It’s official: The Chevrolet Impala has been EPA rated at 30 mpg on the highway for the 2012 model year. The ninth-generation Impala replaces the outgoing 3.5- and 3.9-liter six-cylinder engines for a more modern 3.6-liter V-6, and a newer six-speed automatic transmission replaces the four-speed automatic.The high-performance SS trim was dropped in the 2010 model year, but the new V-6 already puts out 300 horsepower, far more than either 2011 model.
Overall, the 2012 Impala is rated 18/30 mpg city/highway, or 22 mpg combined. In comparison, the 2011 model with the smaller 3.5-liter engine was rated 19/29 mpg city/highway, or 23 mpg combined while the Impala using the 3.9-liter V-6 was rated 17/27 mpg city/highway, or 21 mpg combined. The 2012 Impala can run on either gasoline, E85 bioethanol, or a combination of the two.
Known for its interior roominess, the Impala heads into the 2012 model year with minor exterior revisions (the pre-refresh model is shown). There is 18.4 cu-ft of cargo room available, more than you’ll find in the midsize Malibu.
Now that the Impala has a new engine and transmission, would you consider one over a Malibu?
Source: Chevrolet, EPA