Chevrolet introduces a new engine for the 2012 Impala that returns 300+ horsepower and manages 30 mpg on the highway. This should come as good news to those looking for a sport sedan that returns decent fuel efficiency. Keep reading to review new specs, features and changes for the 2012 Chevy Impala.
New Engine: 2012 Chevrolet Impala
Last year the Chevrolet Impala was available with two different V6 options. This year, the engine lineup gets streamlined to a single, more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 302 horsepower. In comparison, the upper-tier 2011 V-6 engine mustered a total of 224 horsepower.
Despite this significant boost in power, the Impala maintains its previous mileage figures. Compared to the base 211-hp V-6 from last year, highway miles jump 1 mpg, while city miles drop 1 mpg (bringing EPA figures to 18 mpg city and 30 mpg highway). Compared to the 224-hp V-6 model (17 mpg city and 27 mpg highway), the current engine is considerably more efficient.
Other Changes: 2012 Chevrolet Impala
Chevy is currently holding off on making big changes to the Impala until the introduction of the next-generation 2014 model. However, a few small changes do help the 2012 Impala distinguish itself from the outgoing model. Besides the bolstered power plant, the Impala also receives minor changes to both the front and rear fascia. However, it is likely that the average driver won't notice much of a change unless he or she is really paying attention.
A few new package upgrades are also available for the new Impala. These include an OnStar and Bluetooth package for the LS model, as well as sunroof, OnStar and Bluetooth option packages for the LT model.
Safety: 2012 Chevrolet Impala
Chevy's solid list of standard safety features return for the 2012 model year. All 2012 Impala's come complete with antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, side airbags, side curtain airbags and OnStar telematics. While exterior design changes may alter new rankings, the similarly styled 2011 Impala received a best-possible ranking of "Good" in front- and side-impact crash tests.
Pricing and Release Date: 2012 Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet has yet to release an official MSRP for the Impala. However, with the larger engine it is likely there will be a slight increase in price over last year's $24,495 base MSRP. The standard LS model will come with such features as keyless entry, automatic headlights, cruise control, air conditioning, power driver seat and six-speaker stereo. The mid-level LT model adds keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth.
Top-of-the-line LTZ models will also come standard with a luxury-tuned suspension, leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels and eight-speaker stereo.