Looking for a full-size sedan with a smooth ride, plenty of cool luxury features that come standard, and a sleek exterior? You should definitely check out the 2015 Chevy Impala.
Thanks to my role in the Chevy Shop Social: Portland, a fundraiser held recently to benefit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, I had the opportunity to drive this sweet little number around town for a few days and run her through her paces.
There are a couple of things you should know before we go any farther though. First, this is my very first car review. (Woohoo! And yes, Scotty at, I would be willing to make the sacrifice and do another one should the need and opportunity should arise.) Second, every car I have driven in the past decade or two has been at least seven years old, so I’m pretty awestruck by things that many who drive newer cars may think of as run-of-the-mill or even compulsory.
Wifi, Navigation & OnStar (Oh my!)
Every OnStar 4G LTE vehicle includes a 3-month or three gigabyte data trial (whichever comes first), after which you can purchase data in a monthly or one-time package.
First off – everything was so cool! I was like a kid in a candy store. A candy store with Wifi! The touch-screen was relatively responsive and very easy to navigate. Connecting to the internet was easy, as was pairing my phone with the car’s system. The signal came in strong, and the kids had no problem surfing the internet while riding in the car. I also appreciated the fact that that the connectivity didn’t immediately drop when the car turned off.
The navigation system was easy to follow and gave clear directions in a pleasant-sounding, courteous tone. (Which is a nice way of saying that it did not make me want to scratch someone’s eyes out as some navigation systems apparently are wont to do.) I liked that it warned me of upcoming traffic issues well in advance.
Starting with the 2015 model year, every OnStar-equipped Chevy comes with a 5-year OnStar Basic Plan that includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services (remote start/unlock/horn honk), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, and Dealer Maintenance Notification. I didn’t need or use the OnStar feature while I had the car, but just knowing it was there gave me a level of security that I found very reassuring.
I hear you. “That’s all pretty cool, Renée,” you’re saying, “but how is the drive?”
Glad you asked. Once again, from the perspective of someone who drives a ten-year old Corolla, the drive was awesome. Even in heavy traffic, the interior was calm and quiet, and the car did this thing where, when you push the accelerator, it actually picked up speed right away. As in, it didn’t feel like it was dragging and had be telekenetically encouraged to go. (Oh. Like you’ve never tried to internally pushed your car into upshifting with your mind.) Nope – it just up and went! Now! (Someday I’ll have a car of my own that just up and goes when I push on the gas, she thought wistfully.)
The soft leather seats are very comfortable, and come with adjustable lumbar support. Heated seats are standard, as is dual climate control, and there is also an option for cooled seats. (Would you like your buns chilled or toasted?) The leather-wrapped steering wheel was comfortable for my smaller-size hands, and I felt like I had plenty of room to breathe. (For reference, I recently drove a 2015 Mini-Cooper that made me feel a little claustrophobic until I got used to it.)
Sometimes it’s the little things that make me the happiest. The Impala has many cool and new-to-me safety features, including forward collision alert and rear cross-traffic alert, but my favorite safety feature was the blind spot indicator sensor. (I’m sure there is a more technical name for it, but you get my drift, right?) Basically, it’s a little icon on the review mirror that lights up when someone is in your blind spot. I loved this feature. Sure, I’m still going to look before I go, but it gave me a lot more confidence when merging, especially in busy freeway situations.
The Impala gets excellent crash test scores, due in part I imagine to the hundred (or ten) airbags that come standard. It also has an anti-lock brake system, a theft deterrent system, and all the other safety features (aka seat beats, child locks, etc.) we’ve come to expect.
Another little touch that I appreciated was this secret little compartment behind the gearshift. It’s big enough for a phone, wallet or any other little thing you want to hide from plain site.
For a car this size, I was pleasantly surprised by the generous trunk space: almost 19 cubic feet!
The back seat was roomy as well; plenty of space for three teenagers to fit comfortably, and I liked that the backseat had a standard outlet. (Gone are the days when you had to shell out big bucks for a converter. Thank goodness.)
2015 Impala 2LT Sedan
- Engine: 3.6L SIDI V6
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic
- Fuel economy: 21 combined city/hwy (18 city/ 28 hwy)
- 36 month / 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty
- 60 month, 100,000 mile power train warranty AND roadside assistance
Standard Vehicle Price: $30,285
This Vehicle (with Extras): $37,400
Bottom line: Love it! As far as I’m concerned, the only thing Chevy forgot to include with this car was a box of Kleenex – to soak up my tears when I had to return it.
Disclosure: This car was provided to me by our local Chevrolet dealerships working with She Buys Cars, for my participation in the Chevy Shop Social: Portland in connection with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.