We got a couple of those teasers from the local Chibby emporium. Yes, friends, I think we won a new car!!
Turns out the "prize" for coming in and getting on their list is a webcam, genuine chrome-look plastic here and there!!
While I was burning up time, I sat in an SS and listened to the engine burble. Seemed nice enough but thinking it over, I wonder why they didn't just jazz it up a bit, price it at 49 grand and call it the Caddy Forty-Niner.
I did drive a new Impala. The V6s ranged in price from about 28 to 40 or so. I drove the tarted-up car.
Frankly I like my cars with less, not more.
As the salesman and I joked, we could pay 500 for heated seats...or we could go to Amazon or Walrus World and get two heated seats for $40.
He said he has three kids at home so feeding them comes before other priorities. "I always thought you were supposed to freeze your butt off for the first 10 minutes anyway." Indeed. Life is tough.
This is a very nice car. Steering is tight and quick, I noticed that immediately. The round, reasonably-readable speedo and tach and digital speedo are front and center. The temp and fuel are tiny and hidden at the top of the speed/tach.
The car rides comfortably and controlled. It's quiet, it's smooth, the trans is smooth and trouble-free. A punch on the gas gives strong forward motion.
Coming off the exit, some box squalked. Perhaps it was a proximity sensor feeling the three-foot-tall concrete barriers on the right side of the road.
As I said, this was a brief drive of two or three miles around the standard dealer loop. But in that brief time, I can see why folks love the new Impy. I would have no problem owning one of these. My only reservations would be with the GDI and potential intake valve issues.
It does feel tighter and more modern than my Charger, by a decent margin. I won't be trading, the Charger is here for the long haul.
Getting out, I was surprised to be trapped by the steering wheel. IIRC it did have a flat bottom, for those who find that an attractive feature.
One of these days I'll get one of these as a rental. But on the surface, NICE JOB CHEVY.