to take on the competition with its perfectly groomed head held high. How can you resist a handsome mug like that?

If you’re in the market for a new full-size sedan, look no further than the 2017 Chevrolet Impala from your Kansas City Chevy dealer, McCarthy Chevy Lee’s Summit. With a large selection of Impalas, as well as other new Chevy models and other pre-owned cars, we’re one of the largest new and used car dealerships in Lee’s Summit. Find out how you can drive home in a new Impala today! Just call us at 816-200-0908, or visit our showroom at 945 SE Oldham Parkway. We’re conveniently located near Kansas City, Independence, and Blue Springs, so stop by today!




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