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2016 Chevy Impala Review

The 2016 Chevy Impala is a superior vehicle in a variety of important areas, including handling, power, fuel economy, comfort and workmanship. The full-size sedan that comes in four trims: base LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ. General Motors also offers the Impala in a bi-fuel design that runs on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG).

The Chevy Impala’s crisp lines and stylish contours represent a distinct departure from previous versions. The interior is exceptionally quiet and luxurious. Chevrolet clearly committed to the use of high-grade materials in the design of the dash and other interior appointments. Multiple small-item storage areas add to convenience. Rear-seat passengers enjoy a generous amount of space compared to the backseats of certain competing models. Behind those rear-seat occupants is a large trunk.

When it comes to infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charging and Bluetooth audio steaming can be added to the MyLink system for the first time. Using an 8-inch touch screen, you can access up to 60 favorite stations and destinations while connecting up to ten Bluetooth devices, and you have room for storing the information of up to 1,000 contacts. GM’s OnStar system now includes 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connections.

If you’re looking for a V6 Impala, you’ll have to select from the LT or LTZ models, as the LS is always equipped with a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine. The larger 3.6 L V6 is standard in LTZs and optional in LT trims. All 2016 Chevy Impalas do share two key components: a 6-speed transmission and front-wheel-drive.

The 4-cylinder engine will generate up to 196 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is enhanced by a stop/start system that shuts done the engine at red lights and other stops. The combined EPA rating is a competitive 25 mpg. The larger 3.6 L V6 is rated at 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. The EPA highway rating is 28 mpg and the city rating is 18 mpg, for a combined rating of 22 mpg. The larger engine allows the Impala to reach 60 mph from a standing start in just 6.4 seconds. The bi-fuel Impala features a special V6 that achieves 230 hp and 218 lb-ft of torque when running on CNG.

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala comes standard with traction control, stability control and anti-lock brakes. Ten strategically positioned airbags undoubtedly contribute to the perfect five-star safety rating achieved in the government’s front and side impact tests. Electronic driver assists are available, including blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors and rear-view camera.

In creating the 2016 Impala, Chevrolet’s engineering and design teams have carefully crafted a truly modern sedan that successfully balances power, handling, style, luxury, fuel efficiency and safety. Occupants in spacious front and rear seats enjoy an exceptionally quiet and comfortable ride. Drivers enjoy acceleration that is more than sufficient in the four-cylinder set-up, and downright exhilarating in V6-equipped models.


Smartphone Overheating? Chevrolet Impala Can Help

While occasional smartphone overheating is normal, it can be disconcerting as it saps the phone’s battery life and slows processing speeds. Industry-first technology coming soon to some 2016 Chevrolet models can help cool down this problem.

Engineers regularly subject vehicles to the most extreme climates to ensure subsystems work properly. While testing a smartphone wireless charging feature, they noticed some smartphones would suspend charging or shut off altogether after only a few minutes in high temperatures inside a car’s cabin.

Most smartphones have built-in thermal protection features to protect battery life, but that protection – which can cause the phone to pause charging or turn off until it has cooled down – is inconvenient for customers on the road who rely on their smartphones for streaming music, navigation or receiving phone calls.

Chevrolet is addressing this with a system called Active Phone Cooling in several vehicles, including the 2016 Impala and Malibu equipped with available wireless charging. No other automotive manufacturer offers a similar solution for in-vehicle smartphone cooling.

An air vent connected directly to the car’s air conditioning and ventilation system is directed to the charging bin where the phone rests for wireless charging, sending cool air to help lower the phone’s temperature. Active Phone Cooling operates only when the HVAC system is turned on by the driver.

“Over time, regular overheating can do permanent damage to the lithium ion batteries that power our smartphones. I always recommend keeping your phone in a cool, ventilated place, where it can stay at a comfortable room temperature, whether it’s charging or discharging,” said Jeffrey Van Camp, deputy editor of Digital Trends.

Several factors can cause or worsen overheating in smartphones like heavy strain on the device’s data and graphics processors, high ambient temperatures or simply charging the device. The problem can be worse inside vehicles during hot weather. Heat is trapped inside a vehicle during hot days causing cabin temperatures to soar much higher than outside temperatures.

“Innovation doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel,” said Impala engineer Dan Lascu. “Sometimes simplicity offers the most elegant solution to a problem.”

After pairing their compatible phones with the available MyLink radio, Impala and Malibu customers can access phone features such as streaming music or making phone calls through steering wheel controls or voice commands.

Active Phone Cooling will also be available in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt and Cruze equipped with available wireless charging.

Cecil Clark Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

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