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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Chevrolet Impala Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Chevrolet Impala Overview

The Look May be Different, but the Name Still Stands for Value

The Impala name means something to car folk, especially car folk over 40 years old. It's a name that came to life in the 50's and over the next three decades quickly became synonymous with power and style. Not as hefty as the last car to wear the Impala name, the new Impala is still a big car. It has plenty of room inside for passengers and cargo and with its bench seat, can accommodate up to 6 persons. Though it shares its name with the fire-breathing Impala SS of just a few years ago, the current Impala has a V6 in place of a V8 and is pulled around by it front wheels, not pushed by the rear.

The Impala is definitely laid out with the family in mind. Its interior is wide, with thickly padded seats that are as comfortable as a living room sofa. The interior plastics could do with a bit more polish, as it was easy to find trim pieces with different shades of the same color. The dashboard is functional, with large over-sized gauges that are easy to read both day and night—even the headlight switch has a giant light bulb next to it to indicate its function.

While the interior may or may not appeal to you, the drivetrain certainly will. The optional 3800 V6 still packs a lot of punch for a pushrod, 12-valve engine—hey, maybe it does have something in common with the Impala's of old after all! The standard 3.4-liter V6 delivers a less than inspiring performance but will save you adding $1000 to the MSRP. Suffice to say, for an old engine the 3800 V6 can still hold its own against many of the newer, overhead cam V6 engines. The handling is pretty decent for a car of this size, though the front-wheel drive layout is susceptible to understeer and plowing (a front-wheel-drive car's tendency to continue moving forward when the wheels are turned). Even if you push the Impala past the bounds of common sense, the traction control will always kick in to help stabilize the situation.

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