Blackout: 2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition

The Impala marque has been around for quite a long time, since 1956 to be exact. Sure it’s missed a few years, but nevertheless it is alive and well. The current model, the tenth generation, is a roomy and comfortable, full-size that is selling well for GM. In the last three months, 30,554 new Impalas have been put on the road, and some are equipped just like our tester, with the Midnight Edition Appearance Package.

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Chevrolet is no stranger to appearance packages. This Midnight Edition is, as advertised, completely cosmetic. Only available in Jet Black, the package adds unique black 19″ wheels, a rear spoiler, and black side mirrors. The Chevrolet badges are also blacked out, but not quite the same way they were on the Camaro Z/28. On the inside…you guessed it…black leather. The interior certainly is nice and adds to the midnight-ness of this edition. All-in-all, if you like black, there really is no better choice. However, the Midnight Edition doesn’t totally black-out the entire car. There are copious amounts of chrome trim adorning the front fascia, window surrounds and tailpipes.

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So what is this auspiciously dark Impala like to drive? It’s exactly what you’d expect from a big American sedan. The driver is treated to 305 horsepower springing to life from the 3.6L V6. Acceleration is ample and unhampered by the somewhat-clunky 6-speed automatic. Feedback at the helm is largely nonexistent. Steering is large-car numb, but this isn’t a car for the back roads and it would be a disservice to treat it as such. As a daily driver, the Impala excels an errand-running, work-commuting powerhouse. The excellent Bose sound system keeps you completely isolated from the annoyances of the outside world. The Impala’s suspension offers an extremely comfortable ride, just as the American cars of old were. The front wheel drive platform, shared with the now defunct Cadillac XTS, didn’t fare well in difficult weather conditions. One night of winter weather sent the Impala’s traction and stability control system into fits. All other safety features came in handy for the aforementioned commute. Features such as forward collision assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert were optioned into our tester.

Inside the Impala is picks up some new technology for 2016. Leading that charge is the addition of Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility. The Android Auto interface was seamless, aided by the addition of a wireless charging pad to eliminate battery drain. The Chevy MyLink screen wasn’t as good as the updated screens in newer GM products, but the functionality was excellent and had no issues all week.

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The Impala is still a very acceptable car for families and anyone looking for a large car with midsize fuel economy and a couple different engine options. The Midnight Edition Appearance Package adds the looks to the car for a sales boost that was needed at the end of 2015 and early 2016. The only condition? You have to like black.

-Scott Villeneuve

2016 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ
 Midnight Edition Appearance Package $1,195
LTZ Comfort & Convenience Package $1,035
LTZ Advanced Technology Package $735
Chevy MyLink w/ navigation $495
Destination Charges $825
As Tested MSRP $39,825

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