1 Impala RedWhen Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Impala last year it received kudos for its efforts and attention; the car had become a rental car staple, reliable, but also, not a car you pictured for your daily life. The redeisgn gave this car not just a makeover, but a rethinking. The 2014 edition is filled with the style and substance to accommodate our lives, our needs and our comforts.

Outfitted with some great technology, including a very clever way to keep your phone hands free–by you AND by your co-opting passengers (for me, that’s my kids)–the Impala’s design team took the opportunity to improve the car wherever they could. 

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The car’s insterior was designed by Crystal Windham, Chevrolet’s chief interior designer (and shatterer of glass cielings: Windham is GM’s first African American female director of design). We got to spend a few minutes in the car with her and here’s what she showed us:

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And here is a detail we LOVED: a headrest that allows you to adjust it for a pony tail! No more moving your seat because you put your hair up! Crystal demonstrates:

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Here are some more things we loved: 

Design detailsThe lush interior has a lot of details that remind us of a fine handbag–really nice leather, contrast stitching and piping along the edges of the seats, smart little pockets and storage spaces, The dashboard is wrapped in leather and the steering wheel has polished wooden accents:

Door detailsDoor panels that can accommodate a water bottle as well as other stuff;

And Bose speakers. Enough said. 
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We also love the paint colors that the Impala comes in, which includes the awesome Crystal Red (hmmmm…. wonder if someone we know had any say in that name choice???) in the top photo, and Silver Topaz Metallic (I would paint my house this color if I could, I love it so much).

And the awesomely shaped euro-looking exterior with its oversized wheels. Yes, please.

Impala rear endAnd last, here’s what we like most about the 2014 Impala: The price. For about $35,000 you get the whole package, including Chevrolet MyLink, a fully-integrated media console with phone apps, navigation, the works. Pricing starts at about $27,000.

Disclosure: Chevrolet threw a fabulous party to introduce us to the 2014 Impala; opinions about the car are purely our own.