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2010 Chevrolet Impala

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2010 Chevrolet Impala
2010 Chevrolet Impala
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    A


Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2016
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2014
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2013
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2009
A
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2008
A
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2007
A
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2006
A
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
P
Crash avoidance rating
2000
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2010-13 models built after December 2009

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Chevrolet Impala was redesigned for the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2010 models manufactured after December 2009, structural reinforcements were added to the underbody and the frontal airbags were modified to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high acceleration was recorded on the right foot, indicating that foot injuries would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2010 Chevrolet Impala LS 4-door
Weight 3,585 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 111 in.
Length 200 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 18 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1005
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 7
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 3
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1005
Head
HIC-15 299
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 25
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.6
Femur force - right (kN) 4.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.31
Maximum tibia index - right 0.72
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 85
Right 179

Applies to 2006-10 models built before January 2010

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
A
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Chevrolet Impala was redesigned for the 2006 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy moved back into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2006 Chevrolet Impala SS 4-door
Weight 3,770 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags
Wheelbase 111 in.
Length 200 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 5.3 L V8
EPA ratings 18 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0502
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 14
Left (cm) 16
Center (cm) 15
Right (cm) 11
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 8
Right (cm) 9
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) 6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 8

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0502
Head
HIC-15 530
Peak gs at hard contact 87
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 30
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.9
Femur force - right (kN) 3.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.79
Maximum tibia index - right 0.98
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 91
Right 112

Applies to 2009-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Chevrolet Impala was redesigned for the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2009 models, side curtain airbags were made standard for retail and fleet buyers (they had been optional for fleet buyers previously), and side airbags to protect the drivers' and front passengers' torsos also became standard (the side torso airbags were not available before).

Two tests of the Impala were conducted, one by the Institute of a 2006 model equipped with side curtain airbags, and the other by General Motors of a 2009 model with both side curtain airbags and side torso airbags. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests, as are rear dummy injury and head protection ratings, because no changes were made to the rear occupant compartment. Driver dummy injury and head protection ratings for the 2009 model are assigned by the Institute as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — In the test of the 2009 model, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures from the dummies in the two tests, taken together, indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — In the test of the 2009 model, the dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — In tests of both the 2006 and 2009 models, the dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2006 Chevrolet Impala LT 4-door
Weight 3,538 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 111 in.
Length 200 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 18 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0618 VTS1001
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-11.0 -8.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1001
Head HIC-15 445
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 51
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 35
Average deflection (mm) 28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.23
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.48
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.7
Combined force (kN) 3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 67
A-P moment (Nm) 19

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0618 VTS1001
Head HIC-15 195 246
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.4 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 46 47
Lateral force (kN) 1.5 2.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33 35
Average deflection (mm) 28 22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.10 2.84
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.45 0.56
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.3 2.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.0 4.2
Combined force (kN) 3.4 5.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 130 81
A-P moment (Nm) 43 57

Applies to 2009-13 models

Overall evaluation
A
Dynamic rating
A
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual - power seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual - power seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 42
Distance below top of head (mm) 46
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.0
Head contact time (ms) 98
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 57
Max neck tension (N) 477
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (beginning with 2009 models sold to retail buyers and fleets)
2
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags (standard in 2006-08 models sold to retail buyers, optional in 2006-08 models originally sold to fleets)
3
Electronic stability control (standard on 2010 models, optional on 2008-09 models)
4
Antilock brakes (standard on 2009-10 models, optional on 2006-08 models)
5
Daytime running lights

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