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Chevrolet Impala Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.3 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 303 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala

  • With powerful and efficient V6 engines, a comfortable cabin and a smooth ride, the 2009 Chevrolet Impala brings a lot to the family sedan table even though its cabin refinement and handling dynamics are a few steps behind the class leaders.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful and efficient engine choices, available six-passenger capacity, good crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Cheap interior materials, cushy suspension hurts handling dynamics, average legroom.

  • What's New for 2009

    More standard features are the big news for the 2009 Chevrolet Impala. Lower trims get dual-zone climate control, front seat side airbags, antilock brakes and traction control while the upper trims gain Bluetooth connectivity.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
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  • 24
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



100% pure love!

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Impala SS 4dr Sedan (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I love this car it is so much fun to drive, it is an eye catcher! Have not done anything major to it besides oil changes etc the normal. The get up and go in this is amazing! When i found out they are not coming back with Impala SS in 2014, Very upset with Chevy on this! I will keep this car as a collector now bc they are not made anymoe 2009 was the last year this car was produced..




Fun car to drive

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Impala SS 4dr Sedan (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

Chevy SS is a great handling and performance car I am 71 yrs old but driving SS you fell like a teen again.




The best impala since 1996

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Impala SS 4dr Sedan (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I got a Impala SS it was that or a Dodge Charger R/T for their fuel management systems. I love the car the gas mileage is awesome for a V8. I want a car that got the same gas mileage or better than my old car (3.0 L V6) with more power this car is it. The only regret I have is buying it where I did. The ride is great my and when you get into the gas it is so smooth it doesn't throw you back in seat but you can tell the power is there. I can get on the highway with a rough on ramp and never wake up my kids in the back. If you like power and mileage this car is it. The wheels are nice but I wouldn't prefer them. I love it so much I want a Monte Carlo SS same style and give the Impala to my wife.




Super car

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Impala SS 4dr Sedan (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

always loved Chevy.I bought a 2009 left over when I found out they dropped the 8cy in 2010.I think there making a mistake again.My last Chevy was a 1994 SS. The gas mileage is acceptable for those of us that demand power when we step on the gas. I drove my car to and from Fla and NY right after I bought it.What a great ride.Lucky I didn't pick up a few speeding tickets along the way.The car handles great at above posted speed limits. I only stop overnight so I drive between 8-10 hrs on either leg.I was very comfortable the hole trip.Glad I bought it.




Great ride

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Impala SS 4dr Sedan (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I have the ss model which is great. Plenty of room Nice seats and this car drives real Nice and handles the road as expected if not better. As for gas its good but you don't buy the ss model for gas mileage right. I really enjoy driving again. Oh and I drive all day at work. If you buy an impala get the ss you wont be disappointed.




So far so good

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Impala SS 4dr Sedan (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

Even though I just bought an SS model I found it to be very comfortable and quiet during driving. Gas mileage appears to be fair for now and my only hang-up would be the call for 91 octane for the best mileage/performance. On-Star system is tops in my book and the entire radio system is more than enough for the average adult. General quality is MUCH improved from these guys and no door rattling of any kind.



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Full 2009 Chevrolet Impala Review

What's New for 2009

More standard features are the big news for the 2009 Chevrolet Impala. Lower trims get dual-zone climate control, front seat side airbags, antilock brakes and traction control while the upper trims gain Bluetooth connectivity.

Introduction

Countless American families, rap videos, cop cars and low riders. What could all these disparate elements possibly have in common? If you knew it was the Chevrolet Impala, then you'd be a great contestant on Automotive Jeopardy…if there was such a show.

The 2009 Chevrolet Impala carries on 50 years of full-size American car tradition -- even if it's changed just a bit over the years. With room for six, a spacious trunk, decent performance and a smooth quiet ride, the Impala appeals to a lot of people -- it typically boasts a spot in the top-10 vehicles sold in the United States. In the past, Chevy's bread-and-butter full-sizer was criticized for unattractive styling and Playskool-quality cabin plastics. These two areas were addressed a few years ago with mixed results. Styling is now pleasantly subdued, but the interior remains one of the worst in the full-size segment -- especially in lower trims.

For 2009, Chevy adds to its full-size formula by throwing in a few more standard features for the lower trim levels, including dual-zone climate control, front seat side airbags, antilock disc brakes and traction control. Other aces up the Impala's sleeve include a pair of V6s that strike a fine balance between performance and fuel efficiency, as well as the availability of the SS model that provides the thrill of a powerful V8 along with a sport-tuned suspension.

Although the 2009 Chevrolet Impala boasts a well-rounded nature, its rivals offer advantages in certain areas. The Toyota Avalon is more luxurious, while the Ford Taurus offers more passenger and cargo space. The rear-wheel-drive Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger and Pontiac G8 are more nimble and stylish. The Hyundai Azera offers a better mix of luxury and value. All of the above also boast nicer cabins. But with its proven record for providing roomy, comfortable, economical and reliable transportation, we certainly can see why the Impala is so popular.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan comes in five trim levels: LS, LT, 2LT, LTZ and SS. LS models include 16-inch wheels, a front bench seat, dual-zone air-conditioning, full power accessories, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, a tilt steering wheel, a power driver seat, OnStar, keyless entry and a single-CD audio system with an MP3 jack. Moving up to the LT model adds remote vehicle start, a compass, outside temperature display, floor mats and alloy wheels. The 2LT adds a rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, alarm system, Bluetooth connectivity, fold-down rear seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

The LTZ includes 18-inch alloys, performance suspension, heated leather bucket seats, a Bose audio system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The SS comes with monochromatic exterior paint, a performance-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels.

Many of the upper trim features can be had as options on the lower trims. Option highlights include a Luxury Edition Package for the LT that includes front bucket seats, leather upholstery, fold-down rear seat, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a Bose sound system. The LTZ is so well-equipped it has no options apart from a CD changer and a sunroof (which is optional on all trims), while the SS has a handful, including heated seats, a power front passenger seat, HomeLink transmitter and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Powertrains and Performance

The Impala LS and LT come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 211 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. Standard on the 2LT and LTZ is a 3.9-liter V6 good for 233 hp and 240 lb-ft. The Impala SS has a 5.3-liter V8 making an impressive 303 hp and 323 lb-ft of torque. An SS we tested did the 0-60-mph drill in just 6.4 seconds and ran through the quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds.

Both the 3.9 V6 and 5.3 V8 are fitted with Active Fuel Management technology, which deactivates half the cylinders while cruising to save fuel. All models employ front-wheel drive and a responsive four-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel mileage estimates for the V6 are comparable, with the 3.5-liter returning 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. The 3.9 is only 1 mpg worse. The SS returns 16 city/24 highway and 19 combined.

Safety

Antilock brakes and traction control are standard on all Impala trims, as are front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, OnStar and a tire-pressure monitor. Stability control is standard on 2LT, LTZ and SS trim levels and not available on the two lower trims.

In government crash tests the 2009 Chevrolet Impala earned five stars (out of five) for driver and front-passenger protection in frontal impacts. In side-impact testing, the Impala scored five stars for front passengers, and four stars for those seated in the rear. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal offset crash testing, the Impala scored an "Acceptable" rating (second highest out of four), while side-impact tests by that agency resulted in a "Good" rating, the highest possible.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Impala's interior is clean, functional and straightforward, though some may feel it lacks pizzazz. Audio and climate controls are GM's latest stock units, which are intuitive and feel good but don't improve the generally anonymous look. Particularly in the lower trim levels, the various plastic surfaces look and feel cheap. The wood trim is laughably bad, while the standard cloth trim is genuine rental-grade mouse fur. On the upside, the Impala shines in terms of interior capacity, with room for up to six people and all their luggage, thanks to a generous 18.6 cubic feet of trunk space. Occupants will find hip and shoulder room plentiful, but legroom is below average for this segment.

Driving Impressions

Apart from the SS model, handling is not among the 2009 Chevy Impala's strengths due to its soft suspension tuning. The car does feel solid and substantial, though, and plenty of people will appreciate the big sedan's compliant ride quality.

The Impala SS is also a competent cruiser, but is much more agile thanks to its sport suspension and 18-inch performance tires. Although this is still a big, heavy car, send the SS into a corner and it pulls through with dignity and thrust. While the SS model may be tempting to power-hungry buyers, be forewarned that sampling its formidable reserves quickly brings fuel mileage down to the mid teens.

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tboom13
tboom13
08-26-2008
Has anyone heard/seen what is in store for the 2009 Impala. I am particularly interested to know if it will have automatic climate control. The 08 Malibu has automatic climate control and it seems o...


mattymurch
mattymurch
01-30-2014
I have a 2009 chevy impala and recently my "Service Traction Control" warning comes on along with the ABS light and the skid light. But it also turns off for no apparent reason too. Its come...


famwkidz
famwkidz
01-28-2013
We have our 2003 chevy impala we purchased used in 2009 shortly after we needed to replace the catalytic converter. Back then and still now there is now aftermarket CC for a 2003 Chevy Impala so a 200...



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