Chevrolet Impala Test Drive
There's been an abundance of automobiles in my life this month.
It began with an invitation from Chevy to attend a retreat in a 2014 Chevrolet Impala. I took my buddy Elvis and we had a blast.
Then, for my wedding, Ford kindly lent me a 2013 Ford Edge in tuxedo black. It was perfectly roomy for hauling a ton of stuff to and from the venue.
Last week, I zipped around the city in a 2013 Infiniti M37xS. It was great fun to experience such luxury after 13 years in a Mazda Protege.
Now, I'm driving a Hyundai Genesis Sedan and my son and I have a road trip to Huntsville planned. I'm told there's a "blood-pumping" 348 hp from the 3.8 GT engine. I'll report back how it all went.
No, this isn't the new normal, just a perfect storm of test drives that has left my old beater feeling neglected. The month of cars is winding down.
At the end of my retreat with the 2014 Chevy Impala, I was lucky enough to get a tour of the GM plant in Oshawa. Well, to be honest, the tour was only a small part of the 10 million square feet Oshawa Car Assembly, but it was still very impressive.
Logistically, it's a mind bender. They make the Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Impala and Buick Regal around the clock, and everything runs like a finely tuned watch. It takes about 25-28 hours to build a car from start to finish
There are approximately 5,400 hourly employees and 400 salaried employees, and many working in the plant have their own boombox blasting their own tunes. As you walk the tour you'll go from golden oldies to hard rock to classic rock and country.
I was invited to participate in the Chevrolet Impala Drive Event this week. I've already written about the golf and the whiskey tasting, and I'll soon write about my tour of the GM plant in Oshawa, but this entry is about the 2014 Chevrolet Impala we drove from Oshawa to Fenelon Falls and back.
When I think Impala, I think cop car. Now that I've spent some time with the new Impala, I think it's a sexier version of the new Ford Taurus.
It looks great, drives silently and wonderfully and has the roomiest trunk I've ever seen. I could fit at least three hockey bags in here.
The standard Impala's MSRP is $28,445. The version I drove had MyLink pairing my smart phone and making it easy to surf media and the navigation system with natural voice commands. Elvis and I listened to a lot of Lithium 34 on XM.
If you think you know the Impala, you might want to look again.
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