As we expect from the big sedan, the 2018 Chevrolet Impala has a smooth ride quality, spacious interior with plenty of space for front and rear passengers, and a trunk which is one of the largest available in the class. It’s also quiet on the highway and has plenty of power when equipped with a V6 engine.
Entering the fourth year of production, this Impala generation continues to receive consistent updates for its equipment. This means it comes with all the technology you would expect from a modern car. The 2018 Chevy Impala also has all base coverage of cruisers with friendly cost without stripping down into packaged features.
Even so, there are still shortcomings. The engine is essentially underpowered, and the thick roof pillars and the short back window obstruct the outward visibility. It’s not a deal-breaker, but there’s another option if it’s not what you want. Toyota Avalon is comfortably ridden, and available for hybrids. There are also valuable Hyundai Azera and Chrysler 300 with big V8 engines. But overall, the 2018 Chevrolet Impala offers a lot of comfort and space, and that’s the most important aspect for car this class.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala is a four-door, five-passenger full-size sedan available in three trim levels: base LS, LT and Premier.
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala LS trim starts with a good selection of standard features. It includes keyless entry and start, 18-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, sound-insulating laminated windows, power-adjustable mirrors, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, OnStar with Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE connectivity, Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen interface, Android Auto compatibility, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports and a six-speaker audio system.
The LT gets you remote engine start, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, interior trim upgrades, dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fore-aft adjustable front headrests, power front-passenger lumbar adjustment and folding rear headrests.
Optional Driver Confidence package for the Impala LT includes rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. The Sunroof and Spoiler package adds a sunroof and rear spoiler. The LT Entertainment Package adds a 120-volt outlet, navigation, ambient interior lighting, an 11-speaker Bose stereo system with a CD player.
The LT Convenience package adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats. Upgrade the Convenience package with the LT Leather Package and adds leather upholstery and a full power-adjustable front passenger seat.
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala Premier includes the LT Driver Confidence, Entertainment, Sunroof and Spoiler packages plus unique exterior accents, 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, leather upholstery, heated power seats and a wireless charging pad.
Option for the Premier is the Confidence Package, which adds lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and 20-inch wheels. The Premier Convenience package adds ground illumination, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, memory settings for the exterior mirrors and steering wheel.
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala LT and Premier also have access to the Midnight Edition Appearance package, which adds black-painted pieces, black-painted 19-inch wheels, special black interior trim pieces.
All the 2018 Chevrolet Impala are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The LS and LT come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 196 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. It also features with an automatic stop-start system that automatically shuts off the engine when you come to a halt to save fuel. EPA estimated fuel economy rated at 25 mpg combined (22 city/31 highway).
Standard on the Premier and optional for the LS and LT is a 3.6-liter V6 engine good for 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. EPA rates this engine at 22 mpg combined (18 city/28 highway). In performance testing, the 2018 Chevrolet Impala with the V6 accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, putting it with the Avalon and ahead of the Chrysler 300 and Hyundai Azera.
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala dynamic and modern exterior in harmony with its interior. The graceful dashboard flows organically to the door panels, creating a luxurious effect that has been a trademark of Chevy lately. The 8 inch MyLink touchscreen for navigation, audio and phone functions connect everything with an intuitive interface, sharp and high-resolution graphics. The integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphones is also present, and both minimize driver distraction. This is a valuable feature compared to the basic LS. Disadvantages only on a rather slow and unpredictable response to touch input, as well as some thin plastic elements on the center console.
The 2018 Chevrolet Impala good wheelbase provides spacious front and rear spaces. Four tall people can travel with perfect comfort, something to expect from a large sedan. The luxury and wide front seats offer a wide selection of coatings, including upholstery options, including cloth, a cloth/leatherette combination and leather. The standard 60/40 split folding back seat adds a useful additional cargo space to the sufficient 18.8-cubic-foot luggage.
Release Date and Price
As with some of the other models in the lineup, Chevrolet is expected to release the 2018 Impala sedan in the fourth quarter of this year, putting them on showroom right around the holidays. It will compete against the 2018 Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera and Kia Cadenza.
The 2018 Chevy Impala sedan Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $29,000 for a base LS model. About $31,000 for recommendable LT trim. At the top, Impala Premier starting around $37,000 and past the $40,000 with optional equipment.