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2016 2LZ - One Week Later

We covered four states to go pick up this car we had found listed on the internet, and drove it 7+ hours back home. Less than 2 days later, we took it on another road trip to visit the in-laws for Christmas. Now with almost 2K additional miles in the first week of ownership, I've got some initial thoughts on this new ride.

The pros: I've got to admit that this 2LZ in black, especially with the midnight edition, really does look sleek. It definitely has the American sedan look to it, but it does have a more sophisticated look than a lot of other cars coming from the states. The angles and the lighting give it great curb appeal.

Inside, everyone wants to see the "secret" compartment. The fact that everyone knows about it kinda negates the whole secret aspect, but it's a big plus on the geek scale. All the amenities and creature comforts make it a good travel car. The leather trim inside looks so much better than the plastic dash covers in my other two GM vehicles. The leather of the seats is softer, which makes me question its longevity, but for now it's a good feel. Integration with the Android phone is seamless. The GM navigation works well. All the bluetooth and voice-commands for the vehicle work perfect. I rarely have to repeat myself, and I blame that on the fact that most devices don't speak Southern.

The cons: The MyLink "Infotainment" system is a huge let down. There is so much potential for this system, but in reality, it's pretty much a waste. My biggest complaint? The fact that to maximize use of your Android phone with the system, you have to physically plug it into the USB port. What kind of crack rocks were they smoking when they thought that was a good idea? I mean, seriously, what is the point of having a wireless charging pad if I have to plug the phone into the USB port anyway?

In the back seat, there is room for three people, but the legroom is a little more cramped than in the G8. The Impala has a huge and deep trunk, and that takes away legroom. I'd rather have seen them take a little depth out of the trunk and give rear passengers that space for their feet instead, especially when your driver is 6 feet.

Really those are my only two complaints after 2K miles on the road. Fortunately for me, usually only one person rides in the back seat. Since he's only 12 years old, he fits fine for now, LOL. The Infotainment system was really an absolutely huge letdown and disappointment. All these cool gadgets and gizmos, seat memory, power steering column, heated and vented seats, and a freaking heated steering wheel .... but I still have to plug the phone into the USB port? Don't even tease me with phone integration if it's gonna be like that. LOL

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I agree the new Impalas are beautiful and a lot more sophisticated looking than a lot of other American cars, including the past couple decades of Impalas.

We had the Mylink system in our 2013 Malibu (although the Impala version is different) and we liked it then and we like it in the Impala now. Sure it could do some things different but overall I think it's great.
Our Impala is a 2015 so we don't have the wireless charging or Car Play/Android Auto. We had a 2016 LT2 rental for a week and we tested the Car Play functionality. It was nice but not anything great in my opinion. The GPS part was the best thing about it. We are using OnStar for nav and while it was hard to get used to not seeing maps, I don't mind it at all now.
A couple of things I'd hate to give up to get Car Play/Android Auto though is the 2016 and up don't have the SD card slot in the console anymore and they lost the dvr like functionality of pausing , ffw and rewinding live radio.

Post some pics up of your car. The black ones are the nicest looking ones out there in my opinion.

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