2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition review: In the Midnight hour

2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition

2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition

If your garage is home to a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition, have we got the sedan to go with it. The 2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition, and it shares a lot with the Silverado Midnight, starting with a black bow tie in the middle of its grille.

For the 2016 Chevrolet Impala, the Midnight treatment goes on to include a rear spoiler, a body-color grille (black, because this is the Midnight—and therefore black, because midnight, of course, Midnight), special machined alloy Midnight Edition wheels with black-painted “pockets,” and a black rear spoiler. The rearview mirrors are also finished in black.

2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition wears a black bowtie on its grille and also on its backside. (click to enlarge)

Inside our test Midnight Edition, it’s Jet Black over Jet Black, sinister but it mutes the drama of the black over camel on the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ. The contours of the dash get a little lost, but hey, it’s midnight. Seats are leather and the steering wheel is wrapped in leather as well. The Midnight edition also gets sport pedals, because, well, because sport pedals.

All said, it doesn’t change anything but the cosmetics. Like every other Impala LTZ (see our 2014 Impala review), it’s powered by the 3.6-liter V-6, with dual exhaust and a six-speed transmission, and the suspension changes are limited to the wheels, which is saying, not a lot.

But the LTZ with or without the $1,195 Midnight is loaded with safety equipment as part of the $35,540 LTZ base price, including forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind zone warning and alert and a rearview camera. Passive (proximity key) entry is also standard on the Impala LTZ, along with pushbutton start.

2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition dash

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition has a black-over-black interior. (click to enlarge)

Our 2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition test car was equipped with the LTZ Comfort and Convenience package ($1,035), which includes memory driver’s seat, ventilated for the driver and front passenger, outside mirrors, and tilt and telescoping steering (also heated, a mandatory luxury once you’ve experienced it), universal home remote, and auto dimming inside mirror. And speaking of mirrors, those on the outside are heated and driver-side auto dimming, with turn signals.

Our test vehicle also came with the LTZ Advanced Technology package ($735), which includes a 120v electrical socket, an 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround sound audio system, and wireless device charging. A word about the latter. You have to have the right phone. Fair enough, but our IPhone 5 wouldn’t work, and with the Otter cellphone case on our phone, wouldn’t have worked regardless of model. Read the fine print to determine if your phone and case will work with this wireless device charging system. If not, there’s always that 120v socket. And lastly, our test Impala was fitted with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, and navigation ($495).

2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition has special machined-and-black 19-inch wheels. (click to enlarge)

All options and vehicle destination included, our 2016 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Midnight Edition had a bottom line of $39,825. That’s a steep ticket, as we’ve noted before, for a Chevrolet. But for those concerned with function more than label, the Impala is true luxury at a budget price. It’s a smooth and quiet ride, with road and wind noise almost non-existent. It’s not a sport sedan but rather comfy around town and a superior highway cruiser. It’s not exciting and built to stay that way.