2020 Chevy Impala

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Overview

The 2020 Chevy Impala sedan is near the end of its lifecycle and probably won’t be renewed for another generation. This is because of changing global trends are pushing consumers to crossovers and SUVs, instead of large sedans. While it still is a good vehicle in isolation, it’s old when compared to similar vehicles in this segment. It still does make for a very practical and comfortable vehicle to live with daily though. 

The 2020 Chevy Impala sedan is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 which produces 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque and comes standard with a six-speed automatic torque converter transmission. The Impala sedan is available across two different trims which are the well-loaded LT and the top-of-the-line Premier. While the Impala sedan is not as fuel-efficient as its peers, it still does manage to return an overall rating of 22 MPG which is decent enough for most people. The range kicks off at $ 31,620, although, if you’re looking for a fully-loaded vehicle with all the options ticked, expect to pay north of $ 37,000 for your Impala sedan. 

2020 Chevy Impala
2020 Chevy Impala

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2020 Chevy Impala Ratings
Overall
7.5/10
7.5/10
  • Features - 8/10
    8/10
  • Interior - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Exterior - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Fuel Economy - 7/10
    7/10
  • Safety - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Engine & Performance - 7.5/10
    7.5/10

Pros and Cons

The Chevy Impala sedan sure does feature dated interiors, but the amount of space on offer in its cabin and the boot is still unmatched, even by newer rivals with larger exterior dimensions. It still does include its fair share of pros and cons which are the following:

ProsCons
Massive cabin and bootDated and poor quality interiors
Excellent ride quality & Powerful engineSome features missing for the price
Good handler around the cornersPlain exterior design
Above-average efficiency for the class Responsive touchscreenThe automatic transmission is slow to shift

What’s new in 2020 Impala sedan?

The 2020 Chevy Impala sedan is similar to the 2019 Chevy Impala, and probably the last time we’ll ever be getting to see an Impala sedan for quite some time. The 2020 model year gets a bump in its base price since it loses the LS trim and the mid-level LT trim becomes the new base trim. Some options have also been deleted since most people don’t opt for those on the Impala sedan anyway. The V6 engine also becomes the sole engine choice for the 2020 model year since the 4 cylinder was a very tepid seller.

Read the 2019 Chevy Impala Review

Trims and Features

Impala LT
Impala Premier
FeaturesAn 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an 8-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker music system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, two USB ports, satellite radio, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, heated mirrors, pushbuttons start, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, leatherette, and cloth upholstery, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot An 11-speaker Bose audio system, a CD player, a 6-way power-adjustable passenger seat, full leather upholstery, heated front seats, xenon headlights, a heated steering wheel, 19-inch alloy wheels, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting, trim specific exterior accents, a full-sized power outlet, a wireless smartphone charging pad, a navigation system 
OptionsConvenience Package: A heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, and a full-sized power outlet 
Driver Confidence Package: Rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring 
Premier Convenience Package: Power adjustable steering wheel, ventilated seats, auto-dimming exterior side mirrors, driver-seat memory settings 
Premier Confidence package: Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, 20-inch alloy wheels
Price$31,620$36,720

Which 2020 Chevy Impala We Recommend?

While the LT variant is very well equipped and comes with nearly all features one would come to expect from a large sedan, you should consider the Premier variant since it adds a host of technology and safety features that are unavailable on the LT variant. While the price premium is on the steep side, additional safety is always recommended for peace of mind while driving. 

2020 Chevy Impala Performance

Engine

The Chevrolet Impala is offered with a 3.6 liter V6 as standard fitment for the model year 2020. While the engine does produce 305 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, it feels quite sluggish, especially when leaving from a standstill. The Impala is a heavy car and its weight takes a toll on the 3.6 liter’s overall performance. The standard six-speed automatic is a very old gearbox and does feel its age since it takes quite some time to shift gears. The Impala has been set up for a comfortable drive and the lazy nature of the gearbox does give it away. However, putting the gearbox into manual mode does help in changing gears at a much faster pace than usual.    

Chevy Impala Engine

Acceleration

The 2020 Chevy Impala might be sluggish off the line, but once it crosses 1500 rpm, it does pick up the pace, especially when the gearbox is kept in manual mode. 0-60 comes up in 6.7 seconds, which is decently quick for a vehicle this size. However, this time slows down to a leisurely 8.2 seconds when the gearbox is kept in automatic mode since late upshifts bog down the Impala. Overall, the Impala prioritizes comfort and has not been made to drag race, but it will pick up the pace if you want it to. 

Ride & Handling

Comfort is a key priority for the Impala, and it shows in the way the Impala rides. The Impala glides over bumps and bad roads without much drama and filters out most road imperfections from the cabin. The Impala’s ride also stays stable on highways, which is quite unlike most other vehicles in this segment which tend to get floaty at higher speeds. The Impala also handles corners well, since it doesn’t lean in much while going through a corner. This excellent balance between a comfortable ride and a well-sorted suspension setup is what makes the Impala a really enjoyable car to drive without compromising on ride quality. On the braking front, the Impala’s brakes grip very well, but the brake pedal doesn’t feel as progressive and well-weighted as more modern alternatives found in other vehicles in this class. There’s also a significant amount of nose dive during hard braking, which is even more noticeable since the Impala takes some time and a considerable amount of distance to come to a complete stop. The Impala needs better brakes with a less aggressive tune for the ABS module to ensure better braking performance. But, in terms of ride quality, no other vehicle comes close to the excellent balance the Impala offers. 

2020 Chevy Impala Fuel Economy

The 2020 Chevy Impala sedan manages to return 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which gives it a total mpg score of 22 mpg. This number puts it directly in the middle of its segment in terms of overall efficiency on offer. While it is much more fuel-efficient than its competition on the highway, it is less than a stellar efficiency figure in the city is which pulls its overall figure down. While we would recommend the Impala as a mile muncher for its efficiency on the highway, if your drive involves spending more time in the city, we would suggest considering other options. 

2020 Chevy Impala Interior

The 2020 Chevy Impala sedan is a large sedan with the most spacious interior in its class. It gets a standard two-row setup which comprises of two bucket seats up front and a comfortable and spacious rear bench, which has more than sufficient space to seat three adults abreast across the seat. The dashboard design might seem old and dated, but its layout is very ergonomic and easy to get used to. Plastic quality on the dashboard and door pads are on the lower side since this vehicle is based on an older platform which makes use of poor quality materials to lower the overall price of the vehicle.

The centrally mounted 8-inch touchscreen does look like an afterthought, but it works well and doesn’t need the driver to take his eyes off the road to operate simple functions like the navigation or the radio. The steering mounted controls are also very tactile and responsive since they perform their functions almost instantly after being pressed. The dual-zone climate control also features a simple knob and screen layout, which doesn’t complicate things much when you need to adjust the temperature or the airflow. The seat upholstery on offer ranges from a leatherette-cloth mix in the base LT, to a more premium-feeling leather in the Premier variant. While the leatherette-cloth seats are sufficiently comfortable, the leather-wrapped chairs feel much more premium and make longer journeys feel much more luxurious. Overall, the Impala is a very well thought out vehicle since it offers quite a lot of space, for a fraction of the price, although its cheap-feeling and old interiors are in dire need of an update.     

How are those seats like?

The 2020 Impala is offered in a standard five-seat configuration with quite a lot of space to fit five full-sized adults without any compromise. The front seats are massive and feel like big armchairs with sufficient space for people of all sizes to get comfortable. The seats feature a decent blend between firmness and comfort, which goes a long way in making passengers comfortable over longer journeys. The amount of knee room and headroom on offer in the front row is palatial, and the optional heated and ventilated functions make the seats even more comfortable. Power adjustment is available as standard for the driver seat, and it is optional for the passenger, depending on the variant chosen. While the rear row doesn’t get any special features like heating and cooling, the rear bench is mounted at the perfect spot to ensure enough legroom and under-thigh support, without compromising on headroom, even for tall passengers. The seat is fixed at one angle, but the standard angle is very comfortable and doesn’t cause any fatigue over longer journeys. 

2020 Chevy Impala Infotainment

As standard, the Chevy Impala gets an 8-inch touchscreen system that runs on Chevrolet’s latest operating system and is available on a wide range of Chevrolet vehicles. This system is very smooth to operate and doesn’t show any form of lag whatsoever. The only difference between the LT and the Premier’s infotainment setup is the upgraded 11-speaker Bose setup on the Premier which is a massive improvement over the standard six-speaker setup. The following are the features on offer with the infotainment system:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • Bluetooth, USB and AUX input
  • An 8-inch touchscreen with fluid graphics and in-built navigation on the Premier
  • A standard 6-speaker setup, on the LT and an 11-speaker Bose setup on the Premier variant
  • Satellite radio and FM radio
  • CD player on the Premier

2020 Chevy Impala Interior Pictures

2020 Chevy Impala Exterior

Design and Dimension

The 2020 Chevy Impala hasn’t changed much in terms of dimensions when compared to the 2014 model. Its overall length measures in at 201.3 inches which are quite long for a large sedan. This does make it difficult to park in tight spots though. However, its wheelbase of 111.7 inches helps it liberate quite a lot of space in its interiors, which has helped it become the most spacious vehicle in its segment and price point. Its width is also above average for the segment, measuring in at 73 inches, thus liberating enough room for a third passenger in its rear row. While most other vehicles in this segment weigh around 3,500 pounds, the Impala’s older platform makes it significantly heavier at 3,867 pounds, which takes a toll on its overall efficiency. Chevrolet might have tried playing it safe with the Impala in 2014, and while its interior room makes it a spacious vehicle to be in, its plain design makes it quite boring and unattractive to look at.

Exterior Features

The Chevrolet Impala follows a very straight forward and simple design when compared to its more flashy competitors. This involves a lot of straight lines and safe design features such as a large glass area and a standard roof design. While these features do help the Impala offer more room in its interiors, it looks very old fashioned and generic when looked at from a distance. The Impala was one of the last Chevrolet cars of its era to follow such a design concept back in 2014, and its design has not aged well. The rear also looks slab-sided and doesn’t feature any design flair to stand out from its competitors. Overall, the Impala’s design has started to show its age and Chevrolet hasn’t done anything to dress it up for its final model year. 

2020 Chevy Impala Exterior Pictures

How much will the 2020 Chevy Impala Cost?

Cost of ownership 

CRITERIAYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Insurance$848$878$908$940$973$4,547
Financing$1,580$1,270$940$589$213$4,592
State Fees$1,699$73$73$73$73$1,991
Maintenance$376$620$567$903$1,736$4,202
Repair Cost$0$0$106$250$364$720
Depreciation$7,565$1,659$1,570$1,842$1,744$14,380





Grand Total$30,432

Thus, taking insurance, financing, state fees, maintenance, repair cost, and depreciation into consideration, the Chevrolet Impala will cost $30,432 to own over five years, which is relatively below average for the segment. Even if maintenance costs are higher than similar competitors, insurance and depreciation are much lower than other vehicles at this price point since the Impala is a relatively safe and popular vehicle in this segment. The Impala’s popularity also makes it relatively easy to service since parts are widely available. 

Top 5 US States pricing:

The Impala is a popular vehicle, but its popularity has been waning in recent times due to the emergence of crossovers and SUVs with a larger feature set and more modern interiors at the same price. The following states have Impala sedans for sale at a much lower price than the rest:

  • California: $29,400
  • North Carolina: $29,510
  • Indiana: $29,930
  • Idaho: $30,370
  • Michigan: $30,810

Prices vary from dealer to dealer and are subject to change 

2020 Chevy Impala Competition

The 2020 Chevy Impala sedan competes against the Acura TLX and the Toyota Avalon.

2020 Chevy Impala VS 2020 Acura TLX

The Acura TLX might not be as old as the Impala, but it follows a similar design theme as the Impala which makes it look quite dated. While Acura has always been known for reliable and efficient vehicles, the TLX has had quite some issues ranging from failing gearboxes to unreliable engines, which makes it quite expensive to maintain. The TLX does get a larger touchscreen system, but its operating system tends to lag very frequently and even crashes quite often while using navigation. This system is a skinned version of the already frustrating-to-use infotainment found on the Honda Civic and it takes ages to load up things. Overall, the Impala might be a dated vehicle, but it still gets its basics right, which makes it a much better vehicle to own over a longer period. 

2020 Chevy Impala Vs 2020 Acura TLX
2020 Chevy Impala Vs 2020 Acura TLX

2020 Chevy Impala VS 2020 Toyota Avalon

The Toyota Avalon recently got an update which gave it an extremely polarizing design, which might not be to everyone’s taste. Personally, the massive grille looks very weird and might turn heads for all the wrong reasons. The Avalon is the most reliable vehicle in this comparison though since its powertrain has been proven to be capable of running forever with very little maintenance. While its low on power when compared to the Impala, its smaller engine does help it return a better fuel economy overall. However, in terms of interior space, the Impala’s straight forward design helps it offer far more space than the Avalon, which gets a sloping roofline towards the rear and restricts overall space considerably. The Avalon’s touchscreen is basic and slow to operate, and when you combine it with the dated graphics on offer, the Avalon’s touchscreen feels a generation behind the screen offered on the Impala. 

2020 Chevy Impala Vs 2020 Acura TLX
2020 Chevy Impala Vs 2020 Acura TLX

Our Final Verdict

The segment the Chevy Impala operates in is a dying breed since most manufacturers have decided to ax their offerings in the full-size sedan segment in favor of more popular crossovers and SUVs. While the Chevrolet Impala is a very well-engineered product, its age is made obvious by the fact that the design looks extremely dated. The Impala’s engine is also not as fuel-efficient as its rivals in the city, which is not an ideal trait when you consider rising fuel prices. However, the Impala provides an excellent interior with enough lots of space, along with a massive boot which is good enough to swallow quite a lot of luggage. Its interiors might be simple, but the touchscreen is a joy to use and is still among the best in its segment. If you want a large sedan (this is probably your last chance to get one), and want to use it for a long period, the Impala puts forth a strong case for itself since it offers unmatched practicality, ease-of-use, and a good ride quality, while not being as expensive to maintain or own over a long period.

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