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2009 Chevrolet Impala

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2009 Chevrolet Impala Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2009

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 the Impala

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.

2009 Chevrolet Impala Details
2009 Chevrolet Impala photo Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.}

3.5-liter V6
211 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
214 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22 (E85), 18/29 (gasoline)

3.9-liter V6
233 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 (E85) 17/27 (gasoline)

5.3-liter V8
303 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
323 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24

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2009 Chevrolet Impala Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 853 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

This car is a great local & road trip vehicle

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great body style, solid engine performance & utili"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This 2010 Chevrolet Impala LT2 has been the overall best of thirteen (13) Chevrolet cars that we have owned over the past fifty five (55) years that we have been married. This car has been very reliable, useful and safe. My wife and I feel very comfortable in this vehicle. Our Chevrolet Dealer has been very instrumental in assisting us in maintaining this vehicle in top condition from the first day of ownership. My wife enjoys driving and may be the primary driver in this family but I also enjoy driving whenever the opportunity presents itself."

Fantastic car overall

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, reliable, Nice looking, good mileage"

Cons: "It does not fix itself..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car for 8 years now. It is 7th car I have actually owned. There are definitely better cars out there, but for the price and mileage, this has been the greatest car for me. It is getting old and I think about having to get a new car but I do not want to give this car up. I am hoping to keep it for a few more years."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

I'm surprised

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Solid, Powerful, Super comfortable, Build quality"

Cons: "Common, Heavy, Small glovebox"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Happy owner of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5 V6. It's probably too soon to rate this car, as I've only gotten it a few days ago, but so far the more I drive it, the more I love it. My roommates all are biased against American cars, but after driving it, they all agreed that they did not expected this car to feel and look this good. My daily commute to work and back home is roughly 7 miles, so this baby will be driven very lightly, hopefully making it last for years to come. I had steering alignment problems when I first got it, but buying a set of new tires and doing a alignment thankfully fixed it. I can't believe how smooth this car is, and so far how good on gas it is. At 90,000 miles the car has it's little scratches and stuff, but mechanically, it feels like a new car. I am very impressed as well at all the equipment the car has. It's Power everything, it's got a sunroof, on-board computer and even an AUX in on the stereo! The only cons so far on this car is that it is way too common, and due to the fact that it is a rental fleet car, and government motor vehicle of choice, it's in my opinion what depreciates the value of it. Also, what's up with not having a lock on the gas cap? And also, for a vehicle this size, you would expect a bigger glove-box compartment. I can barely fit the manual and all the car's documents."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive & reliable."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my second Impala. Comfortable, reliable and really good gas mileage. Got 203,000 miles on the fist one and still going strong with the second one at 168,400+. Tons of room and back seats open to the trunk to give you the space needed when you don't have a truck. I would highly recommend the Impala."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great road car

By on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Seating comfort and Driveability"

Cons: "Heater ctls are hard to set at highway speed."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"First car I've ever had that I could drive for 10 hours on the interstate and not feel like my back was broken."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

BEST VEHICLE EVER

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"THIS CAR IS ROCK SOLID. THE DEALERS IN MY AREA ARE SELLING VEHICLES LIKE THIS FOR 16,000. TO 17,000. EVERYDAY. I FEEL YOUR ESTIMATE IS ABOUT 20% LOW FOR MY AREA. THE CLOSEST MATCH TO MY VEHICLE HAD 54,000 MILES AND ASKING PRICE WAS 16,495."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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