2014 Chevrolet Impala Receives Five-Star Safety Score
Redesigned flagship sedan also offers safety firsts for Chevrolet
DETROIT The 2014 Chevrolet Impala has received the highest possible
five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety as part of the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program.
"Safety is a key consideration for all car buyers, and Impala
sets a new benchmark for Chevrolet's flagship sedan," said Gay
Kent, GM general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness.
"The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is designed to provide excellent crash
safety, and offers customers several safety technologies not
previously available in Chevrolets."
The redesigned, full-size sedan presents one of the most comprehensive
collections of standard and available safety features in the segment.
It employs advanced technologies including radar to help avoid
crashes. Visual and audible alerts, depending on the alert feature,
help drivers identify potential crash situations and even intervene
when a crash threat appears more imminent. The alerts are designed to
identify potential threats with sufficient warning to give the driver
time to react and make changes.
The available safety features and benefits include:
- Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control Radar technology senses
traffic in front of the Impala to adjust vehicle speed, including
stopping the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerating again. It is
the first application in a Chevrolet.
- Crash imminent braking Another Chevy first: Radar technology
detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver. If the driver
does not appear to react quickly enough or doesn't react at all, this
feature intervenes to apply the brakes in an effort to avoid the
- Forward collision alert Camera technology detects a possible crash
threat and alerts the driver, giving him or her time to stop and/or
- Lane departure warning A camera-based lane detection system warns
the driver of unsignaled lane changes. The camera, mounted near the
inside rearview mirror, identifies traffic lane markings and provides
- Side blind zone alert Using radar sensors on both sides of the
vehicle, the system "looks" for other vehicles in the blind
zone areas of the Impala and indicates their presence with
light-emitting diode, or LED-lit symbols in the outside mirrors.
- Rear cross traffic alert Based on the radar sensors of side blind
zone alert, it warns the driver of vehicles in traffic when backing
out of a parking spot including angled parking. Visual and audible
alerts are triggered if moving vehicles are detected.
- Rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines With a display in the
center stack infotainment system, the camera provides a view of
objects directly behind the Impala, while the dynamic guidelines
provide a reference that helps make parking and other maneuvers
- Ultrasonic rear park assist Uses sensors in the rear bumper to
detect objects directly behind the vehicle and alerts the driver.
- Brake pre-fill feature To quicken the response time of the brakes
and help shorten stopping distances, this features "loads"
the brake calipers in anticipation of hard braking by slightly
increasing the hydraulic pressure in the brake lines whenever the
driver lifts off the accelerator pedal. This feature is included on
models equipped with adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation
- Hill hold/start assist Applies the brakes for about 1.5 seconds to
prevent roll-back when the driver moves his or her foot from the brake
to the accelerator pedal.
The advanced, crash-avoidance technologies complement the Impala's
occupant protection features, including 10 standard air bags:
- Dual-stage frontal passenger air bags with passenger sensing system
- Driver and front passenger side-impact air bags
- Driver and front passenger knee air bags
- Rear outboard side-impact air bags
- Head curtain air bags with rollover sensing for front and rear
- Safety belt pretensioners
- Child seat restraint system.
Impala also employs systems that enable greater vehicle control,
including standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system,
all-speed traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel
antilock brakes and electronic brake force distribution, which ensures
optimal braking force at both axles for maximum stability under heavy
OnStar is standard. It uses GPS and cellular phone technology to
automatically call for help in the event of crash. OnStar service also
includes MyLink mobile apps, which offer vehicle information and
OnStar services via the customer's smartphone.