Is it a rental? Rentals don't usually come with the black Chevrolet bowties on the front though.

Our Spotlight is on the 2018 Chevrolet Impala Premier, GM's full-size front-wheel drive sedan. We have the fully loaded trim with the Midnight Edition package and Premier Convenience Package. Our full tour and review of this sedan goes over the exterior and interior features of this car, we take it on a road test to talk about how it performs and rides, and everything else you need to know if you're in the market for a car like this.

Loaded at just under $46,000 Canadian, we found the Chevrolet Impala Premier offered most of the features mid-size sedans do for around $6,000 less, but still comes short in some areas. Despite this being a full-size sedan, rear seat features were almost non-existent, we'd like to see more focus put on the rear occupants.

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Comments

    • Karen K
      Karen K

      I own a 2016 fully loaded/midnight edition LTZ2 version of this car and I absolutely love it!!!! I get so many compliments on it being a 'sharp looking' car. I will have this car for a very long time! :) Thanks for the review.

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Karen K

      Glad to hear it! We're very disappointed that GM is planning to kill off the Impala, this was one of the few cars this year that truly surprised us.

      about 2 months ago
    • KeweKrypto 12
      KeweKrypto 12

      I like the Chevy interior better than the Lacrosse or XTS. It has more styling to it, looks more exciting. The other Two are very nice, but too conservative. I'm going with the Impala. Either a Midnight edition premier or a pearl premier with the adaptive cruise (Likey the grille and wheels that comes with that).

      about 3 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to KeweKrypto 12

      The Impala was easily one of the most surprising cars this past year for us. We hope our episode on it helps to get some more people interested in this car and consider it for their next purchase!

      about 3 months ago
    • Charles Blount
      Charles Blount

      This is a great car.  Have had the Premier over 8 months now.  If you don't like the car it's probably because you have your nose in the air.  I had a Cadillac before this one, and this is a dollar for dollar wonder car.  Thanks for the video.

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Charles Blount

      We were really impressed with this car. Has a lot going for it, we hope GM doesn't kill it off as some of our commenters have pointed towards.

      about 4 months ago
    • tiemishuu101
      tiemishuu101

      I'm 20 and I love this car

      about 4 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to tiemishuu101

      Glad to hear it! Full size sedans are still king in our books.

      about 4 months ago
    • Leonard Mbele
      Leonard Mbele

      sporty!!! can't wait to get my hands on such

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Leonard Mbele

      We'd be happy to drive one of these also!

      about 5 months ago
    • azaz911c
      azaz911c

      Hi Nile, I find the Impala has great presence on the road being such a large car. The steering wheel styling generally resembles that of the 2006-2013 W221 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. I was curious whether you found rearward visibility in the Impala to be problematic. The Impala has a sloping parcel shelf that rises from the backseat towards the rear window. Some reviewers have commented that it impairs rearward visbility, while some owners say they get used to it pretty quickly and it isn't a problem with the rear view camera.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to azaz911c

      When it comes to reversing, the camera is definitely a must. We found that the sloped parcel shelf did reduce rear visibility, especially on the highway where it was harder to see traffic behind that was close because of it. It isn't the first car we've had this issue with, a simple solution for GM could be to offer their video rearview camera which is exclusive on Cadillac right now, but with Nissan rolling a similar system out on their vehicles, maybe GM will too.

      about 5 months ago
    • Darius Floyd
      Darius Floyd

      Go back to rear wheel for that icon car.....n V8

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Darius Floyd

      Seems like this is the general feeling from our commenters! GM should take note!

      about 5 months ago
    • Derrion Brumfield
      Derrion Brumfield

      Ok way better than the Taurus, smoother & more roomy than the maxima & more handsome to me, younger looking than the 300 & Avalon & well it'll definitely last longer than a dodge charger but the charger is a beautiful car.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Derrion Brumfield

      The Charger does have a very aggressive look, plus FCA really gives you a lot of choice with that car. We were pretty happy with the Impala though, doesn't stand out or show off, but it does a good job of being a big car.

      about 5 months ago
    • Jeffrey Crosby
      Jeffrey Crosby

      No thanks, Chevys are pieces of trash, actually all Chevys are, cheap plastic parts and poor design

      about 5 months ago
    • Faron J.
      Faron J. In reply to Jeffrey Crosby

      You don't know what you're talking about there Buckwheat. I've had Chevy farm-trucks (C60's), Pickups, etc. Had an '08 LTZ, & traded it for a CPO 2015 loaded LTZ, with the optional 20" wheels. The ones shown here are 19's, on this Midnight-Edition Impala.

      What do you drive....a Schwinn?

      about 3 months ago
    • Derrion Brumfield
      Derrion Brumfield In reply to Jeffrey Crosby

      They last though !

      about 5 months ago
    • regular motors
      regular motors

      I wish for 2019 sense they are discontinuing the impala that they went nuts by putting a v8 in it rear wheel drive and like 400hp

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to regular motors

      The RWD might be hard to do for a final year, as they'd have to develop a new chassis, however they should be able to stick a V8 in this without much issue. Call it a special edition Impala SS with something the enthusiasts will appreciate as a farewell to the nameplate if they do retire it after 2019.

      about 5 months ago
    • Gordon Reiher
      Gordon Reiher

      That motorized cubby-hole cracked me up! I give it 2 years before it breaks.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Gordon Reiher

      Oh yeah! That's going to be going in for service often.

      about 5 months ago
    • hood
      hood

      Cruising down the street in my 18

      about 5 months ago
    • MrDejast
      MrDejast

      What an overpriced pig, I bought the cheapest 4 cylinder model, no options, paid less than 22 k. Live in Chicago, no snow tires, performing just great thank you very much.

      about 5 months ago
    • Wesley Young
      Wesley Young In reply to MrDejast

      mpg ? you make?

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to MrDejast

      Keep in mind this fully-loaded price is in Canadian, and it's highly unlikely anyone would pay full retail price on this car.

      about 5 months ago
    • DRT71
      DRT71

      This car was a gem when it came out 5+ years ago....exterior/interior were tops in many reviews.  What a shame that GM/Chevrolet does not market this car!  They should take this car and put it on a RWD caddy chassis if they decide to refresh it.  Of course, they have it on the chopping block with the dive in car sales....but there are still people out there that don't want suvs.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to DRT71

      We're one of those who don't want to buy an SUV! We'd definitely consider the Impala if Chevrolet moved it to truly compete with the Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus, it needs a longer wheelbase and RWD.

      about 5 months ago
    • Herbert Johnson
      Herbert Johnson

      Nice ride. Next door neighbor has one. Just price it accordingly. 45 grand, you're swimming in deep water.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Herbert Johnson

      Agreed! It sits about $6,000 higher than the top-end mid-size sedans we've featured, but misses out on things like a 360º camera, auto-opening trunk, premium leather seating, and other small features. Once you add those in, the $6k doesn't seem like an appropriate difference in price for a few extra inches of legroom.

      about 5 months ago
    • Kevin Shackelford
      Kevin Shackelford

      This car was a sleeper. Was surprised by the over feel and ride quality....best purchase I made in a very long time.

      about 5 months ago
    • Masculus
      Masculus In reply to Kevin Shackelford

      +PRN_TestDrive how would you compare the Impala with the Charger or 300. I can't decide between this and a V8 hemi charger/300 as a daily driver.

      about 11 days ago
    • JWiLLfoReaL
      JWiLLfoReaL In reply to Kevin Shackelford

      Perpetual Radio Networks do you feel a difference? I know your beemer is a V8.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Kevin Shackelford

      One of our personal vehicles is a 2001 BMW 740iL which was the original car we started filming these videos on. It's only a 282 horsepower V8 in comparison to the Chevy's 305.

      about 5 months ago
    • JWiLLfoReaL
      JWiLLfoReaL In reply to Kevin Shackelford

      Perpetual Radio Networks 7 series? What car? Oh I got u. That last body style. Mines is a 305 like this. Just last gen body.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Kevin Shackelford

      At 305 hp it's not bad at all! It's why I had to remind myself during the video that our 7 Series only made 282 hp when new.

      about 5 months ago
    • David Prosper
      David Prosper

      I also dislike the Steering Wheel. But the car is really nice.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to David Prosper

      It's not like Chevrolet has gorgeous steering wheels in their other cars either, but this one is award-winningly terrible.

      about 5 months ago
    • pontiacGXPfan
      pontiacGXPfan

      Chevrolet SS was better

      about 5 months ago
    • ALEX MALEAN
      ALEX MALEAN In reply to pontiacGXPfan

      Agreed. Never liked Malibus

      about 5 months ago
    • pontiacGXPfan
      pontiacGXPfan In reply to pontiacGXPfan

      ALEX MALEAN maybe so but they were a hell of a lot more impressive than this overgrown Malibu ever was

      about 5 months ago
    • ALEX MALEAN
      ALEX MALEAN In reply to pontiacGXPfan

      They were trash and didn't sell. Do your research

      about 5 months ago
    • unjaded2
      unjaded2 In reply to pontiacGXPfan

      SS is a true sports sedan !

      about 5 months ago
    • ImpalaDeen
      ImpalaDeen

      I have a 12' Impala LTZ and it rips, it certainly has a very dated interior for a 12' but it has all the necessities i need such as heated seats, remote start, and a good sounding bose surround sound. My channel shows my car.

      about 5 months ago
    • JakeDrives
      JakeDrives In reply to ImpalaDeen

      a weaker structure than a more modernly designed vehicle. I find the star rating to not hold up to it's initial rating after years gone by and vehicles twice as strong in the same size/weight class entering the field. I guess that's the way things go when we're looking at over ten years ago now since the design and build of the first Impala of that body.

      about 5 months ago
    • JakeDrives
      JakeDrives In reply to ImpalaDeen

      https://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2018/02/3_killed_in_onondaga_crash_were_headed_to_occ_dorms_after_picking_up_man_from_wo.html

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to ImpalaDeen

      I don't see how a 2012 Impala could be considered unsafe. The NHTSA gave the 2012 Impala a 4 star overall safety rating, mostly losing points for no active safety tech, that wouldn't really do anything in a side impact.

      about 5 months ago
    • ImpalaDeen
      ImpalaDeen In reply to ImpalaDeen

      +JakeDrives nah bro, i had an accident in my pala with a honda crv and his car was totalled few thousand later my impala is back on the road doing fine, not sure why you care dad how fast i be pullin bitches i got no kids and if i did they would be rollin in a murdered out boat bruh

      about 5 months ago
    • JakeDrives
      JakeDrives In reply to ImpalaDeen

      unsafe. 3 young adults local to me were killed as they were t boned by an acadia in the middle of the night. if you have children I suggest you get them into a safer and more modern vehicle.

      about 5 months ago
    • Chris B.
      Chris B.

      I'd love to see an Impala SS with the drivetrain of a Chevy SS sedan. That would be a car I'd buy for sure.

      about 5 months ago
    • unjaded2
      unjaded2 In reply to Chris B.

      they gave the SS little to zero advertisement in North America. It was Huge hit as a Holden in AU , that is not made amylonger

      about 5 months ago
    • Herbert Johnson
      Herbert Johnson In reply to Chris B.

      Didn't they already offer that and not enough people were interested?

      about 5 months ago
    • JakeDrives
      JakeDrives In reply to Chris B.

      Don't joke.

      about 5 months ago
    • Zak Forte
      Zak Forte

      i rly hope they don't axe this :/

      about 5 months ago
    • Zak Forte
      Zak Forte In reply to Zak Forte

      JakeDrives accurate

      about 5 months ago
    • JakeDrives
      JakeDrives In reply to Zak Forte

      same! needs a refresh for five more years of solid sales! people will buy these if they make It relevant again. great car!

      about 5 months ago
    • Dixie Normous
      Dixie Normous

      WHY WOULDN'T IT BE RWD. WHAT THE FUCJ CHEVY

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Dixie Normous

      That really is the question of the century.

      about 5 months ago
    • CharlestonCarVideos
      CharlestonCarVideos

      I'm not a big fan of to many smooth camera shots tho lol. seems to take the realness of the review away. I'm a reviewer myself and I like making my viewers sea sick while watching my videos lol

      about 5 months ago
    • CharlestonCarVideos
      CharlestonCarVideos In reply to CharlestonCarVideos

      Thats great. Well nothing wrong with having some steady shots in your videos. I guess its something you have to practice at with using those 3 axis gimbal systems. If I had one I'd probably be running everywhere with it saying HEY LOOK AT ME I HAVE A Cool Stabilizer everyone lol. Still the most important part of the video is the product and person on camera. Always remember your here to teach and entertain your viewers so they will come back.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to CharlestonCarVideos

      We're working to figure out a better way to film while maintaining the production time. Our older videos used a DSLR on a tripod & slider, now we're using motorized stabilizers with software stabilizing to try to reduce some of the hand shake.

      about 5 months ago
    • CharlestonCarVideos
      CharlestonCarVideos

      That's Pretty:) Nice In Depth review buddy!

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to CharlestonCarVideos

      Glad you liked it, thanks! We're always happy to have our minds changed when driving something.

      about 5 months ago
    • michael jackson
      michael jackson

      Looks great I wish it was Rwd

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to michael jackson

      I think a lot of people would agree with you on that!

      about 5 months ago
    • Lord Twaddle
      Lord Twaddle

      This car's saying isn't going to age well, I can already see that.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Lord Twaddle

      It might not. Most of GM's sedans from the 2000s haven't aged well at all.

      about 5 months ago
    • Ozpley Osbourne
      Ozpley Osbourne

      I own a LaCrosse but I've always liked the body style of the Impala.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Ozpley Osbourne

      It's a different look, and GM should get credit for not making the LaCrosse a badge-engineered Impala.

      about 5 months ago
    • For me it was Tuesday.
      For me it was Tuesday.

      They will discontinue the Impala in 2019. So sad they couldnt make something better like a v8 coupe Impala. At leas I got my 78.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to For me it was Tuesday.

      The SS didn't do very well in sales unfortunately. It wouldn't surprise is if GM axed this from their fleet, but then again GM does like to keep a heavy inventory to appeal to as many buyers as possible.

      about 5 months ago
    • dominque jackson
      dominque jackson In reply to For me it was Tuesday.

      They do look up the chevy SS

      about 5 months ago
    • Rye Shelton.
      Rye Shelton.

      RWD Impala anyone.

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Rye Shelton.

      RWD and extend that wheelbase into proper full-size sedan territory and now we're talking!

      about 5 months ago
    • ImpalaDeen
      ImpalaDeen In reply to Rye Shelton.

      If my 12' was RWD, i would cream my pants, i wouldnt want any other vehicle with performance it already has.

      about 5 months ago
    • R M
      R M

      Great video. I was the same way, always judged the impala as a basic rental car. Guess it isn't a 1 trick pony. Nice job again

      about 5 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to R M

      We're always happy to have our minds changed, and this is an episode that really shows that. Thanks for watching!

      about 5 months ago