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    Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look




    My biggest suprise at first impression was the Impala's look. Its styling is inoffensive clean to the point of being upscale even un-American. unlike Ford with its bland, slow-selling Five Hundred, but unlike Chrysler with its distinctive, cooling 300, Chevy decided to take no risks with the Impala's design. It won't offend, but it will get nods in surbarbia...
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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    Unfortunately I'm not so sure more family sedan purchasers would agree, mbukukanyau.

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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    There is one Impala I saw that I did like, and it was not the SS. I beleive the model just under it, the LTZ?

    It was in Silver, had the chrome stripe running across the back of the trunk, and it had the 17 inch wheels (not the 18's on the SS).

    I personally think that model is the 'sweet spot' with the Impala. All that with a 240hp engine for mid $20,000 range.

    Now only if the transmission was upgraded to go along with this.

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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    This doesn't make sense. You say the Impala's clean design won't offend but it will be accepted in suburbia (aka inoffensive design), yet the Five Hundred is bland? To me, inoffensive and bland are so close to overlapping that they could be considered the same thing.

    To me, the Impala's design is nothing special compared to the Accord or Five Hundred; you could take off the badges off of each vehicle and the average person couldn't tell which car was which.

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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    Quote Originally Posted by jro4566
    This doesn't make sense. You say the Impala's clean design won't offend but it will be accepted in suburbia (aka inoffensive design), yet the Five Hundred is bland? To me, inoffensive and bland are so close to overlapping that they could be considered the same thing.

    To me, the Impala's design is nothing special compared to the Accord or Five Hundred; you could take off the badges off of each vehicle and the average person couldn't tell which car was which.
    You are right, but I think the Impala pulls off the "inoffensive" design better than either the Accord or Five Hundred. I know for sure that the Impala will sell to import intenders/owners if they get a good look at it.

    How do I know this?

    I convinced my friend at work to check one out after he had his eyes on the Maxima, Altima and Accord. He went with his wife and they picked up a new dark silver 3.9L LT3 this past Wednesday. One convert down, many to go, but at least the ball is rolling.
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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    I actually think the Five-Hundred is better looking than both, certainly better looking than the horrible front-end on the Accord that in no way looks "upscale" to me, unless something like a Mitsubishi Galant looks upscale, that is. Upscale is RL, not Accord, but the Impala certainly does look more upscale now than it did before. The Accord's harsh, pie wedge headlights just look too middle class commuter (trying to be a bit trendy) for me.


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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    In terms of looking upscale for the money, I think the 300 has them all beat. And the Five-Hundred (in Limited guise) is right up there too.

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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    The Accord seems to have the upscale features like the LED rear lamps.

    I really don't see the Impala as upscale at all. Like others, the Five Hundred pulls that off very well.
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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    I agree with Ming about the front of the Accord, but somehow I managed to get past that, since I almost bought an '04 Accord - until GM came to the rescue in the nick of time with a $4K Owner Loyalty rebate. I ended up with an even funkier front end, ahem.

    I don't like the 300/Magnum/Charger trio, but they do have lots of upscale style.

    Overall, I really like the '06 Accord's rear end, MUCH classier than the Impala's. I also think the 500 is more upscale looking than the Impala.

    Maybe my problem is that I thought the '00-'05 Impala had style (not all good, but most of it was) and the '06, to me, looks brandless.

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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    I actually like the 2005 Accord's rear styling better ... this new rear makes the Accord look even more bland. It actually looks just as bland as an Impala now, and that isn't exactly a compliment. I actually like the Impala rear more now, it looks more clean and fits the car more.

    With a new Altima and Camry coming, the Accord may totally drop off the radar, styling wise at least. Honda needs to redesign the Accord soon, IMHO.

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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    The Accord Had the taillight styling first. It has been on their coupe since the redesign in 2002.

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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    Originally, the Impala was just a special trim level in the Bel-Air series. Then it became its own line the following year. The SS debuted in about 1961 as a trim only option.

    So, historically, Impala was usually top of the line, just not always the best-equipped in the engine compartment.

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    Re: Impala Edges Past Accord's Upscale Look

    Quote Originally Posted by Mags
    Yeah, the Five Hundred is not a bad looking car when it's done up in the Limited. It still seems a little upright to me...but it's ok. The biggest issue, at least to me, as a 27 year old male, is that it looks like a 55 year old should be driving it...whereas I can picture myself in a 300.

    That probably makes no sense.

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    As a 23 year old male, that makes complete sense.

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    Styling midsize sedans is very much like writing for journalism. In both cases, one must work within sharp constraints. For journalists, it's a limited amount of words and the strict rules of the Associated Press. For midsize sedan styling, it's the need to offend no one. The best journalists and sedans manage to express character in spite of these limits.

    The sedans that come to mind as walking this line perfectly are the original Taurus, the 97-03 Grand Prix (*cough*my car*cough), and the latest Altima. The 300C is of course a success, but it plays by a different set of rules, and also has yet to meet the sales of the above listed vehicles.

    I haven't seen the newest Impala in person, but from pictures, the results seem mixed. They've succeeded in making it look more upscale, but it is far too generic. It might not be more generic than the Accord or Camry but then, it doesn't have the reputation for quality that precedes its Asian rivals.

    One advantage GM has that they are not fully taking advantage of is their multiple brands. I think the Impala's blandness should allow Pontiac and Buick to really go all out with their sedans in effort to grab people in search of niche styling. The new Grand Prix tries to accomplish this, but mostly ends up being ugly. The LaCrosse is even more dissapointing. Why does GM need two ambiguous looking sedans in the same segment?
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