According to the agency, the 2014 Impala earned a five-star overall crash test rating, along with five-star ratings in front and side crash tests. The 2014 Impala earns a four-star rating in the rollover category.
Not only is a five-star rating the best grade NHTSA doles out, it also represents an improvement over the last-generation Impala. The 2013 Impala sedan, in contrast, earned only a four-star overall rating, along with four-star marks for front, side, and rollover tests.
“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, in a prepared statement. “The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is designed to provide excellent crash safety, and offers customers several safety technologies not previously available in Chevrolets.”
Although NHTSA’s test is complete, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) – an independent test group known for more evaluating vehicles by even more stringent crash standards – has yet to fully evaluate the 2014 Impala. Thus far, it has subjected the new Impala to its moderate overlap front test and side impact tests, and awarded the sedan “good” ratings – its highest mark – in both tests.
The IIHS has yet to subject the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala sedan to small overlap front impact testing, roof/rollover strength testing, and rear impact testing. Assuming the Impala goes on to earn good ratings in the rollover and rear-impact testing, the car could be named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.
Both the 2013 Cadillac XTS and 2013 Buick LaCrosse, two large sedans that share their underpinnings with the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, earned Top Safety Pick honors from the IIHS.
Source: GM, NHTSA, IIHS