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I'm thinking about buying a 2014 Impala, but I'm having a tough time determining how well this car will do in snow. I live in Michigan and sometimes winters can be rough. I cannot find the minimum ground clearance on any website. Does anyone know the ground clearance? And how do you guys think it will do in snow?
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My 7th gen did well in the snow, the 8th gens seem to, the XTS and LaCrosse seem to. I'd say it will probably be fine.

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My 06 Impala does really well in the snow with winter tires.

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Would probably be more useful to hear from those who have the 2012/2013 models with the more powerful V-6. Hopefully the traction control system will help things out. But of course the best you can do is to get good snow tires for the winter time (not all season, but good soft snow tires)
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my 12 sucks in the snow. if you like the car get it then buy a beater

grownd clearance on the 12 is the same as the wife denali if your talking bottom of bumper. so a few inches of snow you will be pushing it.
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I haven't had my 2012 Impala in the winter yet, but I spin tire easily just when it's raining, so I've been a little worried that it may not be very good in the snow... I'm guessing that it's due to the gearing - 1st gear just spins the wheels too fast...

I had a 1995 Gran Prix and it had a "2nd Gear Start" switch, which was great in the winter - would help avoid the wheel spin. I wish I had that on my 2012 Impala!

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I haven't had my 2012 Impala in the winter yet, but I spin tire easily just when it's raining, so I've been a little worried that it may not be very good in the snow... I'm guessing that it's due to the gearing - 1st gear just spins the wheels too fast...

I had a 1995 Gran Prix and it had a "2nd Gear Start" switch, which was great in the winter - would help avoid the wheel spin. I wish I had that on my 2012 Impala!

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I've noticed the same on my 12 too. Wasn't sure if it is tires, more power, trans, or a combination.... I'm def considering new tires before the snow starts flying.

My 06 seemed like it handled rain much better :banghead:


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If you still have the RSAs then that's a huge part of it. lol

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So the Goodyear tires that come on the 2012 are really that bad? I always thought Goodyear made decent tires - I guess not! I bought mine with 19k and I currently have 25k, so I think the tires still have a decent amount of tread on them. I would hate to replace them when they don't actually need replaced.

Are they just junk tires though? Just curious... I don't know much about tires, to be honest!

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It's a pretty common consensus around here from 8th gen owners that the tires are just bad overall. I've heard the most complaints in poor weather conditions, but advanced wear, noise and reduced traction on the whole seem to be the biggest complaints.

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Just because a tire says "all season" does not mean it will be good in the snow. You need snow tires for snow.
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2014 owner here.

I don't know the minimum ground clearance, nor have we gotten any snow since I bought the car, but the front scrapes the ground unless I pull out of my complex's driveway at an angle. But that may be an issue of the length between the front of the car and the front tires. I don't know that measurement either, but the car is certainly a long one at 17'.

I'm not sure if that helps you. I'll try to remember to take a measurement and get back to you.
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^My 03 and 12 do the same, it's a FWD issue. It's not the bumper scraping, though. It's the air dam hanging down, the plastic piece.

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I lowered my car and scrape the air dam just pulling into my girlfriends driveway... Just don't pull the air dam off though, it helps block rocks and debris from hitting your oil pan and trans pan.
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I've just bought my 2014 Impala and haven't measured underneath, but Consumer Reports last year gave the ground clearance as 6 inches. That's more than most sedans these days, I think.
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