2012 Impala Rated 30 MPG Highway
Civilians will get 302 HP and 30 MPG highway.
July 17, 2011
By: Nick Saporito
Back in February GMI broke news that the 2012 Chevrolet Impala would get a minor tweak and new 3.6-liter V-6.
After confirmation from GM on the tweaks to Chevrolet's aging sedan, GM published that the 2012 Impala with police package, a perennial favorite of police agencies in the U.S., would be rated at 27 MPG highway.
The announcement led to questions as to whether or not the 2012 Impala, devoid of the "old" push-rod V-6's, would be rated higher in retail trim. As it turns out, it will be.
The 2012 Impala ditches two push-rod V-6's, the 3.5-liter and 3.9-liter, in favor of GM's new 3.6-liter V-6 with 302 horsepower. 2012 also marks the first year in which the Impala sports a modern six-speed automatic transmission.
According to the EPA's website, the government agency will be rating the 2012 Impala at 18 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. The 2011 Impala 3.5-liter and 3.9-liter were rated 19/29 MPG and 17/27 MPG respectively.
According to GM, the 2012 Impala in police guise is good for a 0-60 MPH time of 6.6 seconds. It's not clear if that figure is accurate for the retail car or not.
The revised Impala will be competing with Ford's revised 2013 Taurus, which is estimated to be rated at 31 MPG highway with Ford's 2.0-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder.
Production of the 2012 Impala has already began at GM's Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant.