Rented a Chevy Impala over the long weekend

Had to rent from Avis because one of my relatives could use his company discount which came out to be significantly cheaper than Hertz which I always take. Funny thing -Avis guys still use what I think are dot matrix printers. Anyway back to the Meh-mpala, Boy is this thing a boat. Not that I expected anything different. It is perfect for long highways though. Vanilla AF.


Lazy-ass steering, simply wafts over bumps and potholes, and a gutless 4 cylinder that should have never been put in this car in the first place but fine once you get up to highway speeds. 2.5-liter four pumps out 196 horsepower at 6300 rpm and 186 lb-ft of torque at 4400. C&D says 0-60 in 8 secs but I say it feels like it has 130Hp and 0-60 in 12 seconds.


The passenger space and trunk are absolutely massive though, swallows an entire family’s worth of luggage, iceboxes, groceries etc for a weekend trip. Visibility except for the narrow back window was good. Quiet on the highway.

Infotainment is pretty good though, I like the Chevy my link which is very straight forward and easy, just like Uconnect and the Kia/Hyundai systems.

Also, I drove this thing in downtown Manhattan and didn’t die or kill anyone, or even get honked at! granted it wasn’t rush hour. I don’t do crowded city driving very well, living in a town that has 30,000 people on a good day.

I have a feeling a Malibu would be a much better car. If you have to choose between an Impala and the other options when renting, go Chrysler 300/Charger or Maxima. I am now curious to drive a Buick Lacrosse AWD as I want to know how much the “premium” interior, a V6 and AWD can help this car.


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