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2012 Chevy Impala LS

2012 Chevrolet Impala Review

(0 Stars)  New powertrain, but still in need of a Malibu-like refresh.

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Overview
The Impala, Chevy's only full-size sedan, has trudged along year after year with little attention paid to its outdated styling and mechanicals, even as its smaller sibling, the Malibu, is now on its second significant redesign in less than five years. The Impala still hasn't shaken its dull sheetmetal or uninspiring interior appointments, but for 2012 it's the recipient of a much-needed heart transplant in the form of the 3.6-liter V-6 that was dropped from the Malibu -- now powered only by an in-line four -- and a modern six-speed automatic to replace the ancient four-speed transmission. The new engine replaces the previously offered 3.5- and 3.9-liter V-6s and is the only powerplant available. Power increases significantly -- up 70 hp from the larger V-6 -- to 300 hp, with an accompanying increase in fuel economy to an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. Driving dynamics are unchanged, though, so the Impala's limp steering and soggy suspension are still present. The rumors that the Impala would be replaced by the G8 from the defunct Pontiac brand proved unfounded. That's too bad, because the G8 was a well-wrought performance vehicle. For now, despite its new powertrain, the Impala still has a long way to go if it wants to be a legitimate competitor to full-size sedans such as the Chrysler 300 and the Ford Taurus.

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2012 Impala LS Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.6L V 6 DOHC with variable valve timing
E85 / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 13 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 280 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
17.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 300 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 262 ft lb of torque @ 5,300 rpm
Secondary fuel economy:
Secondary power: 300 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 262 lb ft @ 5,300 rpm

'12 Chevy LS Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Interior  
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Air Filtration System
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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