Rear-drive cars are generally better balanced and drive more sportingly, while large front-wheel-drive cars like the Impala, Taurus and Avalon aren't best-suited for performance driving. Competition like the 2009 Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger, Toyota Avalon and Chrysler 300 offer flashier features, like advanced multimedia systems with navigation, all-wheel drive and aggressive styling in the 300 and Charger. The overall design of the interior is attractive, with a stately and smooth steering wheel shape, a sporty set of gauges in aquamarine color, and bucket seats that invite the driver and passengers to a comfortable ride. The comes in four trim levels, with three different engines. Even though it lacks the high-rpm refinement of a Japanese multivalve V-6 and, like all Impalas, must make due with only a four-speed automatic, it offers a wide torque band and good fuel economy. The Taurus and Avalon include a stability system standard, and the Chrysler and Dodge make it optional on less-expensive trim levels. Simply adjust the lumbars and backs of buckets.
Anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard on all models, and a stability-control system comes on models equipped with the 3. The Fleet Question Not to say that fleet sales don't count, but what makes a car a fleet favorite isn't the same as what makes a car a favorite for consumers. This is great if you spend all day on the highway and like to float at 65 mph. The interior, also, is spacious and very comfortable in that sense. All Impalas are front-wheel drive, like the Avalon, while the Taurus is front- or all-wheel drive and the Charger and 300 are rear- or all-wheel drive. The solid feel at highway speeds was impressive, as was the almost Lexus-quiet cabin.
A trick up the Impala's sleeve is that it seats six, which surprisingly is a feature we're asked about. Using E85 ethanol, test models with the 3. Chevrolet's Impala is a full-size car without flash, extravagant features or risky styling. If you take the current incentives on the Impala into consideration, you could likely get into one for the same price as a much smaller car. While in-dash navigation systems depreciate quickly and can decrease a car's overall resale value — plus, some systems are hard to use — all-wheel drive is very useful if you're in a climate that needs it.
Trunk space is very large as well. The more powerful 233-hp, 3. Very responsive for a 3. You can find a list of the Chevrolet Impala's standard safety features. The competition offers these higher-end features. Compare the 2009 to the 2008 model. The lower half of the dash on the model I tested used molded plastic below simulated wood trim that reeked of cheapness with its ill-fitting panels.
The 2009 Taurus and Avalon earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick designation, which means they scored Good in front, side-impact and rear crash tests. Of course, many of those sales can be attributed to fleet sales. Keep reading complaints about the seats from folks. The Impala, meanwhile, scored Good in the side impact test but just Acceptable in the front test and Marginal in the rear. On the highway, I found myself making repeated corrections to stay safely in the middle of my lane. The Taurus offers better interior execution, but the Chevrolet Impala's quality is on par with that of the Charger and 300. With a traditional in-dash or portable system, there are no fees.
Introduction Until gas prices started going through the roof, the Impala was one of the few cars that was selling well for General Motors. Reviewers agree that the '09 Impala's powerful engines pack a mean punch, but find that its handling dynamics suffer -- most notably from soft suspension settings. The vehicle, in conclusion, is attractive, reliable, easy to use, and fun to drive. Replaced tires, battery and windshield wiper blades at 56,000 last September. The only thing that this reviewer would change about the interior is the paneling design on the dashboard, as the reddish-brown wood-like design paneling could be done without. For that, you get a large car with more than 200 horsepower and plenty of standard equipment, and savvy buyers can find examples for far less on dealer lots at the moment.
Just playing it safe for upcoming Michigan winter. Though the Impala offers a comfortable ride, it lacks road feel, doesn't handle curves well, and some critics even note that the steering is not properly centered. In addition, it should have a stronger on-center feel. Of course, many of those sales can be attributed to fleet sales. All Impalas have front-wheel drive. Even so, it's a rare six-seater that's a consistent top-seller; in 2008 it was the eighth best-selling car in the U. Any Impala is stable with good steering feel.
I will get one just like it for my wife. Inside The Impala's interior is extremely basic in design and execution. Frequently challenged by curious drivers of other cars. Fit and finish is outstanding. As an overall package, it lacks style, originality and individualization — basically anything a person could get passionate about; you won't take this car home to show off to.
The Impala does score in two major areas. The engine is decently quiet, and is relatively powerful, with 211 horsepower pumping from the 3. Not many new cars offer this combination. Of course, what the Impala lacks in uniqueness it makes up for with an impressive size-to-dollar ratio, as the Impala is priced lower than other full-size sedans. Technology geeks should look elsewhere, such as Ford's voice-activated Sync system in the Taurus, Chrysler's MyGig in-dash hard drive in the Charger and 300, or Toyota's voice-activated navigation system in the Avalon. Got thumbs up from a 40th Anniversary Corvette driver during test drive.
Our last Impala was a 2007. Also missing are in-dash navigation and all-wheel drive. We chose the Impala for it's outstanding value and low total operation cost. Its sporty headlights and grille are accented by the slanted body design, rear spoiler, and the Victory Red paint job. Looked at a lot of cars and settled on the Impala again once more.