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    2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    Had a 2017 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.6 this weekend to give one a good long hard look



    Here is a little review with pros and cons-

    Pros-

    Ride/handing/steering and braking are a marked improvement over my 2013 W-body Impala
    Cabin is very quiet- engine noise is drastically improved over the 3.6 W-body cars and wind rush and road noise are well muffled. This is a great long distance cruiser
    Seat comfort is good with basic vinyl/cloth setup but a tad too firm on the seat bottom
    Interior room is good save one thing -see below
    18 alloy wheels are perfect size for this car and I like the 2016/2017 versions better than the 2014/2015
    Rear air vents were a nice touch
    Std sound system much improved over W-body Impala
    Controls and touch screen was generally easy to use and understand
    Power from 3.6 was more than sufficient and the 6 speed shifted better than in past editions of this car. 0-60 times worked out to 6.4 seconds with 3 test runs
    Trunk space is generous
    Fit and finish were nearly flawless


    Cons-
    Gas mileage on this rental car was poor but it only had 1567 miles when I picked it up so I think it will improve. Around town saw only 17.4 with one highway run at 24.6
    The center console is wider than it needs to be and makes the front feel a little confined
    The vinyl/coarse texture fake cloth base LT seats feel a bit cheap and the seat bottom could use a little more padding for long trips. This is one area the old W-body was better with more pleasant feeling cloth and softer bottoms
    A few missing features for the near 32K asking sticker price. Auto day night mirror, remote start, backup camera, carpeted floor mats and rear parking assist should be included at this price level.
    Too much black in the interior. What happened to the nice wood trim that the 2014's had? The overly dark black wood and piano black in the doors looks too sombre and there needs to be some other color contrast such as dark grey etc
    Non visible exhaust outlets make the back look cheap


    Price as tested- Impala 1LT V6 $31735
    Options on car- 3.6 SIDI V6
    Exterior paint color- black
    Interior color- jet black
    Miles on rental- 1567

    Notes-

    Overall I enjoyed this Impala rental and would put this car high on the list if you're in the market for a nice driving long distance cruiser. It is improved in most ways over the old W-body and the Epsilon chassis is sublime. The 3.6/6 speed automatic find a better home in this car than in the W-body also with smoother and quieter operation more befitting your top sedan. Power is more than adequate and the 6 speed shifted much better than my 2013. It was also refreshing to see such good build quality with no glaring errors and an overall feeling of a long lasting solid car. I would wish for a little slimmer center console and nicer seat material like Buick uses with more cushioning and more std equipment at these price levels however. Note that Kia's Cadenza includes nice leather seats, exposed rear exhaust outlets, a std V6 and 8 speed automatic, LED headlights, keyless ignition, backup camera, heated steering wheel, an 8-way power passenger seat, more std safety features and a longer warranty for basically a thousand more!

    Overall the current Impala is a very competent car but GM needs to stop letting things wither on the vine. it shouldn't take until the next redesign to switch over to the newer 3.6 and 9 speed that the Lacrosse will use for 2018. There should be more features being added for the prices being charged for this car and the convenience package should be made std on the LT trim level with no price increase!
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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    Thaxx, poncho. Good write-up.
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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    Ford also Cramped the front seats in the Taurus. A hard one to figure out.

    The reason one buys a Full Size over a Mid Size is for Room and Comfort. I remember the Impala being the last hold out for a Split Bench, not that anyone sat there, but the room was important for many.

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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    Quote Originally Posted by InCogKneeToe View Post
    Ford also Cramped the front seats in the Taurus. A hard one to figure out.

    The reason one buys a Full Size over a Mid Size is for Room and Comfort. I remember the Impala being the last hold out for a Split Bench, not that anyone sat there, but the room was important for many.
    I have to say that the Impala is better on this front than the current Taurus but both need to slim down there center consoles. I can do a write up of my friends former 2014 Taurus Limited with AWD but it would get dinged right off the bat for front seat space, weight and mileage and the rear visibility was poor.

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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchoman49 View Post
    I have to say that the Impala is better on this front than the current Taurus but both need to slim down there center consoles. I can do a write up of my friends former 2014 Taurus Limited with AWD but it would get dinged right off the bat for front seat space, weight and mileage and the rear visibility was poor.
    I had a circa 2010 Taurus rental. I was amazed at how Ford had managed to take the airy, open-interior, reasonably-footprinted and -appearing 500 and turned it into a bloated road hog while simultaneously compressing the interior into compact class.

    Not a bad day's work!
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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    Quote Originally Posted by InCogKneeToe View Post
    Ford also Cramped the front seats in the Taurus. A hard one to figure out.

    The reason one buys a Full Size over a Mid Size is for Room and Comfort. I remember the Impala being the last hold out for a Split Bench, not that anyone sat there, but the room was important for many.
    This is a major problem I have with the new Lacrosse. Now, It is a bit higher priced than what I usually pay for in a car, but when it first came out and I saw the Specs, I thought I MIGHT have to look at one and it just MIGHT be something we consider. As you said, the reason I would buy a full-sizer like the Lacrosse is for a lot of extra room over a mid sizer.

    Well, take a look at a Lacrosse up close. MAYBE it does have a tad bit more room in the front as a typical midsizer..but if it does..it isn't much. The center console is SO wide and takes up SO much room that, to me...it actually looks more cramped than a mid-size Malibu or Accord.

    Mid-Sizers are very competitive. If I am going to consider a full sizer (and I MIGHT actually consider one), it needs to give me MORE headroom and MORE visibility (a bigger greenhouse and more height) and MORE room inside in every way than most midsizers. To me, that Impala does that to a small extent (but not enough) and the Lacrosse doesn't really do that at all.

    If I wanted a car with a little extra height to it...one that is easy to get in and out of WITHOUT being a crossover...what are the choices out there that automakers offer? Do a quick Google search for "2008 Taurus dimensions" and you'll see it is 62" tall. The new Lacrosse is listed as 58" tall. To me, 2 inches less height is a big deal....almost 4 inches and they vehicles aren't in the same class. I would LOVE to see a mid or full size car, not a crossover, but a car to be available with a smooth V6 and 60-62" in height...but the industry is going the other way with EVERYTHING they call a sedan.
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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    I think the 500 is right up your alley mjd.

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    DIMENSIONS

    Exterior
    Length 200.7/5,099
    Width 73.7/1,873
    Height 60.1/1,527
    Wheelbase 112.9/2,867
    Track width, front 64.6/1,640
    Track width, rear 65.0/1,650
    Ground clearance 5.1/130
    Fuel capacity 19.0 gallons/72.0 liters
    Interior
    SAE passenger volume 107.1 cubic feet/3,032 liters
    Headroom
    1st row 39.4/1,001
    2nd row 38.6/981
    Shoulder room
    1st row 57.9/1,470
    2nd row 57.6/1,462
    Hip room
    1st row 54.2/1,376
    2nd row 54.1/1,374
    Leg room
    1st row 41.3/1,048
    2nd row 40.9/1.040
    H-point height
    1st row 22.7/577
    Trunk volume 21.0 cubic feet/595 liters
    Total volume 128.1 cubic feet/3,627 liters
    WEIGHTS (in pounds/kg)
    Base curb weight
    Front-wheel drive, six-speed 3,643/1,652
    Front-wheel drive, CVT 3,664/1,662
    All-wheel drive, CVT 3,815/1,730
    Maximum towing capacity 1,000/455
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    Wheelbase; 112.9 Vehicle length: 202.9

    Vehicle width (without mirrors): 76.2

    Vehicle height at curb; 60.7

    Track width, front/rear; 65.3 / 65.5

    INTERIOR

    Headroom: Front row 39.0 Second row 37.8

    Legroom: Front row 41.9 Second row 38.1

    Shoulder room: Front row 57.9 Second row 56.9

    Hip room: Front row 56.3 Second row 55.8

    WEIGHTS AND CAPACITIES (pounds unless otherwise noted)

    Total passenger volume 102.2cu.ft.

    Total interior volume 122.3 cu.ft.

    Luggage capacity 20.1 cu.ft.

    Maximum towing capacity (properly equipped) 1,000

    https://www.fordtaurus.net/specs/201...ifications.php
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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    I have talked with a lot of Officers, while they are picking up the Cruisers. When they switched from the Vic/Charger, to the Taurus/New Charger.

    Most like the Handling of the Taurus the Best, even Power turns which they use to have to do with RWD, the AWD can turn around on a 2 Lane rd. without fishtailing.

    But None of them like the Seat Width, even with Police Only Counsels, there is no room for the Gun Belt.

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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    I think the 500 is right up your alley mjd.
    I think that is the car that I would most lean toward if we did get a full size car, but the Chrysler 300 is one that I think is attractive mostly in top trim levels. However, that pretty much prices me out of getting one, as the top trim levels are a bit more than I want to pay for any car.

    I do agree with you though, and I love the higher roof and more upright/taller greenhouse. I wish more full size cars (and mid sizers even) would be designed that way, instead of virtually all of them getting lower over the past decade (or so). I think that is why I loved our Dodge Avenger so much....the 3.6 engine it had was very strong..but I think it was close to 59 inches tall, making it one of the tallest, if not the tallest mid-sizers. Plus it had the upright greenhouse so it was easy to see out of too.
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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    Quote Originally Posted by mjd1001 View Post
    I think that is the car that I would most lean toward if we did get a full size car, but the 300 is one that I think is attractive mostly in top trim levels. However, that pretty much prices me out of getting one, as the top trim levels are a bit more than I want to pay for any car.

    I do agree with you though, and I love the higher roof and more upright/taller greenhouse. I wish more full size cars (and mid sizers even) would be designed that way, instead of virtually all of them getting lower over the past decade (or so). I think that is why I loved our Dodge Avenger so much....the 3.6 engine it had was very strong..but I think it was close to 59 inches tall, making it one of the tallest, if not the tallest mid-sizers. Plus it had the upright greenhouse so it was easy to see out of too.
    Avenger was 58" high. As we discussed at the KIA Stinger thread, something in sedan form about 62" tall would probably sell like free money. More svelte than a ute, more usable than a sedan, it's sort of a happy medium between the two.
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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    My wife and I bought a new 2014 Impala 2LTZ - which replaced a 2012 Impala (W-body) LTZ. We previously owned a 2008 & 2011 Impala LTZ - all purchased new.

    We really liked the car but had numerous defects and problems crop up. There were three safety recalls. We have noticed the front seats are narrower - but we like the heated and cooled seats. Your observations about the wide console is correct. We are average size, but the front seats feel "tight" at times. I cannot imagine how cramped it must feel to someone who weights over 200 pounds.

    Our salesman assured us that three child car seats would fit in the back seat, pointing to the three upper LATCH anchors. After we bought the car and read the owner's manual, we learned that only two car seats can be placed in the rear. One, in any of the three seating positions. Two, only on the outboard seating positions. There is only five lower LATCH anchors. Since two car seats can not be anchored in the middle and outboard seating position, it eliminates the third outboard seating position for an adult. We learned the hard way that the 2014 and up Impala (not limited) was made narrower on the inside.

    There is really no comparison between the "old" Impala and the new one. However, I do not understand why GM made the interior narrower. The rear seat foot room is very good and the trunk is very large. The "old" Impala could fit three car seats in the rear seat - the new one cannot.

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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    I think the 500 is right up your alley mjd.

    FORD 500: my 2005-2007

    DIMENSIONS

    Exterior
    Length 200.7/5,099
    Width 73.7/1,873
    Height 60.1/1,527
    Wheelbase 112.9/2,867
    Track width, front 64.6/1,640
    Track width, rear 65.0/1,650
    Ground clearance 5.1/130
    Fuel capacity 19.0 gallons/72.0 liters
    Interior
    SAE passenger volume 107.1 cubic feet/3,032 liters
    Headroom
    1st row 39.4/1,001
    2nd row 38.6/981
    Shoulder room
    1st row 57.9/1,470
    2nd row 57.6/1,462
    Hip room
    1st row 54.2/1,376
    2nd row 54.1/1,374
    Leg room
    1st row 41.3/1,048
    2nd row 40.9/1.040
    H-point height
    1st row 22.7/577
    Trunk volume 21.0 cubic feet/595 liters
    Total volume 128.1 cubic feet/3,627 liters
    WEIGHTS (in pounds/kg)
    Base curb weight
    Front-wheel drive, six-speed 3,643/1,652
    Front-wheel drive, CVT 3,664/1,662
    All-wheel drive, CVT 3,815/1,730
    Maximum towing capacity 1,000/455
    https://www.fordtaurus.net/specs/2005specifications.php

    TAURUS: my 2008-ON

    EXTERIOR

    Wheelbase; 112.9 Vehicle length: 202.9

    Vehicle width (without mirrors): 76.2

    Vehicle height at curb; 60.7

    Track width, front/rear; 65.3 / 65.5

    INTERIOR

    Headroom: Front row 39.0 Second row 37.8

    Legroom: Front row 41.9 Second row 38.1

    Shoulder room: Front row 57.9 Second row 56.9

    Hip room: Front row 56.3 Second row 55.8

    WEIGHTS AND CAPACITIES (pounds unless otherwise noted)

    Total passenger volume 102.2cu.ft.

    Total interior volume 122.3 cu.ft.

    Luggage capacity 20.1 cu.ft.

    Maximum towing capacity (properly equipped) 1,000

    https://www.fordtaurus.net/specs/201...ifications.php
    My close friend needed a car that would get good mileage, have comfortable seats, had a lot of interior room, a large trunk and split folding rear seats for long boxes. he is a sales rep and often needs to bring these long boxes into work to build displays etc. I recommended a 2005-2007 Ford Five Hundred or 2008/2009 Taurus to him. He hated the 2010 Taurus I showed him a while back but chose a clean 2007 Five Hundred and it fits the bill perfectly. Aside from the not overly powerful but still adequate 3.0 203 HP V6 and lacking a couple of features he really likes the car and Ford certainly got the formula right until 2010.

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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    I had a circa 2010 Taurus rental. I was amazed at how Ford had managed to take the airy, open-interior, reasonably-footprinted and -appearing 500 and turned it into a bloated road hog while simultaneously compressing the interior into compact class.

    Not a bad day's work!
    I honestly could never figure out why Ford did that. The Taurus is such a large car, but offers a cramped feeling interior and sub-par visibility.

    The next generation is supposed to be based on the Fusion, so it should have corrected all of those mistakes.

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    Re: 2017 Chevy Impala LT 3.6

    The bench seat is the only part of the '08 Impala we previously owned that I miss. The '15 I have now is far & away superior to it & the '12-'16 Limited rental cars I've driven. I can live without the bench seat, I guess.

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