Best new small cars under $30,000
Bold and exciting.
Base price: $30,545 As tested: $36,795 Sharing a platform with the Cadillac XTS, this front-drive Impala is big, handsome and boasts a surprisingly high-quality cabin. The base car gets a 2.5-litre four cylinder, but go for the V6 LTZ trim and its high equipment level. The lush appointments pit it against higher-priced luxury vehicles.
We like: The massive trunk and on-road composure.
Engine: 2.5-litre EcoTec 4-cylinder
Power/torque: 196 hp/ 186 lb-ft Fuel consumption (regular)
L/100 km: 10.6 city, 7.5 hwy. (2.5L); 12.5 city 8.2 hwy. (3.6L)
What’s best: Premium and quiet interior, classy sheet metal.
What’s worst: Uninspired four
Must-have options: Second-tier four-cylinder LT 1LT bestows alloy wheels, Chevy MyLink interface.
Value for money: Prices range from affordable to near luxury.