■ By Richard Perry / Contributed
Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy.
I’ve always said that I am interested in what’s new and what the reviews say. Not that I recommend buying new – my interest lies in knowing more about the vehicle and whether it is a good value, no matter how old.
While reading the 10 best list, I came across the 2018 Chevrolet Impala.
The Impala may date back to 1958, but today’s Impala features high-tech infotainment like onboard Wi-Fi, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth audio, and navigation. Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system is one of the best.
I still remember the V8-powered Impalas from the 1960s and 1970s. My daughter Dannie loves that gas hog that is featured in her favorite series, “Supernatural.”
The current body style, however, was introduced in 2017. It has a spacious, full-size, four-door interior. Chevy’s largest sedan, it offers class-leading trunk space and has a “low” starting price around $29,000. Three trim levels are LS, LT and the luxurious Premier, which gets a standard 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard in the LS and LT, but the V6 is optional. With 197 horsepower, the four-cylinder is powerful enough for most people and features automatic start/stop, which shuts off the engine at red lights to save fuel. All Impalas are front-wheel drive.
Maybe because I’m turning 55 in January, I like the comfortable full-size sedan. I also like the Impala’s modern style. The new 2018 Impala has a long list of standard features including keyless entry and start, an 8-inch color touch-screen, and a rear-view camera. The LT now gets standard remote vehicle start and the Premier now comes with wireless phone charging.
Yes, the car is big, but the latest Impalas are nimble and easy to park. This is a luxurious, comfortable, quiet sedan with a ride that’s plush without being floaty. With the LT’s optional 305-horsepower V6 from the Chevy Camaro (a good value for just $1,100) the car is quick. Hit the gas pedal and the Impala will screech its front tires and blast to 60 mph in about 6 seconds!
Many active safety systems are standard on the Premiere model and optional on the LT with the V6, including Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert and Rear Park Assist that warns when your bumper approaches objects. Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Forward Collision Alert are available.
Richard Perry is the Hemet Car Guy and owner of VIP Autos in Hemet. For more information, visit www.hemetcarguy.info.