The Impala has been a staple of Chevrolet for decades. However, for the past several years it seemed to fall behind in the minds of Chevrolet and became a bland outdated ‘ho hum’ of the auto world. Instead of refreshing the Impala years ago, they let it stagnate apparently content with rental, fleet and government sales to keep it afloat.
Well, Chevrolet has finally redesigned the Impala for 2014 and has attempted to bring it up to date in every category. The exterior is all new, the interior and technology behind it is all new, and it sports several new power plant choices. However, is it enough to bring it back into the consumer consciousness and out of the rental car lot? The body redesign shows definite improvement with a mix of aggressive angles and smooth lines. The interior has finally been modernized and you can now get the Impala with a new 303 horse power 3.6L V6. However, what is still missing is real character. There is no word of an SS model, and even though they come from the same parents do you really need to still make it look like a poor man’s Buick? I hope this new make over is successful for the Impala and prompts yet even more tinkering. With the Taurus SHO selling very well, the CTS-V melting asphalt from coast to coast and plenty of 4 door Hemi powered demons running around every where you look, it sure would be nice to see an Impala SS skulking around with some attitude.