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2008 Chevrolet Impala

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2008 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 2008 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 2008 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 Significant About This Car?

StabiliTrak stability control is made standard on 2LT, LTZ and SS trims, while the 3.9-liter V6 is made E85-compatible. XM Satellite Radio is now standard across the line.

Driving the Impala

Driving Impressions We sampled all three of the 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.

2008 Chevrolet Impala Details
Interior

The 2008 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 2008 Chevrolet Impala a sleeker, more contemporary appearance. At the rear, triangular jewel-like tail lamps replace the previous generation's dark plastic-panel that veiled four circular lamp outlines. The SS model features a small, trunk-mounted spoiler and 18-inch five-spoke machined aluminum wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2008 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, 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, anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with electronic traction control (standard on 2LT, LTZ and SS), 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, 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 2008 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: 14/21 (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) 18/28 (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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2008 Chevrolet Impala Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 847 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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

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."

1 person out of 1 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."

5 people out of 5 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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I enjoy the comfort and reliability of this car.

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Safe, powerful, and reliable."

Cons: "Supports between windows are a bit wide."

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

"My 2010 Chevy Impalla replaced my 2013 Toyota Camry. The Impalla is, in my opinion, more reliable and comfortable than the Camry. I like its lumbar support - great for long road trips. It has the remote engine start which I LOVE. The only thing I do not like is that the supports between windows are wider than seems necessary - and have potential to decrease visibility. Adjusting mirrors and being more aware helps make up for this. The car starts every time I want it to. It is easy to check fluids. My mechanic does not make much money off of me and this car. The only needed repairs have been minor, peripheral things. It has good power and pickup. Overall, I have really enjoyed and felt totally safe in this car."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I absolutely love my car!!

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Drives smooth, cheap repairs, very proud owner!!!!"

Cons: "Scratches/dents too easy, not that great on gas."

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

"I am the proud owner of a Black 2008 Chevrolet Impala LS. It is the best car ever! I've had it 1 year 2 months. Ive only had to do very minor repairs. Although it scratches and dents way too easily. I swear all you have to do is look at it and it will scratch! But other than that I couldn't ask for a better more reliable car . Also very comfortable seats!"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Good Car

By on Sunday, June 07, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "No locking gas cap. no glove box lock."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Nice car. Its only missing two things. And it has every luxury you could think of. Don't know why the manufacturers overlooked this. But doesn't have locking gas cap, which I feel is really important. And also, glove compartment doesn't lock. You would think it would come with that automatic, but I guess not. Don't really care for the leather seats. Everything slides off and they require extra care. Kind of a hassle. Other than that, decent car. Good on gas with new tires."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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