I’ve been here for years. And I crawl out from under my rock to bring you the last thing you probably think of when you hear the name “Impala SS.” Best known for populating rental car fleets across North America, the 2000-2005 W-body Impala embodies everything that was wrong with 90’s era GM. Though Chevy did try to spice things up a bit by bringing back the SS badge in 2004 (along with the venerable supercharged Buick 3800 V6) it suffered from existing in between the last of the RWD Impalas of the 90’s, and the later equally bland but LS powered SS from 2006.

This model is from Maisto and is a middle of the road effort from the company. The model is accurate to it’s subject and the build quality is good, mainly due to the low parts count. Shutlines are decent and the paint has Maisto’s patented orange peel finish. The rear doors don’t open, but that’s par for the course in this price class. My only real complaint with the model is with the stubs used in the taillights. Maisto could have located them in the blacked-out portion of the lens where it would have been less noticeable. This is one of the rare occasions where Maisto apparently didn’t crank out a zillion copies of a model, so expect to pay about $50 for one.