2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
Goodbye, sweet Impala. May flights of Winchester brothers sing thee to thy rest. The Impala has been a staple of the Chevy line-up since it premiered as the Bel Air Impala in 1958 . Over the years, the Impala has been dropped, renamed, repositioned, dropped, and returned again. In 2014, we saw a more robust and aggressively designed generation of the Impala emerge.
However, in the past decade, there has been a massive surge in the demand for SUVs. Buyers want space - especially cargo space. The once-luxurious Impala fell by the wayside, and in 2020, it was announced that the Impala would be discontinued for 2021 .
As brokenhearted as we are about seeing the Impala go, we still have a lot of good things to talk about when it comes to the final model year. The 2020 Chevy Impala is a full-sized sedan that offers a tranquil and smooth ride quality, a strong V6 engine, and plenty of space in the rear seat and cargo area.
That being said, let's take a look at the 2020 Impala's trim level offerings, discuss which trim has the best features for the cost, what kind of technology is incorporated into it, how the Impala performs, how safety and reliable it is known to be, and some of the competitors still holding on in the 2021 full-size sedan segment.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The 2020 Chevy Impala offers two trim levels to choose from: the LT and the Premier. In 2020, the LT replaced the LS, which had previously been the Impala's entry-level trim. The two remaining trim levels both come with a 3.6-L V6 engine that produces 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque that delivers its power to the front wheels using a 6-speed automatic transmission .
As far as the LT goes, it offers a generous amount of features plus a few package options. Standard features on the LT include heated side mirrors, 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, a remote engine start function, rear HVAC vents, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. On top of that, there are seats done in a combination of cloth and faux leather upholstery, an 8-inch touchscreen, 4G LTE WiFi hot-spot connectivity, smartphone app integration, and two USB ports with the 6-speaker sound system.
You can opt to add the Driver Confidence Package to the LT. This gives the vehicle rear parking sensors and a blind-spot monitoring system with a rear cross-traffic alert. Another package option is the Convenience Package, which equips a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a household-style power outlet, and a rear-view mirror that is auto-dimming.
Upgrading to the Premier trim level gets you special exterior accents, xenon headlights, and 18-inch wheels on the outside. Inside of the cabin, you get treated to ambient interior lighting, power adjustability for the front passenger's seat, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, and integrated navigation. Also, everything from the Driver Confidence Package comes equipped as well as the power outlet and heated front seats from the Convenience Package. A sunroof is left as a stand-alone option for the Premier.
The Premier does have package options. The Premier Convenience package offers a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, memory functions for the driver's seat, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The Premier Confidence Package tacks on adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure, and 20-inch wheels.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
With the price difference not being a massive one, we'd opt for the Premier trim level. It offers a massive amount of extra features plus gives you two good optional packages. The Premier Convenience Package is one that we'd add to the mix. Despite the extra cost, the added features it contains are truly luxurious.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
The Impala is equipped with a respectable array of standard tech features. The 8-inch infotainment touchscreen is easy to use, and syncing your smartphone apps with the system means that you don't have to rely on the built-in navigation. There are two USB outlets on the LT, and the household-style power outlet comes in handy as a standard feature on the Premier. The wireless charging pad can easily charge your smartphone without the use of a USB charger cord, and 4G LTE WiFi hot-spot connectivity gives you WiFi access while you are on the go.
How Does It Perform?
The 2020 Impala is able to accelerate with ease due to its powerful V6. The brake pedal does feel too soft for the liking, but modulating it at slower speeds is easy enough. While the steering is light and a bit sensitive around the center, it does feel otherwise precise and reliable. Handling is secure but nothing entertaining. The ride is quiet due to being well-insulated from outside noise, and the ride quality is one of compliance and smoothness.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
The folks at National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) seem to think that the 2020 Impala is a safe vehicle. They gave it a full five stars on its overall rating, and most of its individualized tests got full scores too. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Impala "Good" marks on its tests. And, given the Impala's history of driving until it is beaten into the ground, we suspect that the 2020 model will be a reliable one.
What's the Interior Like?
The Impala's interior has an awkwardly-angled touchscreen that you might not like, but sliding in and out of the seats is relatively hassle-free. And it is easy to get comfy behind the wheel. Spaciousness is a defining trait for this full-sized sedan and is what makes the Impala's interior so enjoyable. Too bad the thick roof pillars infringe on rear visibility.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
With the Impala being axed from Chevy's 2021 line-up, you might want to consider some of its alternatives. The 2021 Honda Accord is a sure-fire decision, giving you comfort, ample space, and a solid fuel economy. Of course, there is also the 2021 Toyota Avalon. While it lacks some head space for passengers, it makes up for it with a quiet cabin that is jam-packed with standard features.
Note: All Chevrolet Impala lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.