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2012 Impala Rated 30 MPG Highway
Civilians will get 302 HP and 30 MPG highway.
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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.
 

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When will the Chevrolet website start showing 2012 models? www.cars.com has about 50 2012 Impalas at dealerships right now across the country.
 

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When will the Chevrolet website start showing 2012 models? www.cars.com has about 50 2012 Impalas at dealerships right now across the country.
Can we get photos ? If they are already at some dealers how come we can't photos ? Their is a new grille and a revised rear and their are some interior revisions as well.
 

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When did Impala lose its center headrest for the back row?
 

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Wow, a column shifter...I thought those went the way of the T-Rex...
 

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You know, people may not like the Impala, but something about it has seriously grown on me.
 

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When will the Chevrolet website start showing 2012 models? www.cars.com has about 50 2012 Impalas at dealerships right now across the country.
Manufacturer websites, whether sales brochures or owner links, are in my experience often primitive, user-unfriendly sites. This has been my experience with Honda, Buick, Pontiac, KIA...the beat goes on. The sales sites are usually much better. The owner sites...

You'd think the importance of these would be obvious, apparently not.

I just found a 2012 Impala on a dealership lot, photos at the link.

New look confirmed: http://bit.ly/pLpQvX
Bench still available. Wish more offered that.

I saw that. Will probably take awhile for dealers to become acclimated with the idea of a six speed in the Impala.
I hope their learning curve isn't that flat. But I'm not optimistic.
 

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You know, people may not like the Impala, but something about it has seriously grown on me.
I don't see a thing wrong with this car. A lot of people still don't have to have a super-duper touchscreen infotainment center in their car to be happy. This car still looks good (though I know that's subjective), now has a great modern power train, is roomy and comfortable, is a good value for the money... what's wrong with it? It may not be a true "flagship", but to anybody but the harshest of critics, I fail to see how a car that still sells pretty well is somehow a negative for GM.
 

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"Battling" with Ford's Taurus? I think that's a bit of stretch.
I agree.

Still, that's not to say there's anything wrong with the Impala. It's new drivetrain make it an even more compelling bargain for those who want and need fairly basic, nice transportation and couldn't care less it's underpinnings are farily old.
 

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I don't see a thing wrong with this car. A lot of people still don't have to have a super-duper touchscreen infotainment center in their car to be happy. This car still looks good (though I know that's subjective), now has a great modern power train, is roomy and comfortable, is a good value for the money... what's wrong with it? It may not be a true "flagship", but to anybody but the harshest of critics, I fail to see how a car that still sells pretty well is somehow a negative for GM.
There are a lot of people out there that German cars mean absolutely nothing - cars to these people (one of my roommates in college) are merely point a to point b transportation. They don't care how many lateral g's it can pull, prestige, 0-60 times, etc. All they care about is price and decent quality. This fits the bill 100% and there is nothing wrong with GM catering to these people.
 

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I don't like the car without the chrome in the back. It looks strange and Bob Lutz was right to want it all put on the Impala. As far as the inside goes, the new wood looks nicer than the old wood IMO but still. Not enough new outside of the engine/transmission and the things they changed make that LT model look worse. Oh well.
 

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I think this represents some firsts for the large sedan class. I believe this would make it the first large sedan in its class where the "volume" models crack the 300 horsepower mark. It'd also be the first to be rated 30 highway from a V-6 under the latest EPA rules. The 2012 300S might hit that mark as well, although the Impala has already hit lots and will offer 30 mpg standard; hurry Chrysler!

There is still an appeal to this car and it remains solidly successful for GM. Despite how much I clamor for a new large sedan, I understand GM and just wish they'd have a new large sedan to go alongside the W-Body. Had this car been given a proper interior and more competitive powertrains, say, for 2010, this car would receive a lot less complaining I think. The new faux wood is an improvement, although still not very good. I thought we were getting more than no chrome piece on the rear end. We were told a NEW REAR END. I expected at least a new bumper and maybe a new light design.
 

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GM must be loving the fact that this car despite its age still makes money for them.

Its volume helps keep the factory running nicely, its profits are helping GM at a time when it needs to be making good money, i can imagine tho it has also given them some big headaches about taking it upmarket, potentionally higher profits at a higher price point but less sales due to higher price.
 
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