Its digital hardware includes upgraded hands-free voice recognition capabilities, including more intuitive continuous digit dialing and improved voice recognition accuracy. Models well-known to be rental cars tend to get less respect in the market, too. The tub also serves as a covered storage area beneath the seat with the cushions down, and offers convenient grocery bag hooks when the cushions are flipped forward. Even entering a highway on-ramp at normal speeds led to ; any faster, and the front tires started sliding under the strain. Directions are downloaded by the OnStar advisor to the vehicle and can be played back or paused through the drive up to the destination. The seats also have firm cushions and lumbar support that provide more comfort, especially during long drives.
This engine is not E85-compatible. Anti-lock brakes and traction control are now standard on all models. Models equipped with a V-6 engine have a two-point engine-mounting system, while V-8 models have a three-point mounting system. Essentially, it offers a lot of bang for the buck, with a cavernous interior, plenty of standard amenities, and powerful, moderately responsive engines. 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. It features Active Fuel Management, which can provide up to 12 percent better fuel economy. That said, the generous headlights that sweep back along the sides of the hood, along with its unique twin grille openings, lend the Impala a hint of modernity.
It put the Chevrolet where it was pointed, but it gave little feedback from the road. The Charger and 300 rate Good in the front test but Poor in the side impact without optional side airbags and Marginal for rear impacts. Tall jounce bumpers in the front suspension help enhance stability and control. Safety and crash avoidanceImpala offers standard side curtain air bags, which provide optimum head protection for outboard passengers. .
Impala's OnStar system also offers Turn-by-Turn Navigation with the optional Directions and Connections service. Also missing are in-dash navigation and all-wheel drive. All three engines run smoothly through four-speed automatic transmissions. Powertrain choices remain the same the 2008 Impala: standard is a 3. Bluetooth cell phone connectivity is now also standard on the entire model line. All accessories are driven by a single serpentine belt to save space. The competition offers these higher-end features.
The Impala, meanwhile, scored Good in the side impact test but just Acceptable in the front test and Marginal in the rear. A generous pass-through from the trunk can be created by flipping the seat bottoms forward and the seat backs flat - an exclusive feature in the midsize segment. The 2009 Chevrolet Impala seats up to six adults in reasonable comfort, though materials are still not up to the levels seen in a Honda Accord. The Impala is available with two engine configurations; the standard 3. This engine offers more power and usable torque within its operating range, with 90 percent of peak torque available from 1,800 to 5,800 rpm.
Compare the 2009 to the 2008 model. Uplevel Nuance leather-appointed seating features premium deck seams around their perimeter and French seams on the center cushions. In addition, it should have a stronger on-center feel. Most reviewers agree that the styling of the 2009 Chevrolet Impala lacks inspiration. The solid feel at highway speeds was impressive, as was the almost Lexus-quiet cabin.
With the use of the 5. To pull together this exhaustive review of the Chevrolet Impala, our car experts also looked to many different review sources to bring you the best information. 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. Bluetooth technology enables hands-free phone calling, with personal cell phone calls connected via the Impala's audio system. Any Impala is stable with good steering feel. Impala's fully boxed upper frame rail assemblies have a wider, deeper and structurally stronger upper front tie bar. The rear suspension uses a trailing arm, tri-link setup with gas-charged struts and coil springs.
Besides being an easy-to-use system all directions are downloaded to the car by an advisor Turn-by-Turn offers an affordable system that is always up to date no need to purchase map updates. The driver's seat also includes adjustable lumbar. Thorax side-impact air bags were standard. The Impala does score in two major areas. All radios include a standard auxiliary input jack for external devices such as an iPod. Not so Lexus-quiet, however, was the suspension, which emitted thumps and whacks into the interior over bumpy roads.