Chevy first introduced the Impala back for the 1958 model year, and nearly instantly, it was a hit with consumers. Whether going with the Bel Air Impala or the convertible, it was a head-turner that remained in production until 1985. Eventually, the Chevy Impala came back in 1994 for a short period, before coming back for good in 2000. Now, the Chevy Impala is in its tenth generation as the 2020 Chevy Impala is rolling into showrooms around the country.
At Rick Hendrick of Buford, you'll find the new sedan with all kinds of trims and options. The perfect combination of style and performance, this is a fantastic car for small families or single drivers who want a professional car paired with a solid engine. If this sounds like the kind of vehicle you're interested in, now is the time to check out the 2020 Chevy Impala.
The full-size sedan, which has seating for up to five, has an initial starting MSRP of $31,620. There is one trim option available on the 2020 Chevy Impala above the base. The base is the LT, and the second is the Premier, which has a starting MSRP of $36,720.
All trim options include a 3.6L V6 engine as standard. This is the only engine available on the 2020 Chevy Impala. It is a powerful V6 that produces 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft. of torque that offers variable valve timing. Each engine also uses a 6-speed automatic transmission along with the V6.
Front-wheel drive comes standard on the 2020 Chevy Impala. There is no all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive options available on the Impala. However, the vehicles do use a MacPherson front suspension to help aid in the comfort of the ride.
As both the LT and Premier trims use the same engine, transmission, and drivetrain, the fuel specs are nearly identical. However, the Premier is slightly heavier due to a few upgrades found on the vehicle, so this is where the slight differences come in.
First, the LT model offers 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The Premier provides 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
Each vehicle uses an 18.5-gallon fuel tank. The cruising range for highway driving is the same at 518 miles (from a full tank to running out of fuel), while the range for city driving is 352 miles for the LT and 333 miles for the Premier.
Both the LT and Premier packages come with several safety features as standard. Each offers 10 airbags, brake assist, door and window locks (plus rear child safety locks), electronic traction control, a LATCH system (Lowering Anchors and Tethers for Children) to help with child safety seats, LED daytime running lights, a rear vision camera, and electronic stability control (known as StabiliTrak on Chevy vehicles).
On the Premier, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert also come standard as well. On the Premier model, you can also add optional forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
With regards to the brakes on the two trims, both use the same 4-wheel ABS and 4-wheel disc brakes. Whenever you're shopping around for a vehicle, it is a good idea to check out the kind of brakes it comes with. Most new cars do come with disc brakes, but there are still some, especially less expensive vehicles or imports that use drum brakes. Disc brakes are almost always better because the brakes hold up longer and will not freeze up, which can be the case with disc brakes. Last thing you want while driving either after a heavy rain is for your brakes to lock up or fall apart (drum brakes are cheaper and will fall apart faster).
The 2020 Chevy Impala has come a long way with the technology and entertainment features it provides you as a driver. You'll notice this instantly with the 4.2-inch color Driver Information Center behind the wheel. You can customize the information displayed here to better fit your driving habits and what you like to have displayed in front of you.
Additionally, each trim includes 4G LTE WiFi (with a data plan), plus an 8-inch color touchscreen display, Bluetooth pairing, an available USB port, the Chevrolet Connected Access for real-time driving assistance at the push of a button, a trial subscription of SiriusXM, and rear vision camera so you can see not only what is behind you, but what is low enough and out of view of your regular rearview mirror.
The LT trim comes with all of those features, plus a 6-speaker audio system. The 8-inch touchscreen central cluster offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus voice-activated technology. The Premier package offers many of the same standard features while offering a handful of new features, as well.
The Premier package ditches the 6-speaker audio system for an 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound audio system. The speakers are installed throughout the cabin to create an optimal surround-sound experience. It also has a single-slot CD player. If you have been shopping around for a new car recently and have been looking for something that offers a CD player, you've likely found that many vehicles no longer have a CD player as an option. This can make finding the right car difficult. However, with the 2020 Chevy Impala, there is a CD player option.
Both trim packages also offer several USB ports (both for charging and for connecting to the entertainment system). You'll also find an AUX input. This allows you to connect any external audio device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. As the headphone jack is no longer a standard feature on many mobile devices, the Bluetooth option comes in handy. Plus, thanks to the USB ports, you can charge your phone as you pair it with the entertainment system.
Many of the differences between the LT and the Premier trims can be found on the exterior of the vehicle. While the Premier does boast a handful of internal features and safety add-ons, it is on the outside where most of the changes are experienced.
First, there is the wheel size. On the LT, the only wheel size option is 18-inches. It comes standard with painted alloy wheels, although 5-split spoke machined-face with painted pockets aluminum wheels are available if that's the look you're going for. On the Premier, the standard wheel size is 19-inches, and the wheels are aluminum. You can upgrade to 20-inch aluminum wheels if you'd like (neither the 19 or 20-inch wheels are available on the LT model).
With both trims, they do come with a spare tire. Not all auto manufacturers include a spare tire any longer. In an attempt to save space within the vehicle and to improve the cargo storage room, several manufacturers are doing away with the spare and instead include a "tire repair kit." If you have ever experienced a flat tire, you know more often than not, the tire repair kit is all but useless. Unless the flat came from a nail puncture or something small and obvious, there isn't anything you can do.
Sometimes the flat comes from a pothole or something larger while driving, which can easily shred the tire. A tire repair kit is not going to do anything for this. It's a very small feature with regards to the rest of the vehicle, but whenever shopping around for a new car, truck, or SUV, always look to see if it includes a spare.
On the LT, the 2020 Chevy Impala comes with halogen headlamps. On the Premier, the sedan uses high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps. The Premier also offers dual-exhaust tips instead of the single exhaust. This can help the airflow of the vehicle, allowing the exhaust to exit the car easier than what you find on the LT package.