Chevy New Models: What’s Changed?

Chevrolet is one of the top car manufacturers in the United States, and is known for producing reliable vehicles. This year, it’s rolled out a group of brand new cars, but are they brand new or are they just reused from the previous year?

Chevrolet Impala

There’s no reason to mess with something if it isn’t broken. The Impala is one of the best-selling vehicles for Chevrolet, and the 2017 version didn’t see much change from the 2016 model. One of the biggest changes was Chevy’s drop of the bi-fuel option that allowed the Impala to run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG). The reason for this was that the 2016 model saw a lot of improvements.

Both the 2016 and 2017 version have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, MyLink Valet Mode, and an 8-inch touch screen. The fuel economy saw a slight decrease for the 2.5-liter engine, with the 2017 year getting 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway while 2016 was estimated at 22 mpg/31 mpg. The 3.6-liter engine saw a decrease as well. The 2017 version gets 18 mpg/28 mpg and the 2016 Impala gets 19 mpg/29 mpg. The biggest influencing factor is that the 2017 Impala saw an increase in price with a starting MSRP of $27,300 versus the 2016 model with a price tag of $27,095.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Silverado is the perfect work truck, but is it worth it to upgrade to the 2017 model? One of the best additions with the Silverado is that the rearview camera is now standard on the LT trim, but that isn’t the only change you can see with this new truck. It also saw the addition of teen driver mode, which has active safety, speed warnings, radio mute, volume limit, and even a report card for parents to view. Finally, it saw the addition of Chevrolet MyLink for Android Auto to accompany Apple CarPlay, which was added in the 2016 model.

Since there were no huge body or engine changes, the fuel economy remains the same for both models at 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. However, the price tag for the Silverado did change. Unfortunately, the 2017 model rose in cost with a starting MSRP of $35,935 while the 2016 had a starting price of $27,195, according to Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Tahoe

The 2016 Tahoe saw a lot of upgrades when it was released with an Enhanced Driver Alert package, new safety features, power-adjustable pedals, forward collision alerts, lane-keep assist, safety-alert seat, and IntelliBeam. It can be hard to believe that the 2017 could get even better. Some of the minor changes include the deletion of colors and addition of new ones as well as two new 22-inch wheel choices.

However, there were some changes in the interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe. First of all, the MyLink infotainment system removed Pandora as an embedded app, but added the Teen Driver feature, app shop, rear seat reminder customization, and low speed forward automatic braking for the 1LS trim. It also saw an upgrade to the video voice over for those who are visually and hearing impaired, an HDMI connector, digital headphones added, and an in-vehicle Wi-Fi system. With all of these upgrades, you may suspect a higher price tag, but the MSRP barely increased to $47,215 from $47,000 for the 2016 version.

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Last Updated: December 13, 2018