2007 Chevrolet Impala Expert Review

You'll Like The 2007 Chevrolet Impala If...

If you're in search of a big, roomy sedan that won't break the bank, the newly refined Impala will thoroughly meet your needs and probably exceed your expectations. Also, the SS model makes a good quasi-muscle car for those who require the all-weather advantages of front-wheel drive.

You May Not Like The 2007 Chevrolet Impala If...

If you're looking to move up in size from something like an Accord or Camry, you may find it difficult to give up the world-class refinement of the Toyota and Honda brands. If that's the case, check out Toyota's Avalon. Also, the lack of a tap-up/down shift option on the Impala SS detracts a bit from the performance image.

What's New

The 3.9-liter V6 receives GM's Active Fuel Management technology for improved fuel economy. XM Satellite Radio becomes standard on SS trim levels and all Impalas receive a tire-pressure monitoring system.

Interior Features

The Impala's passenger cabin received a complete makeover in 2006 and carries on unchanged for 2007. Clean lines on the instrument panel and upholstery combine with attractive knobs and buttons to create an environment in which the auxiliary audio input for MP3 players doesn't seem too new-fangled for the car. A check of the available equipment list reveals a choice of bucket seats or a split-bench arrangement (giving space for six occupants) for the front passengers. In conjunction with a massive trunk, the Impala offers a fold-flat rear seat that increases cargo capacity considerably.

Exterior Features

Two well-defined grille openings flanked by a pair of rearward-swept headlamps help give the new Impala a sleeker, more contemporary appearance. At the rear, triangular jewel-like tail lamps replace the previous generation's dark plastic-panel that veiled four circular lamp outlines. The SS model features a small, trunk-mounted spoiler and 18-inch five-spoke machined aluminum wheels.

Driving Impressions

We sampled all three of the Impala's available engine choices and came away satisfied by each of them on different levels. The V8 was the most entertaining of the three, the 3.9-liter V6 proved plenty powerful and the base 3.5-liter V6 never left us feeling like a road hazard.

Out on the highway the ride is smooth and stable, with none of the pitching and dipping typical of older big American sedans. The top-level Impala SS has a suspension stiff enough to encourage enthusiastic driving on curvier public roads. With supportive seats front and rear, the Impala remains comfortable after several hours and hundreds of miles. Engine and road noise have been minimized considerably, which may explain why wind noise seemed so noticeable.

Pricing Notes

Prices for the Chevrolet Impala range from a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $21,515 for the LS to $26,935 for the LTZ. The hot-rod SS is $28,540. While those prices are higher than last year's, we expect Fair Purchase Prices to reflect actual transaction prices in light of fewer promotional deals and significant vehicle improvements. As for resale (an important factor to consider when comparing vehicles) we expect the newest Impala to hold its value better than its underperforming predecessor, if not as well as its closest Ford and Chrysler competitors, the Five Hundred and 300, and certainly not as well as the Accord or Camry.

Notable Equipment

A base Impala LS comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6, four-speed automatic transmission, power windows/locks/mirrors, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, remote keyless entry, front airbags, side curtain airbags, speed control, power driver's seat, cloth interior, tilt steering wheel, remote trunk release, 16-inch covered steel wheels, tire-pressure monitor and OnStar.

Notable Options

Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 3.9-liter V6 or 5.3-liter V8 engine, anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with traction control (standard on 2LT and up), leather seating, power sunroof, dual-zone air conditioning, heated front seats, power passenger seat, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, single- or six-disc CD player with MP3 compatibility, XM satellite radio, Bose premium sound, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, universal home remote, auto-dimming inside and outside rear view mirrors, heated outside mirrors, metallic-look trim, remote vehicle start, engine block heater, fog lamps, rear spoiler and aluminum wheels up to 18 inches.

Favorite Features

Auxiliary Audio Input

We didn't expect to find an MP3 input jack in the Impala, especially as standard equipment, but we're glad we did.

Fold-Flat Split Rear Seat

Flip up the seat bottoms, fold down the seat backs, and the Impala's already massive trunk becomes a virtual cargo bed more than six feet long.

Under the Hood

The 2007 Impala's three engines include two V6s and a V8. The 3.9-liter V6 is equipped with GM's Active Fuel Management, which cuts fuel to three of the six cylinders when cruising. The 5.3-liter V8, exclusive to the SS model, also features Active Fuel Management technology that seamlessly disables four cylinders in certain situations for improved fuel economy. The V8 provided the most excitement, but we found even the base V6 more than adequate, especially considering its highway mileage rating of 31 mpg and its compatibility with E85 ethanol-based fuel.

3.5-liter V6

211 horsepower @ 5800 rpm

214 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 (E85), 21/31 (Gasoline)

3.9-liter V6

233 horsepower @ 5600 rpm

240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29

5.3-liter V8

303 horsepower @ 5600 rpm

323 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27

Editors' Notes

The Impala underwent a complete image makeover in 2006, gaining it a cleaner, more sophisticated exterior and a badly needed interior upgrade. Slotted to compete with class front-runners Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Impala may not have the strong resale figures of its Japanese rivals, but it does have some redeeming qualities. The Impala features a huge back seat and trunk and something no other import offers: An optional V8 engine. Still, it's fair to say the Impala has its work cut out for it. With newer and better equipped models, such as the Ford Five-Hundred and Dodge Charger, ready to steal away domestic customers, dealers may be willing to cut prices to help keep the Impala moving.

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Chevy Impala: Aging but Reliable

The Chevy impala is a reliable and easily maintainable vehicle. I learned to drive with this car and it was so much easier than other cars starting out. One thing that must be noted is, the car will maintain very well over the years as long as you maintain it. Sometimes oil may need changed earlier than the due date or you may prefer to get consistent check up. Keep in mind it is a fairly old car but not an ancient relic. The gas pedal and steering are very smooth but not too smooth to the point of being too easily maneuvered. One note about this model is the steering/ steering column. It is sturdy but this specific model's wheel seems to be extra sensitive to sharp steering. Of course it won't destroy the column in an instant but I've been told by car shops that the steering on this vehicle compared to other cars is simply a bit more sensitive. In my opinion this positives of this vehicle highly rule out the negative, in functioning, comfort, and more. The back seat is extra passenger friendly with a cup - holder table that pulls out from the middle of the back seats. It also has a CD deck and a tape deck. It's a smooth ride and it even holds up well in snow and ice for what it's worth. I've made it through years of thick Illinois winters with it. The defrost, heating, and cooling, are also extra reliable with little to no issues. There are many more pros but I'm running out of cons so I hope this gives a realistic balance.

- Alex L

Chevy Impala, one terrific car.

We really haven't had many problems with this car, last repair was a new AC compressor. It is a very comfortable car to drive or be a passenger, other people that have driven it have said the same thing. The inside and trunk are very roomy, I have fit larger items in it without any trouble. The one complaint I have is that the air takes a little while to get cold, living in Arizona this can be annoying at times. When it cools down it stays cold. The temperature gauge has never gotten above the middle, even in stop and go traffic. The dual temperature controls are a very nice feature, I am always cold while my husband is warm so we both can be comfortable at the same time. The interior is very nice and has held up well through the years. Usually the upholstery cleans easily with soap and water, once in a while I have to use something stronger. The windshield wipers and defroster work very well, the rear defroster is a nice feature to have. I imagine if you live in an area that has cold weather this feature would be very much appreciated. Even though this is an older car it has performed well and has been extremely dependable over the years. We have almost always had Chevys and have found that by and large they are a good value. I have rented a new Impala and found it to be equally nice, even though a bit smaller. I highly recommend my Chevy Impala, a buyer would be pleased with his purchase.

- Debra B

My 2007 Chevrolet Impala is the perfect for me. I love the space in the trunk.

The car is great! I have very little problems with it. A slight annoyance however is that if I wear a ponytail, it hits the headrest and is very uncomfortable. I have not tried adjusting it yet, but that is a very small problem. Also, the cup holders are two different sizes so you cannot fit two big drinks. I will say that the radio does not turn off for a long time when you shut off the car – you have to turn it off manually. Not a big problem, but I found out that owners of the same kind of car also have this problem. For my car, the back door on the passenger side does not always unlock no matter how many times you hit the button. Again, not that big of a deal and I am sure it would be a quick fix if I took it in to someone. The heating and cooling works wonderfully as well. It does not take long for the car to heat up or cool down at all. The trunk is great as well. It is surprising how much room there actually is – it is great for when you are traveling with a lot of luggage and whatnot. It was perfect for when I moved into my college dorm. The remote start is a great feature that I am going to appreciate a lot this coming winter. The AUX cord is also another great feature. I tend to use that more than the radio. All in all I am very satisfied with the car!

- Cheyenne B

Considering the miles I put on my car drives smooth and its good in the snow.

There are a lot of recalls on this make and model. A lot of the recalls just came out the last couple of years and it screwed people that a lot of miles because it didn't cover us even the fact is it is many years later so not fair to the car owner. It also has had many issues with the computer part that controls the traction control likes to turn it is self on and off very dangerous. I have had a lot of issues with the actual control part of the computer would give off the wrong signal and a lot of times the part was actually fine and worked perfectly fine. I am having issues with the board in my steering wheel that has my signal for my turning signals and my bright light control every time I hit a bump my bright lights switch on and blinds people in front of me.

- Alicia S

Great family car, dependable and spacious.

Purchased my Impala for it is dependability and roomy interior. Had one previous owner who took care of the car so I had none as well. First repair was a slipping gear in the transmission manifold. Not had any problems since replacing faulty parts. Car has remote start which has been helpful in the hot summer months and cold winter months. Had 3 kids since purchase of vehicle and was delighted to find that 3 car seats are able to fit in the back seat. Trunk is spacious for hauling groceries and car is also great on gas. Have had other minor repairs including water pump, alternator and battery. Overall satisfied with my car and it is perform.

- Shannon W

My car is very reliable and a beautiful red!!

I really like my Chevrolet impala. It gets at least 26 miles per gallon (highway miles). I have travelled from Pennsylvania to Florida no less than 10 times this past year. The performance of the car during those trips were outstanding. With regard to repairs, I have had relatively minimal ones. I have replaced the battery, windshield wipers and tires, which is normal wear and tear on a car. The interior has held up very well and is very comfortable. The car has am/FM stereo with a CD player and terrific speakers. When I purchase another car, I will strongly consider purchasing another impala!

- Kathleen M

The Chevy Impala has the comfort, efficiency of a family car with the power.

I really like my car because it is roomy and comfortable. It gets great gas mileage. The trunk space big and has plenty of space to carry a lot of things. I like it because it is a flex fuel vehicle. I can use either gasoline in the car. It has a quick get up and go when I need it to be. The back seat sits very comfortable with the high back to protect your neck and body just in case you get hit in the back. My husband is very tall and some cars has a low roof and sometimes he will hit his head getting in and out. But with our car, he just lowers the seat and he has no problems.

- Cynthia P

Large trunk that can be made larger with fold down back seats.

My 2007 Chevy impala has approximately 82000 miles and I have had it over 5 years. Runs well, have had engine repair at around 29000 miles just after I purchased it. Have had to replace wheel bearings on both front, also front sway bar that broke in half. It is not the most comfortable car and it is not very soundproof. A great feature it does have is the back seats fold down to extend the trunk space. I use my car like a truck to haul things often. All in all it has been pretty dependable and gets ok mileage (also can use flex fuel which is great).

- Susan H

Chevy impala is good but not without imperfections.

The 2007 Chevrolet impala is a good car. It is spacious and can comfortably fit five people. As the years go by, there will be issues and you will have to replace parts as with any car. It drives and rides good. One problem is that the car makes a knocking noise when you try to adjust the air or heat. Another problem is that sometimes the high beams will come on and difficult to go off when using the turning signal. So far, the alternator and fuel pump has been replaced. Also, the there is a defect with the tire pressure system. It is always on.

- Amanda T

I love the automatic moon roof and stereo system in the Chevrolet impala.

I have a 2007 Chevrolet impala. This is the second impala that we have owned. Our first impala had over 200, 000 miles and was still running like a champ when we sold it. My husband felt I needed a car with less miles to travel back and forth to work. I am the second owner of the 2007 impala and have had absolutely no issues. The main thing you always need to do is maintenance your car and have your oil changed. The Chevrolet impala will take you many miles down the road. You will not be disappointed with an impala!

- April L

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