Feb 162010
 
I picked up a rental special Chevy Impala earlier today.
I am not used to driving Chevy’s, I have very little problem hopping into almost any car and simply driving it, but this Impala is something else. It took a long time before I was comfortable and even after an hour I still had no idea what most of the buttons do, nor even where they were.
First impressions count for a lot and sadly they are almost entirely negative.
After driving my MINI I would expect to find anything big, but really, truly this is a big car that does nothing at all to disguise it. From the drivers seat there is no mistaking that you are driving something that is ‘real man sized’. It really feels much larger than it is. It is also very long yet the interior space seems to somehow hide that. Oddly it is slightly claustrophobic in the drivers seat.
Which brings me around to the first of many issues.
That seat is rubbish.

I picked up a rental special Chevy Impala earlier today.I am not used to driving Chevy’s, I have very little problem hopping into almost any car and simply driving it, but this Impala is something else. It took a long time before I was comfortable and even after an hour I still had no idea what most of the buttons do, nor even where they were.First impressions count for a lot and sadly they are almost entirely negative.After driving my MINI I would expect to find anything big, but really, truly this is a big car that does nothing at all to disguise it. From the drivers seat there is no mistaking that you are driving something that is ‘real man sized’. It really feels much larger than it is. It is also very long yet the interior space seems to somehow hide that. Oddly it is slightly claustrophobic in the drivers seat.Which brings me around to the first of many issues. That seat is rubbish.

The seats are, well, short in the leg. I have a 34” inseam and the seat cushion sort of ends several inches short of my knees.

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