2016 chevrolet impala Model Overview
New for 2016
Six new exterior colors have been added to the 2016 Chevrolet Impala, Citron Green Metallic, Heather Gray Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, Mosaic Black Metallic, and Green Envy Metallic. LT models no longer come with cloth upholstery and gain leather as standard. Apple CarPlay and wireless charging capability are also now available in the 2016 Impala. The Midnight Edition package is also available in the LT and LTZ trims with the V-6 engine and comes with a Jet Black exterior color, 19-inch machined alloy wheels with black accents, black Chevrolet bowtie badges, a black grille and rear spoiler, and sport pedals.
The 2016 Chevrolet Impala is a front-drive full-size sedan that slots above the midsize Malibu.
Three engines are available in the 2016 Impala, a 196-hp 2.5-liter I-4 with 186 lb-ft of torque, a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 305 hp and 264 lb-ft, and CNG-capable version of the 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 260 hp and 247 lb-ft on gasoline or 230 hp and 218 lb-ft on CNG. Fuel economy is excellent for the class at 22/31 mpg city/highway for the I-4 and 18/30 mpg for the V-6.
Passenger space is generous in the 2016 Impala, offering plenty of room for five adults and their gear. Trunk space is generous at 18.8 cubic feet however, opting for the CNG-capable variant cuts into cargo space, dropping it down to 10 cubic feet. All models come with 60/40 split-folding rear seats as standard for more cargo capacity when the second row isn’t in use.
In addition to dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Impala comes with rear side airbags, and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Standard on the LTZ and available as part of the Driver Confidence package in the LT are safety features such as forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and blind spot warning with lane change alert.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features on the base LS trim include a 4.2-inch infotainment screen, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The mid-level LT trim adds dual-zone climate control, Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, three USB ports, and heated power adjustable side mirrors. Navigation, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, and wireless charging are optional in the LT and LTZ trim. The range-topping LTZ trim adds 19-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and start, a rearview camera, and remote start.
What We Think
The 2016 Impala continues to be a great choice among large sedans thanks to its comfortable ride and well-insulated cabin. In a 2014 First Test review, we said that the Impala’s interior is a nice place to be because of its hushed interior, spacious seating in both rows, and excellent build quality. However, the seats don’t offer much comfort due to its lack of cushioning and flat backrests. In a comparison test that also included the Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, and Kia Cadenza, the Impala placed second and was praised for its ride comfort and on road stability. However, it lost out to the Kia because its infotainment system wasn’t as polished and suffered some lag. Additionally, the grey interior upholstery looked cheap and dated versus newer competitors.
- Spacious interior and trunk
- Comfortable ride
- Quiet cabin
You Won’t Like:
- Rear seats need more cushioning
- Laggy touchscreen
- Grey interior looks cheap and dated