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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 873 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

Super Value and Utility

By on Sunday, January 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Size, economy, value"

Cons: "Driving response is soft"

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

"This car has been trustworthy and useful. It has six seat belts (the sixth person must be small), a cavernous trunk, requires minimal maintenance expense and was inexpensive in the first place. Gas mileage over 30 mpg on highway is amazing considering it is big enough for our family of four to take a two week vacation in. Gas tank is sized for, well, a tank. Range is over 500 miles on the highway. Needless to say we do road trips and this car has served well."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Friday, November 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good ride, lots of room in trunk, very reliable"

Cons: "heavy cornering, limited back seat space for adult"

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

"I have had this car now for over four years and we love it. There have been no issues at all in those four years. We did have the key inserts put in when Chevy recalled the car for that but they were not a problem for us. It is comfortable on the road and there is a huge amount of room in the trunk. You would be shocked at what my wife has packed in that trunk and carried home!!! The only observation I would make is the car tends to need a lot of room for turns and the doors open very wide. Not a bad thing unless you count the fact this means my wife can put bigger items in the back seat since there is no need to struggle with the door opening. LOL The back seat is not at all comfortable for adults so keep that in mind. All in all, this is one of the best cars I have ever owned and I will probably get another Impala when I decide to trade in."

14 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Reliable and trouble free so far

By on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good value, good mileage"

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

"Only possible complaint is that the heater control needs a wider range when going from hot to cold. Just never had it checked."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Non smoker, used car for business.. All road miles

By on Monday, November 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 248,000

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: "Powertrain and suspension have only 30,000 miles"

Cons: "Small nicks on hood from road travels"

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

"I used the car to drive in 9 states. The miles are all road miles. I changed the oil every 3,000 miles, The chassis has been completely rebuilt starting at 200,000 miles and have all receipts for it. To name a few REPLACED items, 4 struts, new wheel bearings, new fuel pump, new alternator and starter, rebuild Jasper Transmission, mew serpentine belt every 50,00 miles, new radiator hoses. All tie rod ends, engine mounts and anything rubber has been replaced starting at 200K. New Cooper Touring tires and complete new breaks at 230,000. Car rides better than new. Engine runs perfect. When I had transmission replaced, I had the Oil Pump, timing chain and CPS also replaced."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best Car For The Value

By on Monday, November 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very comfortable, very fast."

Cons: "None so far"

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

"Consumers Report got this one right when the rated it 95 out of 100. This is an extremely comfortable car and very easy to drive. It goes 0-60 in six seconds flat with the 3.6 liter V-6. Very fast for a car this size. And I get 29 mpg over the road, 23.5 to and from work (combined city/highway miles). Just love the car. I've rented lots of cars in my business, and this car has always impressed me so much, had to buy one. Mine is the LTZ version and has every option except moonroof (didn't want anyway) and navigation. This car is great! Got it for a very good price out of a rental fleet. It was 9 months old with 33K on it. I've had it 2 years and it is at 56K miles now. No trouble so far - its a winner in my book."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

very good car for the money i am orignal owner

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"great car but a big problem with oil loss between oil changes i changed oil every 4000 mile give or take always had to add 2 qts.i take care of my cars, i have 99 exploere 144 thous.miles never added oil between changes . only big complaint .i have,"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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