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Impala is elegant and snappy

As you probably discovered, economical family sedans don’t include wake-me-when-it’s-over styling any longer. That holds true of midsize automobiles like the Ford Fusion and Kia Optima, and huge four-doors like the Chevrolet Impala. Revamped for 2014 to the pleasure of the vehicle intelligentsia, the Impala is as handsome as it fits. In the case of the tester, an upmarket, V-6-powered LTZ equipped with the new Midnight Edition Appearance Plan ($1,195), a good-looking car gets to provide the impression that it depends on no excellent. The Midnight Edition was most likely inspired by an air-raid blackout, or that goth forensic researcher on TELEVISION’s long-running NCIS. For openers, the vehicle is painted black and upholstered in black. Then, the bundle substitutes a black grille for the regular chrome one with black, 19-inch wheels for the standard fare, and, of course, the obligatory rear spoiler. The net outcome is something of a head-turner that isn’t a lot stylish as it is cool. And perhaps that’s just as well since the Impala is not to be puzzled with a sport sedan. While it definitely handles capably enough, the Impala is not marketing Corvette cornering. It is offering a pleasing, comfortable, real-world driving experience. The test automobile showed well screwed together inside and out. The interior design was clean and clever, and worked well. The only thing I could have done without was the ice-blue ambient lighting, a nocturnal ribbon of light that ran entirely around the interior’s periphery, suggesting it crossed the dash and ran back underneath the window sills to the back of the cabin. Because I lost my job as executive assistant to the madam at your home of the Increasing Sun (which has actually been “the mess up of numerous a poor boy,” according to a tune sung by the Animals), I didn’t actually need to be advised of a past life in the blue-light district. The Impala is a big vehicle (201 inches long) and the roomy interior shows that. So does the trunk, which will hold almost 19 cubic feet …
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Why 2016 has brought trouble for Indian car buyers

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