1982 Chevrolet Impala and Caprice Classic
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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