Chevrolet's Impala receives fresh exterior styling for 2006, with new front and rear fascias, headlamps, and tail lamps. Suspensions have been retuned and ABS and traction control systems have been enhanced. Under the hood resides an all-new family of 3.5L and 3.9L V-6 engines with variable valve timing for LS, LT, and LTZ models, while the SS model features a 5.3L small-block V-8 with Displacement on Demand technology to increase fuel economy. Inside, the instrument panel and controls have been updated, the rear seats now flip and fold (on select models), dual-stage front and side-curtain air bags are now standard fare, as is OnStar telematics. New options include Nuance leather seating and a factory-installed remote starter.
Chevrolet's Impala sedan is available in four trim levels: base LS, uplevel LT, luxury LTZ, and the sporty SS. Power comes from a family of V-6 and V-8 engines, new this year, with the LS and LT models receiving a new 3.5L that produces 211 hp. Standard in LTZ and available in LT models is a 242-hp, 3.9L V-6 with variable intake technology. The Impala SS comes with a 303-hp, 5.3L small-block V-8 with Displacement on Demand technology, which regulates between eight-cylinder and four-cylinder operation to increase fuel economy.
Major standard amenities include a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack and six speakers, dual-zone climate control, simulated walnut interior trim, cruise control, rear window defogger, automatic programmable door locks, OnStar telematics, remote keyless entry, a remote vehicle starter (except LS), and a theft deterrent system. Notable options include XM Satellite Radio, a Bose premium audio system, Leather Nuance seating surfaces with front bucket seat heaters, brushed metallic instrument appliqu, a power sliding sunroof, engine block heater, choice of alloy wheels, and heated outside mirrors on the SS.
Safety features include standard OnStar telematics, front occupant dual-stage air bags and side-curtain air bags, seat belt pre-tensioners, and a tire pressure monitoring system for Impalas with 17- and 18-inch wheels. All Impalas come with four-wheel disc brakes, and a new ABS system is standard on LTZ and SS, and available on LS and LT models. The system also includes Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and a traction control system is optionally available.
Impala competes in the Large Conventional segment, consisting of 14 (mostly Domestic) models. Buyers in this class are looking for value and modern safety features, in a slightly larger package.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM Impala was the best-selling model in the segment for 2005, selling 246,481 units, 100,000 units more than the Chrysler 300 (144,048). The Pontiac Grand Prix, with 122,398 units, was third in sales for 2005. Other notable contenders with sales greater than 75,000 include the Ford Five Hundred, Toyota Avalon, and Nissan Maxima.
|LS||4 speed automatic||$20,330||211-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||21/31|
|LT w/3.5L||4 speed automatic||$20,830||211-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||21/31|
|Police||4 speed automatic||$23,130||242-hp / 3.9L 6-cyl||19/27|
|LTZ||4 speed automatic||$25,830||242-hp / 3.9L 6-cyl||19/27|
|SS||4 speed automatic||$26,330||303-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl||18/28|