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2012 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

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Stock # :
7856
VIN # :
2G1WC5E30C1226574
Engine:
3.6L V6 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Silver Ice Metallic
Interior Color:
Gray
Body
Sedan
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
18
Highway MPG:
30
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2012 chevrolet impala

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.2
17 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (53%)
4 Star - (29%)
3 Star - (12%)
2 Star - (6%)
1 Star - (7%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.2
COMFORT
4.6
INTERIOR
4.2
RELIABILITY
4.6
VALUE
5

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Despite a spacious cabin and comfortable ride, the 2012 Chevrolet Impala is outdone by most competitors. You can do better.

What's New

The 2012 Chevrolet Impala gets a new 3.6-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission along with slightly revised front and rear styling. All Impalas also now feature Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard, while the LT's standard equipment list loses foglights but gains a rear spoiler, flip-and-fold rear seat and leather-wrapped shift knob along with a sunroof option.

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PROS

Simple controls; available six-passenger seating; large trunk; strong and efficient engine.

Introduction

It's been six years since the Chevrolet Impala last received a significant update, and even longer since it was redesigned from the ground up. Since then the segment has been flooded with competitors with more style, substance and sophistication than Chevy's venerable four-door flagship. In fact, even Chevy's own Malibu is a more appealing choice. That's not to say the Impala is a bad car that'll leave you stranded by the side of the road or with a repair bill the size of Texas. It's certainly spacious and reliable, but nonetheless there are an awful lot more appealing choices out there that meet those criteria as well.

There is some good news for 2012 as the Impala gains a new, more powerful and more fuel-efficient 3.6-liter V6 engine. Paired to a new (for the Impala) six-speed automatic transmission, Chevy's full-size sedan finally has a modern powertrain. Unfortunately, the rest of the car can't claim the same modernity. Its stale styling, cheap-feeling interior materials and lack of many desirable features make the Impala seem impossibly behind the times.

Overall, we'd strongly urge family sedan shoppers to consider any of the Impala's much more modern competitors, including the Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera or Volkswagen Passat. Any of these would be a substantially better choice than the 2012 Chevy Impala.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Chevy Impala is a full-size four-door sedan offered in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. Seating for five people is standard, but an optional front bench seat offered on LS and LT models bumps passenger capacity to six.

Standard features on the entry-level LS include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, cruise control, full power accessories, air-conditioning, a six-way power driver seat, a tilt-only leather-wrapped steering wheel, OnStar, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.

Stepping up to the LT gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, remote ignition, dual-zone manual climate control, a folding rear seat, a rear center armrest, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a trip computer with compass and outside temperature display.

The top-of-the-line LTZ adds 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, heated power front seats (eight-way driver, six-way passenger), an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system.

A sunroof is available on the LT and LTZ.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive 2012 Chevrolet Impala gets a new 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 that puts out a healthy 300 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Though this powertrain is significantly gutsier than either of the V6 engines it replaces, the Impala's fuel economy has actually improved a bit. EPA estimates are a strong 18 mpg city/30 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

Safety

The 2012 Chevrolet Impala's list of standard safety features includes antilock brakes, traction and stability control, OnStar telematics, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Impala the top ranking of "Good" in both its frontal-offset and side-impact tests, but the second-best rating of "Acceptable" in the roof strength test.

Interior Design and Special Features

One look inside the 2012 Chevrolet Impala's passenger cabin is all it takes to understand the car's strengths and weaknesses. On the plus side, the interior is roomy with seating for up to six passengers -- something that's increasingly hard to find these days. Gauges and controls are also well laid out and uncomplicated -- it's a potentially refreshing difference from the sea of buttons and complicated control interfaces common of most modern cars.

Unfortunately, that's where the good news ends. Those controls are simple because they're attached to fewer features than are available on competitors. Furthermore, the cabin design is pretty stale and consists of subpar materials that are well behind GM's more recent offerings.

It's a similar trade-off in terms of cargo room. The 18.6-cubic-foot trunk is certainly generous, but its folding rear seat is optional and lacks the more common 60/40 split design.

Driving Impressions

From behind the wheel, the 2012 Chevrolet Impala gets mixed reviews. The new 300-hp V6 under the hood is a distinct improvement over either of the two uninspiring engines that previously occupied that space. With an additional 90 hp on tap, this powertrain delivers competitive acceleration.

The car's suspension also gets high marks for ride comfort. There's a price to be paid for this plushness, however, and that's indifferent handling that leaves much to be desired. While this ride/handling balance might suit a few full-size sedan buyers just fine, most would be better served by the more capable and refined driving character of its competitors.

This Vehicle Includes These Added Value Features!

  • Bluetooth Connection
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Remote Engine Start

Factory Installed Options

  • ENGINE, 3.6L SIDI DOHC V6 VVT

    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Navigation from Telematics
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Telematics
  • Universal Garage Door Opener

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Sound System
  • Satellite Radio

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • Bucket Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
  • Woodgrain Interior Trim

Tires & Wheels

  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Value Added Features

  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, and thorax side-impact, driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (Head Curtain Side Air Bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. A note about child safety: Always use safety belts and the correct child restraint for your child's age and size. Even with ai
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone manual climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger and air filtration system
  • Alternator, 125 amps
  • Antenna, integral rear, AM/FM
  • Applique, woodgrain on instrument panel and door
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard
  • Audio system feature, Bose premium 8-speaker system
  • Battery rundown protection
  • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Door handles, chrome
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Engine, 3.6L SIDI DOHC V6 VVT (300 hp [223.7 kW] @ 6500 rpm, 262 lb-ft of torque [353.7 N-m] @ 5300 rpm)
  • Exhaust, dual-outlet stainless-steel
  • Fog lamps, front, integral in front fascia
  • Front wheel drive
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted

 

  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Instrumentation, analog Deluxe with chrome trim, 4-gauge cluster with speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature, fuel, trip odometer, Driver Information Center, outside temperature and compass
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats
  • Lighting, interior with center-mounted dome and rear reading lights
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with map lights
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable body-color
  • Moldings, body-color bodyside
  • Moldings, body-color rocker
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Safety belt pretensioners, front row seats
  • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, driver manual lumbar control
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power
  • Seat, rear flip-and-fold flat with armrest
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
  • Shifter, floor console
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the 'XM Select' package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio (Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after the trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your subscription, service will
  • Spoiler, rear
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system includes Traction Control

 

  • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Touring
  • Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III+
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Tire, compact spare
  • Tires, P235/50R18 performance, W-rated
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • Trunk release, remote
  • Universal Home Remote includes overhead system
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) machined-face aluminum
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and passenger lockout
  • Wipers, front intermittent

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