Inside the cabin, an eight-inch touch screen controls audio, climate, navigation and available apps as part of Chevy's second generation MyLink system. While all new car interface systems come with a learning curve, the Chevy system is easily mastered through touch, voice or drag movements.
It seems to have borrowed from the Cadillac CUE system with its display of high res 3D navigation mapping. Searchable apps include weather forecasts and alerts, HD radio and other popular sites.
Many of the screen touch controls are mimicked with redundant knobs in the center stack for those who prefer manual adjustments.
One innovative feature adds a storage bin at center dash. With the press of a button, the center screen lifts vertically toward the windshield for glove box type storage that is lockable with a four-digit screen code.
For passenger safety, the Impala includes 10 airbags, available collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and side mirror blind zone alerts. A rear camera system with guidelines and rear cross traffic alert system is also available.
The new Impala is a huge improvement over the previous model and provides consumers with a relatively inexpensive alternative to much higher priced luxury sedans.
Len Ingrassia is an automotive columnist for CNHI News Service. Contact him at email@example.com.