The Chevy Impala is a true classic. Dating back to the 1950s, the Impala remains Chevy's flagship sedan. While the car has gone through a massive evolution over the years, it remains one of the best selling vehicles in the country. So if you've been shopping for a family sedan that offers a powerful engine and plenty of cargo space, few other cars on the market can check off these boxes. With several trim selections to choose from and luxury touches throughout, the 2020 Chevy Impala is the car that turns heads without setting you back.
When shopping for the 2020 Chevy Impala, there are two trims to choose from (each of which comes with several upgrade options so you can better customize each of the trims). Each of these trims will have an impact on the initial MSRP. For the base Chevy Impala, which is the LT, the starting MSRP is $31,620.
The second trim is the Premier. This trim has a starting MSRP of $36,720. Both of the trims use the same drivetrain, powertrain, and transmission type.
The 2020 Chevy Impala LT comes with a 3.6L Direct Injection V6. This engine is able to produce 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. With the combination of an automatic six-speed transmission and front-wheel drive, the LT Impala will net 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. It also takes advantage of an 18.5-gallon fuel tank, so you'll have plenty of fuel for those long road trips.
The LT trim utilizes the latest Chevrolet Infotainment System, which is controlled via an eight-inch diagonal touchscreen that is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also comes with several additional entertainment features, including an AM/FM stereo, MP3 compatibility, an AUX input for connecting external audio devices via a 3.5mm headphone jack, plus smart device integration via Bluetooth. Satellite radio comes standard and, upon purchase of the Chevy Impala, you receive a three-month trial of Sirius XM Satellite Radio. And don't worry, if you are not interested in extending your satellite radio service you don't need to cancel. It will automatically disconnect once the trial period has come to an end.
A major highlight of the LT is the standard WiFi hotspot. This allows you to not only stream your favorite applications (such as Pandora, Spotify, or even Netflix), but you can access vehicle information from your smartphone, power the vehicle on, find out how much fuel you have in the tank, and so on. A data plan is required for the WiFi hotspot to function, so if you are not interested in using the WiFi hotspot, you won't need to sign up for the data plan.
The seats of your 2020 Chevy Impala LT are cloth and come with lumbar support (for both the driver and passenger seats). The driver's seat features power controls so you can easily adjust the seat configurations to fit your specific height and distance needs. You can also alter how firm or soft the lumbar support is.
There are a number of safety features that come standard on the LT trim. This includes driver, front side, passenger, and rear side airbags, plus four-wheel ABS and disc brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, integrated turn signal mirrors, daytime running lights, and child safety locks. Some optional features you might want to consider include blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert.
Your LT trim will feature front and rear performance tires on aluminum wheels. You do have the option to spring for chrome wheels (and wheel locks). On the exterior of the sedan, you can add a rear spoiler if you'd like as well for that added touch of sportiness.
In terms of cargo space, the trunk offers 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The sedan offers seating for up to five passengers and has a total passenger volume of 105 cubic feet. This includes 45.8 inches of front legroom and 39.8 inches of second-row legroom.
The Premier trim is the top-tier option for the 2020 Chevy Impala. It uses a 3.6L Direct Injection V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. This model is only available with front-wheel-drive and is paired to an automatic six-speed transmission. With this engine, you can expect an estimated fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. Much like the LT trim, it comes with an 18.5-gallon fuel tank.
The Chevy Infotainment system has an eight-inch diagonal touchscreen that is both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible. From the touchscreen, you can control a large number of entertainment features. This includes AM/FM stereo, MP3 compatibility, AUX input for connecting your favorite external devices via a 3.5mm headphone jack, satellite radio, and it offers smart device integration through a wireless Bluetooth connection.
You will also be able to enjoy really enjoy your music thanks to the eleven speaker Bose Centerpoint premium sound system. The Premier trim also comes with an available 4G LT3 WiFi hotspot. An additional feature over the LT is a standard navigation system that used 3D and 2D maps to guide drivers to their destination.
Seating for the 2020 Chevy Impala Premier is upgraded from the cloth trim to a perforated leather trim. The perforated leather design helps extend the life of the leather seating and prevents ripping. Leather will expand and contract based on temperatures, and these perforated holes allow this to happen. If you've ever owned a model that has had leather seats, you might have noticed that some kinds of leather crack over time, the perforated leather in the Impala will prevent that typical wear. Additionally, the seating not only comes with controlled lumbar support, but the front seats are also heated, which is a great feature you will love in the winter. An optional feature for the driver seat is a cooling design, so if you tend to sweat through your shirt while driving (especially during the summer), the cooling feature is well worth it.
With the trunk in the Chevy Impala Premier, you have a total of 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space. This will provide plenty of space for groceries, gear for work, or camping supplies. As for the passenger space, you will have a total passenger volume of 105 cubic feet. This includes 45.8 inches of front legroom and 39.8 inches of legroom for the second row.
To put the space into perspective, take the well-known Toyota Corolla, for example. It has a cargo capacity of only 13.1 cubic feet, front passengers only have 42 inches of legroom, and rear-seat passengers have 34.8 inches of legroom. Even though both models are sedans, the Chevy Impala completely dwarfs the Corolla.
The Premier trim comes with aluminum wheels and an optional wheel lock. It uses performance tires on both the front and rear wheels, and there are several optional exterior features you can spring for. This includes not only an optional rear spoiler but the option for a sunroof as well.
In terms of safety, the Premier Impala comes with driver, passenger, front side, and rear side airbags, plus four-wheel ABS and disc brakes. Other standard safety features include brake assist, traction control, child safety locks, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, integrated turn signal mirrors, cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. There is also an optional lane departure-warning feature you can spring for.
Inside the Impala, there are all kinds of features designed to make your drive that much more comfortable (and easier). You have a back-up camera, which allows you to see behind the vehicle beyond what the rearview mirror offers.
The Impala also has an optional adaptive cruise control feature. This takes cruise control to an entirely different level. Taking advantage of the different cameras and sensors built into the Impala, your vehicle can detect the speed of vehicles both in front of you and to your sides. When cruise control is activated, it will accelerate and slow you down based on the speeds of vehicles around you. This way, you no longer need to constantly disengage your cruise control simply because you're approaching a vehicle in front of you that is going slower than you.
Other optional features on the Premier include mirror memory, a heated steering wheel, and an electrochromic rearview mirror, which makes it significantly easier for you to see vehicles behind you when driving at night.
You will find the same engine option in both trims. This is a 3.6L V6 that produces 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is a Flex Flue based engine, so you can use both gas and ethanol options. Ethanol is a cleaner-burning fuel, although it does burn faster, so when you use it, you won't make the most out of your fuel efficiency. It's simply a secondary option that can make things a bit easier when traveling.
The fuel tank holds an estimated 18.5 gallons of fuel, which is larger than many other mid-size sedans on the market. You'll also experience a fuel economy of around 18 miles per gallon in the city and up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway (you will see the MPG bump up to 19 in the city when going with the entry trim due to weighing less).
Both of the trims come with similar safety features. On the base trim, the Chevy Impala comes with a driver, passenger, front side, knee airbags, and rear side airbags (in total throughout the cabin, the sedan has ten airbags). It also features four-wheel ABS and disc brakes, plus brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, child safety locks, daytime running lights, and integrated turn signal mirrors. Optional features include blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert.
On the upgraded trim, the Premier, you receive the same standard safety features, plus blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert. Lane departure warning comes as an additional option to consider.
The 2020 Chevy Impala comes loaded with several convenience features, all of which are designed to make your ride more comfortable and less stressful. We all know how strenuous winter driving through southern Ohio can be, so the Impala aims at making it a bit easier.
For starters, the basic trim comes with your standard alarm, plus cruise control, remote engine start (which is great on those cold days and you want to warm the car up before hopping into the car), keyless start, heated mirrors to help keep snow and condensation from building up, a back-up camera, auto-off headlights (so no more forgetting to turn your lights off and going back to a dead battery), plus keyless entry and power mirrors.
The Premier trim comes with all of the same features you'll find in the base model. Additionally, the Premier trim also comes with a universal garage door opener, rear parking aid, plus HID headlights. There are also several optional features you may want to consider, depending on your personal driving needs. This includes adaptive cruise control, heated steering wheel, electrochromic rearview mirror, and mirror memory.
Adaptive cruise control is an exceptional feature you may want to look further into. This particular feature can detect not only the vehicles around you but the changing speed limit of where you are driving. If you've used traditional cruise control in the past, you know what it's like to constantly take it off and adjust speeds based on traffic around you. With adaptive cruise control, the Chevy Impala will do this for you. This way, there's no hard breaking for the person who doesn't realize slow traffic is supposed to be in the right lane, or for the person merging who just doesn't want to get up to the speed limit.
Both the Chevy Impala LT and the Premier trims come loaded with all kinds of entertainment features and power options for your portable equipment. On the LT trim, the vehicle comes with a 12-volt power outlet, which is great when you need to physically plug something in. It has a 6-speaker system controlled by an 8-inch color touchscreen display (running the Chevrolet Connected Access service), a USB port located in the console, Bluetooth pairing, an AUX port, SiriusXM Radio (plus a free three-month trial subscription), AM/FM stereo, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to connect to your favorite streaming apps while on the road, or when you need to quickly calm the kids and keep them from kicking the back of your seat, hand them a tablet running Netflix, Disney+, or one of their favorite shows.
The Premier trim takes the tech features a step further. You'll receive the same AM/FM stereo, AUX port, smart device integration via Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi hotspot, but it has a Bose Centerpoint surround-sound audio system, which utilizes 11 speakers positioned throughout the cabin to give you the best audio listening experience possible. It also upgrades the 8-inch touchscreen to include navigation using the Chevrolet Infotainment System.
Of note, with the Wi-Fi hotspot, you will need to activate a data package, similar to what you would do when adding a data package to a portable tablet. This way, you can connect all your external devices to Wi-Fi without hoping you have a clear data signal while traveling. Because we all know, when traveling through some of those dead zones between Columbus, Dayton, and even into Kentucky, it can be a bit iffy with the data connection (especially when heading south and rounding the mountains). With the in-cabin Wi-Fi, you'll never have to deal with that particular issue again.
Your Chevy Impala will come with all kinds of features designed to make your drive that much more comfortable. But there are also several exterior features you may want to consider. Each of these features allows you to perfectly customize your 2020 Chevy Impala. You do have a rear spoiler option, and you can opt for a sunroof, which is always a fan favorite. There is also a wheel locks option you may want to consider. This will swap out the regular nuts on your wheel, so instead, you need a special "key" to remove the wheels. This way, you'll provide yourself with a bit of extra protection.
The Impala also comes with a compact spare tire. This is something to look for when buying a new vehicle. Several other car manufacturers, in an effort to improve cargo space, have been removing the spare tire and instead offer a flat tire repair kit. Unless you're driving over a fine nail and can spot the air leak, tire repair kits typically are not all that helpful, and sometimes you just don't have the time to wait for a tow truck to take you to a service station (when you could have handled it yourself with a spare tire). With your Chevy Impala, you have the spare tire, so this isn't an issue.