Because the 1982 Chevrolet Impala and Caprice Classic were initially rumored to be in their last year, the pair understandably received few changes. Offerings were trimmed, however: The slow-selling Impala sport coupe and Caprice Landau sport coupe didn't make the cut, leaving the Caprice sport coupe as the only two-door offering.
Powertrains remained the same, except that the four-speed automatic introduced the previous year for the 5.0-liter (305-cubic-inch) V-8 was now available on the smaller 4.4-liter (267-cubic-inch) V-8 as well. Chevy's 3.8-liter 229-cubic-inch V-6 remained standard on coupes and sedans, while wagons again came with the smaller V-8 (except in California, where coupes and sedans got Buick's 231-cubic-inch V-6, and the standard engine for wagons was the 305-cubic-inch V-8). As before, the Olds-built 350 diesel V-8 was optional across the board.
Though big, old-fashioned cars like the Impala and Caprice lost much of their appeal in the wake of high fuel costs, the pair represented great value. With base prices of $7,918 for a roomy Impala sedan and just $8,367 for the ritzier (and far more popular) Caprice Classic sedan, these big family cruisers looked downright cheap next to $8,100 Cavalier CL subcompacts and $8,600 Celebrity intermediates.
1982 Chevrolet Impala and Caprice Classic Facts
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