Chevy Impala gets a softer look and a tougher engine for 2012

Chevy Impala gets a softer look and a tougher engine for 2012Chevrolet has been producing the Impala since 1958, and the 2012 model will be redesigned with a slightly smoother frame and a markedly more powerful engine. The automaker will give the new car a direct-injected V6 that will be capable of generating an impressive 302 horsepower. The General Motors engine can also be found in the Chevy Malibu and the Cadillac CTS, among other GM vehicles, according to Car and Driver.

The car will sit on aluminum wheels, rather than the steel option of past models, and Bluetooth connectivity will come standard in all 2012 Impalas.

Budget shoppers may want to consider buying Impalas from the 2000-2005 model years. Motor Trend reports that the average resale price of a 2005 Chevy Impala is roughly $11,100, which can make this car ideal for people who are buying vehicles with bad credit car loans.

Edmunds reports that the 2005 Impala gets a combined 20 miles per gallon – 26 mpg highway and 17 in the city. The full-size sedan can seat up to six people, and the V6 engine is quietly powerful, with about 200 horsepower.