By KBB.com Editors
During a complete image makeover in 2006, the Impala gained a cleaner, more sophisticated exterior and a significant interior upgrade. The 2009 Chevrolet Impala, slotted to compete with class front-runners Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, has little change. Although the Impala may not have the strong resale figures of its Japanese rivals, it does have a number of redeeming qualities. The Impala features a large back seat and trunk, as well as something no other import in the class offers: An optional V8 engine. Still, it's fair to say the Impala has its work cut out for it. With newer and better equipped vehicles, such as the Ford Taurus and Dodge Charger, ready to steal away domestic customers, dealers may be willing to deal to help keep the Impala moving.
If you're in search of a big, roomy sedan that won't break the bank, the 2009 Chevrolet Impala will thoroughly meet your needs and probably exceed your expectations. Also, the SS model makes a good quasi-muscle car for those who require the all-weather advantages of front-wheel drive.
If you're looking to move up in size from something like an Accord or Camry, you may find it difficult to give up the world-class refinement of the Toyota and Honda brands. Also, the lack of a tap-up/down shift option on the Impala SS detracts a bit from the performance image.
New standard features on all Impala models include front side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and traction control. Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is now available, as are new polished aluminum wheels on Impala SS.
Driving Impressions We sampled all three of the 2009 Impala's available engine choices and came away satisfied by each of them on different levels. The V8 was the most entertaining of the...three, the 3.9-liter V6 proved plenty powerful and the base 3.5-liter V6 is perfectly sufficient. Out on the highway the ride is smooth and stable, with none of the pitching and dipping typical of older big American sedans. The top-level Impala SS has a suspension firm enough to encourage enthusiastic driving on curvier public roads. With supportive seats front and rear, the Impala remains comfortable after several hours and hundreds of miles. Engine and road noise have been minimized considerably, which may explain why wind noise seemed so noticeable.
Auxiliary Audio Input
We didn't expect to find an MP3 input jack in the Impala, especially as standard equipment, but we're glad we did.
Fold-Flat Split Rear Seat
Flip up the seat bottoms, fold down the seat backs, and the Impala's already massive trunk becomes a virtual cargo bed more than six feet long.
The 2009 Chevrolet Impala's passenger cabin features clean lines on the instrument panel and upholstery that combine with attractive knobs and buttons to create a pleasingly neutral environment. Clever features, such as the auxiliary audio input jack, go a long way toward satisfying the kids on long trips. A check of the available equipment list reveals a choice of bucket seats or a split-bench arrangement for the front passengers, with the latter increasing seating capacity to space for six adults. In conjunction with a massive trunk, the Impala offers a flip-and-fold-flat rear seat that not only increases cargo capacity but also features a small storage tub beneath.Exterior
Two well-defined grille openings flanked by a pair of rearward-swept headlamps help give the aging Chevrolet Impala a sleek, contemporary appearance. At the rear, triangular jewel-like tail lamps are a bit generic and bear no resemblance to the traditional round lamps that were the hallmark of the Impala for decades. The trunk lid opens straight up to allow for easy loading and the low lift-over height aids when loading heavy or large items. The SS model features a small, trunk-mounted spoiler, SS logo badges and 18-inch five-spoke machined aluminum wheels.
A base 2009 Chevrolet Impala LS comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6, four-speed automatic transmission, power windows/locks/mirrors, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, XM Satellite Radio, remote keyless entry, front airbags, side curtain airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control speed control, power driver's seat, cloth interior, tilt steering wheel, remote trunk release, 16-inch covered steel wheels, tire-pressure monitor and OnStar.
Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 3.9-liter V6 or 5.3-liter V8 engine, leather seating, power sunroof, dual-zone air conditioning, eight-way heated power driver's and heated power passenger's seats, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, single- or six-disc CD player with MP3 compatibility, Bose premium sound, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, universal home remote, Bluetooth, auto-dimming inside and outside rear-view mirrors, heated outside mirrors, metallic-look trim, remote vehicle start, engine block heater, fog lamps, rear spoiler and aluminum wheels up to 18 inches in diameter.
The 2009 Chevrolet Impala's three engines include two V6s and a V8. The 3.9-liter V6 is equipped with GM's Active Fuel Management, which cuts fuel to three of the six cylinders when cruising. The 5.3-liter V8, exclusive to the SS model, also features Active Fuel Management technology that seamlessly disables four cylinders in certain situations for improved fuel economy. The V8 provided the most excitement, but we found even the base V6 more than adequate – especially considering its highway mileage rating of 29 mpg. While we applaud the availability of E85 for both V6 engines, consumers will see a significant decrease in fuel economy when using the gasoline and ethanol mixture.}
211 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
214 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22 (E85), 18/29 (gasoline)
233 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 (E85) 17/27 (gasoline)
303 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
323 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24
By Alpha Phi Alpha ICE Cold Man 1906 on Monday, December 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,123overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Price, Size, Dependable, Good on Gas"
Cons: "A few cons, but more pros."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought the my 2008 Chevy Impala used in 2009. The car had 18,000 miles on it when I purchased it. I must say it's a very nice and comfortable car. I put around 20,000 miles on it a year with travel for my job and personal use. The car is good on gas, I get right a 25mpg in the city and over 30mpg on the interstate. The trunk size is a plus with plenty of room and more. I do have a few things I don't like: the power locks started going out two years after buying the car, it started making a knocking sound under the dash board that was over $500 to get fixed, and pretty much all other repairs were regular wear and tear on the car. I now have 132,123 miles on the car and have owned it for 6 years. Overall a good car, good investment for the price. I hope to keep the car two more years before I purchase another one. I would recommend buying this car. Many people don't do the amount of driving I do. If I wouldn't have to drive so much for work I would have around 60,000-70,000 miles on the car. If I get a car again Chevy would rank very high on my list."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By brokerforblondie on Saturday, December 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,500overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "overpriced General Motors product."
Cons: "Too many mechanical problems, recall on key by GM"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"impala SS overpriced for features, dealerships do not honor warranty unless item broke completely, poor customer service at Chevrolet dealerships. Dealers oversell on parts when in need of repairs. Dealer quick to sell the automobile but lacking in customer service after the sale. For 47,000 dollars Manufacturers suggested retail price for a 2015 SS Impala Chevrolet I would consider Dodge or Ford rather than General Motors."
By Ron on Friday, December 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "High quality, reliable, comfortable, economical"
Cons: "heater a/c controls"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car has had no troubles of any kind. The only thing we do not like is the heater and a/c control which is a tiny lever for each side of the car and a tiny movement makes a big change. The car has averaged over 29 mpg with our 70% highway usage. It is good in snow and comfortable in all weather."
By tim on Sunday, December 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "very fun to frive-it has 303 HP!"
Cons: "it has nice deep cup holders in the front console."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have not had one issue with this vehicle-it has been very reliable. Everything is easy to use-round knobs and buttons-not faulty touchscreens. It is a very fast vehicle too; however, I still get in the low to mid 30's mpg on the highway. The Impala may be considered "outdated" by many. However, it still has ABS, traction control, stability control, 8 air bags, bluetooth and turn by turn directions. It is a very comfortable vehicle to drive long distances. I have made three cross country trips this year, and the driver fatigue was very low. The 2012 Inpala is a great car to own."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By WHOSTHATTECH on Wednesday, December 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good ride and comfortable. good power 25mpg city"
Cons: "It"s like a child. always wants something."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"ABS issues, oil leaks and coolant leaks. Not all at once but the coolant leak is the same concern every 10 to 12,000 miles. I really do like the car, but I must part ways with the car due to constant repair needs."
1 person out of 4 found this review helpful
By German on Sunday, November 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,450overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Roomy, Comfortable, Reliable, Cruiser"
Cons: "No Sunroof, No dual Exhaust"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've had this car for about 2 years and so far I have not had major repairs, I bought it with 70k miles, now 99k. It runs fine, I've done regular oil changes, filters, new rotors, spark plugs and brakes, nothing that has threw me off my budget so far, the only thing I've heard is that the 9th gen's wheel bearing hubs tend to go bad easily(well I have one to fix so far), if you do everything yourself then you don't spend too much on maintenance and is a commercial brand, meaning that parts are not hard to find nort hat expensive, it's a fun car, roomy and reliable, I took a 22hrs non stop(but short like food and restroom) drive from CA to TX and back with no issues what so ever, to my experience, I'll surely pay it off and keep it!. Aftermarket PCM and intake will come by as well as other mods."
5 people out of 8 found this review helpful