The Chevrolet Impala has been an American tradition from the beginning, and is continuously rated in the top ten full-size sedans in the United States. Chevrolet has strived to improve the look and performance of the Impala through the years, and 2009 is no exception. The 2009 Chevrolet Impala’s V-6 engine is powerful yet efficient, the ride is smooth and the roomy cabin is comfortable. Dual-zone climate control, interior air filtration, front seat side airbags, traction control, OnStar, anti-lock disc brakes, and manual adjustable lumbar support driver seat are just a few of the improvements made in 2009.
The 2009 Chevrolet Impala has five trim choices: the LS, the LT, the 2LT, the LTZ, and the SS.
Body Styles: full-size sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter V-6, 3.9-liter V-6, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: LS, LT, 2LT, LTZ, SS
The 2009 Chevrolet Impala has made some features standard:
- Dual-zone climate control on lower trim levels
- Front seat side-impact airbags on lower trim levels
- Anti-lock brakes and traction control on lower trim levels
- Bluetooth connectivity on higher trim levels
The SS trim includes monochromatic exterior paint, performance-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels. The LS trim comes with 17-inch wheels, the LT trim upgrades to 18-inch wheels, and the top-of-the-line LTZ trim comes standard with 20-inch wheels.
The interior capacity is superior, with plenty of room for up to six people, and with 18.6 cubic feet of trunk space to make room for their luggage. The 2009 Impala blends the ease of a midsize sedan with the roominess and comfort of a full-size sedan. Measurements of the interior are 39.4 inch front headroom and 37.8 inch rear headroom, 56.4 inch front hip room and 57.2 inch rear hip room, and 58.7 inch shoulder room and 58.6 inch shoulder room.
Performance & Handling
Options such as a power front passenger seat, heated seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Homelink transmitter can be added to the SS trim.
A CD player and a sunroof can be added to all trims. The LS and LT trims both come with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine producing 211 horsepower. A 3.9-liter V-6 producing 233 horsepower is standard on the 2LT and LTZ trims and the SS has a standard 5.3-liter V-8 producing an amazing 303 horsepower. The SS trim tested at zero-60-mph in 6.4 seconds, and did the quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds. Both the V-6 and V-8 have Active Fuel Management technology, which improves fuel usage by deactivating half the cylinders when cruising.
One of the most important attributes of the Impala is its list of safety features. The 2009 Impala earned five out of five stars for the protection of the front passenger and driver in frontal impacts. Five stars were also received for side-impact tests for front passengers and four stars for rear passengers. The standard safety features include front seat airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, a tire pressure monitor, and OnStar. Stability control is standard on the LT2, LTZ, and SS trims.
EPA Fuel Economy
V-6 engine: 19/29 mpg city/highway
V-8 engine on the SS trim: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Solid, confident ride
- Good cornering capabilities
- Ride quality
You Won't Like
- Soft suspension tuning
- Poor handling
- Fuel economy
Anyone who enjoys a comfortable and roomy highway or city ride would drive the 2009 Chevrolet Impala, from families with children to seniors who enjoy traveling to visit their families, or anyone that just wants a comfy ride when going across town. Anyone on a budget who wants a lot of bang for their buck would be attracted to the Impala.
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