“Over $30,000 for a 6 cylinder in the new Impala? Are they bonkers?”
Fortunately, the guys and gals at Chevy may not be bonkers after all. Rather, the 2014 Impala is priced rather competitively.
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For starters, the 2014 Impala — which does not offer all-wheel drive — with the six-cylinder (LFX) engine is $4,900 more than the 2013 model, which happens to be powered by the same mill. Perhaps that is the primary source of sticker shock.
Nevertheless, the Impala V6 is not the most expensive model in its class. Its $30,760 base price (for the LT) is $1,490 less than that of the 2013 Hyundai Azera and $230 less than that of the 2013 Toyota Avalon; coincidentally, both the Hyundai and Toyota are all-new for the 2013 model year.
However, the 2014 Impala with the V6 is $915 more than the Chrysler 300 and — here’s the kicker — $4,765 more expensive than a 2013 Dodge Charger and $4,160 more than the 2013 Ford Taurus — both of which offer V6 engines as standard equipment.
Of course, those are all starting prices — and don’t reflect differences in equipment or features. In addition, keep in mind that these prices may actually not be as important in the marketplace due to various model-specific incentives.
That said, there’s one thing in particular that caught our eye: the Impala is the only vehicle in the segment that offers (or will offer) a naturally-aspirated four cylinder engine — the new 2.5 liter (LCV) direct-injected mill making 195 horse and 187 lb-ft of torque. In that regard, perhaps The Bow Tie brand is setting a trend.
So, after reviewing the numbers, what do you make of the 2014 Impala’s price? Sound off in the comments below.