I know I’m not too trendy anymore, but I would love to buy a 2017 Chevrolet Impala. Is it a good choice? If not, are there any alternatives?
Indeed, full-size sedans are rather rare these days. Several have disappeared in favor of SUVs. This is also the case with the Impala, which is no longer offered with us.
The latest generation Chevrolet Impala was offered in a front-wheel drive configuration only. The engine was a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder, good for 197 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Another option was the more powerful 3.6-liter V6, producing 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. In both cases, it was a six-speed automatic transmission that handled power management.
To answer your question, the Chevrolet Impala is considered to be a fairly reliable model, and when used you shouldn’t have to worry. It is therefore indeed an interesting choice. That said, since we’re talking about a used vehicle here, make sure you have it inspected before signing anything.
If we had to go with a recommendation as to which engine to choose, go with the V6. You’ll really appreciate the extra 100 horsepower every day, and the difference at the pump isn’t huge.
Now, if we had to go for an alternative, the best is arguably the Toyota Avalon. With rock-solid reliability, this large front-wheel-drive sedan offers a ride very similar to that of the Impala. Its value is higher in the used market, but you will have in your hands a vehicle with one of the best reputations for reliability in the industry.