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One Year Review of my 2014 Chevy Impala LTZ 3.6L

I've been driving this magnificent "de-contented" XTS for 1 year and 3 months now after relinquishing an equally powered LLT 3.6L 2011 Camaro for a need of more room.

This car is fantastic. In taking the XTS and Lacrosse and giving Chevy a version GM created essentially a Blue Collar worker who just won the Lottery. I mean that. The Drivability of this car is pretty fantastic.

As mentioned before I came from a smaller, RWD coupe that handled damn nice and could seriously get up and go for a V6 weighing almost 3800lbs in the Camaro. That car was clocked in at about 5.6secs on a good day. Catch it in the right shift and U could take down V8 powered Chargers. No $h!. My Impala is fully loaded with everything except the 20 Inch wheels. I opted for the 245/45/19s. In fact this is the gist:

Blue Ray Metallic
Mojave/Black Accents
3.6L

Comfort And Convenience Package
Provides an extra measure of premium refinement , including:
Ventilated driver and front passenger seats
Heated steering wheel
Power tilt and telescoping steering column
Memory settings for the driver seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel
Universal Home Remote
Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
Outside heated power-adjustable mirrors with turn signal indicators, ground illumination and driver-side auto-dimming feature
Premium carpeted front and rear floor mats
Carpeted trunk mat
power, tilt-sliding sunroof with additional skylight fixed glass and power sunshade.
Chevrolet MyLink® Radio With Navigation, AM/FM Stereo And CD
Heated and Cooled Seats
Heated Steering Wheel

The only thing I didn't get was 20inch wheels, Bose® premium surround sound 11-speaker system and Adaptive Cruise

I compared the XTS to the Impala directly and felt that they were different vehicles bottom line.. and one ride in either one will see what I'm saying.

The Cadillac has a more sporty feel about it ironically. It handles better.. it even feels faster off the cuff.. The materials inside the cabin are evidently better.. and by that I mean the Impala has the material quality that my CTS has.. which was born in 2008 in reality (despite being a 2012).. while the XTS takes it to the next level. Essentially it is easy to see that GM spent good money on the Impala... and even more on the Cadillac.. which is obvious, and redundant for me to say.

I have to say that the Impala comes off as more of a surprise to most people who see it. Examples are:
"WOW.. that's the new Impala??? Damn!!! NOTHING like the last one.. NOTHING like it at"

Its weird. A year later I'm still getting this and people in much more expensive cars constantly are in Ahhh of what Chevy/GM did with this vehicle. I had a chick in her 30s.. while I was at the grocery store getting ready to take stuff outta my cart and put in the trunk actually say to me;

"Do U mind if I see if I can fit in that trunk???"

I allowed her. She did. I got her phone number and we had drinks and stuff True Story. :gitfunky:

OK..

versus The XTS:

"Nice.. very nice.. Of course.. tho.. Its a Cadillac. truly a beautiful vehicle."

Vehicle noises. Would U believe that the Impala's engine note is more subdued than the XTS's. I $h! U not... The Impala is seemingly quieter at WOT. The Impala is supposedly faster (0-60 6.0 (Impala) vs 0-60 6.1 (XTS)but that's negligible. The XTS is technically heavier so I'll give it a pass. The truth is I think that now that the Impala is broken in it will crack the 5.7sec number.

It may be even faster as of YESTERDAY (11/05/14) because I decided to take her up to the local garage and swop the mufflers I had on my Camaro RS 3.6L and put them on the Impala. Yes.. when I traded in my Camaro I made them take the flowmaster Super 44s off and put the OE ones back on as part of the deal. Yesterday I had some down time and decided to show up to the garage with Flowmasters in truck and have them do a swap.

Sound: They gave it a throatier sound definitely.. but not loud like the Camaro was. WHY??? Well because on the Impala and many other GM products they put a Resonator on that acts as a primary muffler. This buffs out even more sound, but like the mufflers create more back pressure




Power Increase:

This is seat of the pants obviously, but there is noticeable.. and I mean noticeable pull with the Flow Masters on the car. Seriously. The sound is throatier and the set-up makes the car actually feel more like a V8. The pull actually reminds me of the pull my '05 Cadillac STS 4.6L had. That car was rated at 320HP and 315lbs of torque. That car was 200lbs heavier.

The thing is that tomorrow I told them I'd be back up to get the Resonator taken off and replaced with a straight pipe. The sound should be more solid and the back pressure coming from the resonator will be gone.


Fuel economy. I average about 23MPG combined with about 70% Stop and go in the City areas. On the road/highway I am hitting 28-32MPG regularly and keep in mind I'm a heavy foot. Fill Up around here is about $54 at the moment with gas at $2.89 and a 18.5 gallon tank.



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Thank you for the review and welcome to the forum! Moved to the Reviews forum.

Also, sweet 66!

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Thank you for the review. Have you had any problems? Any recalls? Any warranty repairs?

I bought a new 2014 Impala 2LTZ (without the 20" wheels, adaptive cruise or block heater) and have had numerous defects surface quickly. My car has been recalled twice (power steering and parking brake) and a body control module recall is pending.

Good luck - I really like the car but not the poor quality.
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Welcome! Great review and nice car!!

~Jeff
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Precision 6262 Turbo, ZZP Z3, Tial wastegate and BOV, CXRacing intercooler, ZZP 3" turbo-back w/ muffler delete, Bosch 42.5# Injectors, Bosch fuel pump, CTS-V Brembos, Stainless lines, BC Racing coilovers, Dorman solid sway bar, BMR trailing arms, SPEC-D LED headlights, LED heads and fogs, Quad tails, C5 reverse lights, All LED interior, LED 6 gauge cluster retrofit, LED puddle lights, LED underglow, Debadged, Painted emblems, Color-matched trim, Wrapped dash & door trim, Kenwood DDX271, Polk Audio dxi6500 components, Polk Audio db690, Hifonics GLX100.4, 2x Polk Audio db1240 in custom box, Hifonics ZRX1800.1D, KMC District, Nitto NT555G2, SS tail covers, SS spoiler, SS Lip, 20% tint, Black mesh grille

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Thank you for the review and welcome to the forum! Moved to the Reviews forum.

Also, sweet 66!
Thanks. Wish they would make a two door 2016 Impala. A Good friend of mine at GM has told me that once the SS is dead.. 2018 may see a merging of the Impala and SS as one on a RWD/AWD platform. No mention of whether that was Alpha or Omega, but considering the size of the CTS and SS are kind are same...
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Thank you for the review. Have you had any problems? Any recalls? Any warranty repairs?

I bought a new 2014 Impala 2LTZ (without the 20" wheels, adaptive cruise or block heater) and have had numerous defects surface quickly. My car has been recalled twice (power steering and parking brake) and a body control module recall is pending.

Good luck - I really like the car but not the poor quality.
Actually I have taken my car in twice for Recalls. The first one was for a a moisture thing in the rear taillight assembly which I hadn't experienced but decided to take in on the side of caution. The second was the power steering, which again I took in simply because I received the letter not because I was experiencing any issue. While I was there they pulled up the parking brake recall and did the reprogram for that at the same time.

I had my oil change and Tire Rotation both times. I am at 20K and have had my oil changed 4 times under warranty as I taken the car back to the dealer at about 3K because I felt that one of my wheels were outta balance. They re-balanced and did oil. Another time after that I had oil change simply because I was at 20%.

I cannot equate recalls for such things as a lack of quality. I have owned over 40 cars (and have a list if U wanna see it) and I kno quality issues when I see them and this car.. thus far (knock on wood) hasn't exhibited any.

Ride is solid. Looks way above the pay grade. Power is strong. Technology is awesome. Reliability is exemplary. Like I said, Recalls, especially these days of massive ones from the Foreign brands on new cars, from GM have been relatively BS and over blown. Most of them could have been simply TSBs The Ignition thing obviously is the exception.

Since my days over at GMI as LovelyMoon this is my line-up, not including my Impalas, of QUALITY GM cars:




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Wow! That's quite a fleet!!!

~Jeff
*2001 Impala Ls - 141k
Precision 6262 Turbo, ZZP Z3, Tial wastegate and BOV, CXRacing intercooler, ZZP 3" turbo-back w/ muffler delete, Bosch 42.5# Injectors, Bosch fuel pump, CTS-V Brembos, Stainless lines, BC Racing coilovers, Dorman solid sway bar, BMR trailing arms, SPEC-D LED headlights, LED heads and fogs, Quad tails, C5 reverse lights, All LED interior, LED 6 gauge cluster retrofit, LED puddle lights, LED underglow, Debadged, Painted emblems, Color-matched trim, Wrapped dash & door trim, Kenwood DDX271, Polk Audio dxi6500 components, Polk Audio db690, Hifonics GLX100.4, 2x Polk Audio db1240 in custom box, Hifonics ZRX1800.1D, KMC District, Nitto NT555G2, SS tail covers, SS spoiler, SS Lip, 20% tint, Black mesh grille

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Thanks for the review. And your selection of GM cars is superb. I come to the LTZ out of an XTSvsport. (lease was up). I also have a 2015 Camaro RS SS Convertible.
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Technology is awesome. Reliability is exemplary.
Can't go wrong with Technology, but lets give it another year or two to see how reliable the new impala is lol. I felt the same way that you feel about your new Impala when I got my "New" 2007 impala in 07', fast forward to 2013 I began to hate it lol.

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Agreed - way too early to say that reliability is exemplary. Reliability *better* be exemplary on a 2 year old car with 20k miles!

True reliability can't be determined until at least 75k->100k miles, in my opinion... Once you get over 100k miles, I almost expect things to start going wrong, but no way should there be any reliability issues at 20k miles!

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Just realized you're out of Maryland too What part?

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The seats

I took my first long trip in the car, it was only about 400 miles each way. I found that the seats felt hard after a few hours making my butt hurt. The seat bottoms need more padding in my opinion. I don't know how it will be if we go on a longer trip. I drove almost 1000 miles straight in each direction on vacation to and from home in a Ford Edge, the seats were way better.
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We had an Edge too, lovely cruising car with great seats.

2 previous cars were camaros, 2013 V6 Vert & 2018 V6 Coupe. My light wheat leather,black accents reminds me of my 2013 Vert with Katzkin aftermarket leather. I love the ride on the 18 inch wheels and acoustic glass & triple seals doors coming from 2 Camaros. The 11 speaker Bose system put my Camaro 8 speaker Bose system to shame.
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