2015 Chevrolet Impala

What's new for 2015? For the 2015 Chevrolet Impala, the hybrid-powered eAssist model has been discontinued. All models get a new 4G data connection with WiFi hotspot capability. Also, a gasoline/CNG bi-fuel model makes its debut.

Following its radical reinvention last year, the 2015 Chevrolet Impala largely stays the course, and with good reason: Chevy got it right the first time. Whereas the previous-generation Impala featured styling and trim that only a rental agency could love, the current model is attractive, well-appointed and fully competitive in its class. Indeed, it's hard to think of another car that has gone from zero to hero this quickly. If you're looking for a large sedan, the Impala is a genuine must-drive.

For most shoppers, the only relevant changes for the 2015 Impala are the addition of standard in-car 4G data connection with WiFi capability -- a nice perk, for sure -- and the elimination of the short-lived "mild hybrid" eAssist model. But if you're a fan of innovative engineering, you'll want to watch for the fourth-quarter arrival of the bi-fuel Impala, which can run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG). Although most examples will be sold to commercial and government fleets, the bi-fuel Impala will be available to consumers as well. Regardless of what's under the hood, the Impala will impress you with its quiet ride, roomy interior and huge trunk -- all things that will certainly satisfy large-sedan shoppers.

Exterior Highlights
Available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. LT and LTZ are divided into 1LT and 2LT, and 1LTZ and 2LTZ sub-trims

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala is offered in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. The LT and LTZ are further divided into 1LT and 2LT, and 1LTZ and 2LTZ sub-trims. It's less confusing than it seems -- the numbers simply signify whether the four-cylinder (1) or the V6 (2) is under the hood.

Standard features on the entry-level LS, which comes only with the four-cylinder, include 18-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, cruise control, air-conditioning, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer, OnStar emergency communications with 4G WiFi capability, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port with iPod connectivity, an auxiliary input and a 4.2-inch color display. The LS Convenience package adds rear parking sensors, foldable rear headrests and a cargo net.

The 1LT adds 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and the MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, voice controls, Bluetooth audio connectivity, two additional USB ports (for a total of three), an SD card slot, HD radio, Internet radio smartphone app compatibility and voice-to-text messaging capability for certain smartphones. The 2LT is similarly equipped, but substitutes the V6 engine for the 1LT's four-cylinder.

Options on the LT are mainly grouped into packages. The Convenience package includes rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, remote ignition and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a universal garage door opener. The Advanced Safety package adds a forward collision warning system, a lane-departure warning system, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. The Premium Seating package contributes synthetic suede upholstery, heated front seats and an eight-way power front passenger seat. There's also a Premium Audio and Sport Wheels package, which includes 19-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, ambient interior lighting, a 120-volt power outlet and an 11-speaker Bose sound system. Finally, the Navigation package adds navigation to MyLink and also includes keyless ignition and entry. A sunroof is a stand-alone option for the Impala LT.

The LTZ starts with the 1LTZ sub-trim, which is essentially a fully optioned 1LT plus leather upholstery, but minus the rear spoiler, sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 120-volt power outlet and Bose stereo. It's also eligible for a couple of options packages of its own. The Comfort and Convenience package adds exterior ambient lighting, the auto-dimming rearview mirror, ventilated front seats, a heated power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and driver memory settings. The Premium Audio package throws in the Bose system and 120-volt outlet.

The 2LTZ sub-trim is similarly equipped but upgrades to the V6, and it's the only Impala that can be outfitted with optional 20-inch wheels and adaptive cruise control with automatic braking for frontal impact mitigation. Both LTZ sub-trims offer the sunroof as a stand-alone option.

Note that the bi-fuel Impala is offered in familiar LS and LT (technically "3LT") trims, but has slightly different equipment, including standard single-zone automatic climate control for the LS and a mildly modified options structure.

Dual-cowl dashboard, 8-inch MyLink touchscreen for audio, navigationa nd phone functions, generous wheelbase, large trunk

The Impala's dynamic, modern exterior writes checks that its interior is pleased to cash. The graceful dual-cowl dashboard flows organically into the door panels, creating a wraparound effect that has become a GM trademark as of late. When specified, the 8-inch MyLink touchscreen for audio, navigation and phone functions really ties the room together, providing crisp, high-resolution graphics and an intuitive interface like that of a smartphone.

A generous wheelbase gives the Impala serious passenger space front and rear. Four 6-footers could do a cross-country road trip in perfect comfort; that's what we expect from a large sedan, and the Impala certainly delivers. The wide, plush seats offer a variety of upholstery options, including cloth, a cloth/suede combination, a vinyl/suede combination and leather. The standard 60/40-split-folding rear seatback adds useful additional cargo space to the already ample 18.8-cubic-foot trunk.

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Also standard is GM's OnStar service, which includes automatic crash notification, an emergency assistance button, remote door unlock and stolen vehicle assistance.

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