Welcome to TL;DR Reviews! This is the place where you can learn useful information about a car faster than you can name all five members of *NSYNC, which is a completely useless thing to know. Today’s car comes from the same neomodern, boy-band-crazed era, but is it any good?
What is it? 2000 Chevrolet Impala. Y2K was the beginning of the 8th generation and the blasphemous use of the legendary name that dates to 1958. Why? Because it was the first front wheel drive Impala, it was the first to not offer a V8, it did away with the iconic triple taillights, and it was essentially a newer generation of the Lumina that Chevy’s sales department stuck an Impala badge onto.
This particular subject is the base model with a 4 speed auto mounted to a transverse 3.4L engine that doesn’t start on fire. It produced 180 horsepower/205 pound-feet, not that you would notice because it lumbers to 60 MPH in 9.5 seconds.
Pros: comfortable; spacious; seats 6 (base model only); parts are cheap; styling isn’t terrible; is a column shifter a Pro?
Cons: rust; rattles; low nose scrapes on everything; some people still think you are an undercover cop; purists know that you are in an abomination
Recommendation: Actually, it’s not that bad. This Impala is very different from its roots, but Chevrolet did succeed in giving it some of the same old Impala spirit. It is a large, cushy boat that just loves to cruise down the highway and eat up the miles.
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