Toronto Star

Best new small cars under $30,000

Chevrolet Impala

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Bold and exciting.

Chevrolet Impala

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

cylinder.

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.

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