2008 Chevrolet Impala Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$21,975-$29,355
$20,766-$27,740
17 /CITY / 27 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • New 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels

  • New electronic stability control system

  • Heated front bucket seats

  • Bose sound system standard on LTZ and optional on LS & 1LT

  • New E85 flex-fuel capability on 3.9-liter V-6 engine

  • New luxury LT model
Overview
First introduced in 1958 as a top-of-the-line option on the rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Bel Air, the Impala was produced until 1985, and again from 1994-1996 in SS trim. It returned in 2000 as a front-wheel-drive model. The Impala SS, long revered by aficionados as a performance car and highly collectible (especially the 1994-1996 models), was resurrected by Chevrolet in 2004.

The 2008 Chevrolet Impala is a carryover from 2007. The Impala was last redesigned for the 2006 model year, but the full-size family sedan features some minor new refinements: a luxury LT model; E85 flex-fuel capability on the optional 3.9-liter V-6 engine; electronic stability control; upgraded Bose sound system; heated front bucket seats; and new 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels. Impala continues to offer E85 flex-fuel capability in its other two engines.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Chevrolet Impala is offered in four models: LS, LT, LTZ and SS. Two of the three engines available are E85 flex-fuel capable. LS highlights include a 3.5-liter V-6 engine; automatic transmission; 16-inch bolt-on wheel covers; tire-pressure-monitoring system; CD/MP3 player and auxiliary audio input jack; and cloth front bucket and rear bench seats. The 1LT model adds 16-inch, 5-spoke styled aluminum wheels; remote vehicle starter system; and dual-zone climate controls. Buyers who opt for the 2LT model receive the 3.9-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission; electronic stability control system; foglamps; rear spoiler; dual exhaust; 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brake system (ABS) and traction control; 17-inch, machined aluminum wheels; leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls; and flip-and-fold rear seat.

LTZ models feature active fuel management, heated front bucket seats, Bose sound system, and bright chrome door handles. The Impala SS model includes a 303-hp, small-block V-8 engine and heavy-duty automatic transmission; SS-specific rear spoiler; performance-tuned suspension; dual, polished-steel exhaust tips; 18-inch performance tires; and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels.

Powertrain
Two of the three engines featured in the 2008 Chevrolet Impala line are available as E85 flex-fuel-capable. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard on LS and LT models and produces 211 hp at 5800 rpm and 214 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates are 18 mpg city/29 mpg highway (gasoline version) and 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway (E85). The 2LT and LTZ models have the 3.9-liter V-6 engine that produces 233 hp at 5600 rpm and 240 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The EPA fuel economy estimates for this engine are 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway (gasoline) and 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway (E85). The Impala SS is powered by a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 303 hp at 5600 rpm and 323 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. An automatic transmission is standard on all 2008 Chevrolet Impalas. Electronic stability control, all-speed traction control and 4-wheel ABS are standard on 2LT, LTZ and SS models.

Safety
The 2008 Chevrolet Impala has standard dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags and front and rear head curtain side air bags; remote trunk release; one year of OnStar Safe & Sound plan; keyless entry; electronic brake assist; engine immobilizer; and low-tire-pressure monitor. In addition, electronic stability control, all-speed traction control and 4-wheel ABS are standard on some models. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Chevrolet Impala receives 5-star ratings for all occupants in frontal and front side-impact crash tests, and a 4-star rating for rear side-impact crash and rollover testing.

Technology
All 2008 Chevrolet Impalas have an AM/FM stereo with radio data system and 6 speakers, CD player with MP3 capability, auxiliary audio input jack for iPod and other MP3 devices, and three months free XM ratellite radio. An in-dash, 6-disc CD/MP3 player is available on all models except LS and 1LT. The Bose sound system, standard in LTZ and available in LT and SS, features a digital amplifier with six channels of customized equalization and digital signal processing, A-pillar mounted tweeters, and woofers positioned in front-door speakers and the front deck.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels

  • New electronic stability control system

  • Heated front bucket seats

  • Bose sound system standard on LTZ and optional on LS & 1LT

  • New E85 flex-fuel capability on 3.9-liter V-6 engine

  • New luxury LT model
Overview
First introduced in 1958 as a top-of-the-line option on the rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Bel Air, the Impala was produced until 1985, and again from 1994-1996 in SS trim. It returned in 2000 as a front-wheel-drive model. The Impala SS, long revered by aficionados as a performance car and highly collectible (especially the 1994-1996 models), was resurrected by Chevrolet in 2004.

The 2008 Chevrolet Impala is a carryover from 2007. The Impala was last redesigned for the 2006 model year, but the full-size family sedan features some minor new refinements: a luxury LT model; E85 flex-fuel capability on the optional 3.9-liter V-6 engine; electronic stability control; upgraded Bose sound system; heated front bucket seats; and new 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels. Impala continues to offer E85 flex-fuel capability in its other two engines.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Chevrolet Impala is offered in four models: LS, LT, LTZ and SS. Two of the three engines available are E85 flex-fuel capable. LS highlights include a 3.5-liter V-6 engine; automatic transmission; 16-inch bolt-on wheel covers; tire-pressure-monitoring system; CD/MP3 player and auxiliary audio input jack; and cloth front bucket and rear bench seats. The 1LT model adds 16-inch, 5-spoke styled aluminum wheels; remote vehicle starter system; and dual-zone climate controls. Buyers who opt for the 2LT model receive the 3.9-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission; electronic stability control system; foglamps; rear spoiler; dual exhaust; 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brake system (ABS) and traction control; 17-inch, machined aluminum wheels; leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls; and flip-and-fold rear seat.

LTZ models feature active fuel management, heated front bucket seats, Bose sound system, and bright chrome door handles. The Impala SS model includes a 303-hp, small-block V-8 engine and heavy-duty automatic transmission; SS-specific rear spoiler; performance-tuned suspension; dual, polished-steel exhaust tips; 18-inch performance tires; and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels.

Powertrain
Two of the three engines featured in the 2008 Chevrolet Impala line are available as E85 flex-fuel-capable. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard on LS and LT models and produces 211 hp at 5800 rpm and 214 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. EPA fuel economy estimates are 18 mpg city/29 mpg highway (gasoline version) and 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway (E85). The 2LT and LTZ models have the 3.9-liter V-6 engine that produces 233 hp at 5600 rpm and 240 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The EPA fuel economy estimates for this engine are 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway (gasoline) and 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway (E85). The Impala SS is powered by a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 303 hp at 5600 rpm and 323 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. An automatic transmission is standard on all 2008 Chevrolet Impalas. Electronic stability control, all-speed traction control and 4-wheel ABS are standard on 2LT, LTZ and SS models.

Safety
The 2008 Chevrolet Impala has standard dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags and front and rear head curtain side air bags; remote trunk release; one year of OnStar Safe & Sound plan; keyless entry; electronic brake assist; engine immobilizer; and low-tire-pressure monitor. In addition, electronic stability control, all-speed traction control and 4-wheel ABS are standard on some models. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Chevrolet Impala receives 5-star ratings for all occupants in frontal and front side-impact crash tests, and a 4-star rating for rear side-impact crash and rollover testing.

Technology
All 2008 Chevrolet Impalas have an AM/FM stereo with radio data system and 6 speakers, CD player with MP3 capability, auxiliary audio input jack for iPod and other MP3 devices, and three months free XM ratellite radio. An in-dash, 6-disc CD/MP3 player is available on all models except LS and 1LT. The Bose sound system, standard in LTZ and available in LT and SS, features a digital amplifier with six channels of customized equalization and digital signal processing, A-pillar mounted tweeters, and woofers positioned in front-door speakers and the front deck.
Available Trims for the 2008 Chevrolet Impala
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 21975.00 Engine 3.5L/214 City/Hwy MPG 18/29
Name LT (4dr Sdn 3.5L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22675.00 Engine 3.5L/214 City/Hwy MPG 18/29
Name LT (4dr Sdn 3.9L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25330.00 Engine 3.9L/237 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27650.00 Engine 3.9L/237 City/Hwy MPG 18/28
Name SS (4dr Sdn) Transmission HD Automatic w/OD MSRP 29355.00 Engine 5.3L/325 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
Name LT 50th Anniversary (4dr Sdn 3.5L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25245.00 Engine 3.5L/214 City/Hwy MPG 18/29
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket with Cloth, 40/40
  • Applique, woodgrain on instrument panel and door
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Seat adjuster, driver manual lumbar control
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power
  • Seat, rear fixed bench
  • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel
  • Steering wheel, urethane
  • Shifter, floor console
  • Instrumentation, analog 4-gauge cluster with speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature, fuel, trip odometer and Driver Information Center
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and passenger lockout
  • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection and enhanced safety
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Trunk release, remote
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASSlock
  • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
  • XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com.)
  • Antenna, integral rear
  • Air conditioning, single zone manual with air filtration system
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard
  • Lighting, interior with center-mounted dome and rear reading lights
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Instrumentation, analog Deluxe, 4-gauge cluster with speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature, fuel, trip odometer, Driver Information Center, outside temperature and compass
  • Remote vehicle starter system, includes Remote Keyless Entry
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone manual climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger and air filtration system
  • Cargo net, trunk
  • Seat, rear flip-and-fold flat
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
  • Seats, front bucket with leather-appointed seating includes (KA1) heated driver and front passenger seats and (AG2) 6-way power front passenger seat adjuster
  • Universal Home Remote includes overhead system
  • Leather-appointed seating
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Applique, techno metallic on instrument panel and door
  • Seats, front bucket with leather-appointed seating includes (KA1) heated driver and front passenger seats and (AG2) 6-way power front passenger seat adjuster (Includes two-tone theme and 50th Anniversary logo sewn into front head rests.)
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear (Unique ebony floor mats with accent serging.)
  • Applique, brushed metallic film on instrument panel and door
  • Sill plates, 50th Anniversary emblem
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) steel with deluxe bolt-on wheel covers
  • Tires, P225/60R16 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare
  • Moldings, body-color rocker
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) 5-spoke, styled cast aluminum
  • Spoiler, rear
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) machined aluminum
  • Tires, P225/55R17 touring, blackwall
  • Fog lamps, front, integral in front fascia
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) machined-face aluminum
  • Tires, P235/50R18 performance, W-rated
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) machined flangeless aluminum
  • Spoiler, rear SS-specific
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) machined aluminum
  • Molding, 50th Anniversary unique rocker
  • Badge, 50th Anniversary (Replaces C pillar badge.)
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, 3.5L V6 SFI (E85) includes (E85) FlexFuel (gas ethanol) capability, uses gasoline or E85 fuel (211 hp [157.3 kW] @ 5800 rpm, 214 lb-ft of torque [288.9 N-m] @ 4000 rpm) (Included and only available with (FE9) Federal emissions requirements.)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic electronically controlled with overdrive
  • Axle, 2.86 ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power (600 CCA.)
  • Alternator, 125 amps
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Touring
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Brakes, 4-wheel disc
  • Exhaust, single stainless-steel
  • Engine, 3.9L V6 SFI (E85) with Active Fuel Management, includes (E85) FlexFuel (gas ethanol) capability, uses gasoline or E85 fuel (233 hp [173.7 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 240 lb-ft of torque [324.0 N-m] @ 4000 rpm)
  • Axle, 3.29 ratio
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power (750 CCA.)
  • Exhaust, dual-outlet stainless-steel
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Performance Tuning
  • Engine, 5.3L small block V8 SFI with Active Fuel Management (303 hp [225.9 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 323 lb-ft of torque [436.1 N-m] @ 4000 rpm)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic, heavy-duty, electronically controlled with overdrive
  • Axle, 2.93 ratio
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power (625 CCA.)
  • Alternator, 135 amps
  • Exhaust, dual outlet stainless-steel with bright tips
PACKAGE
  • Convenience Package includes (UG1) Universal Home Remote, (DD6) inside rearview auto-dimming mirror and (DK2) outside heated power-adjustable mirrors
SAFETY
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
  • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist and Remote Horn & Lights (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827 f
  • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist and Remote Horn & Lights (OnStar service is upgraded to (DCP) 1-year Directions and Connections plan at no additional cost when (PCK) Luxury Edition Package is ordered. Onstar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehic
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc includes (NW9) Traction Control
  • Traction control, all-speed
  • Onstar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan. Includes the innovative easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation services which provide voice-guided directions (where available). Also includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, Onstar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services, and Driving Directions OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. Onstar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remo
  • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist and Remote Horn & Lights (OnStar service is upgraded to (DCP) 1-year Directions and Connections plan. Onstar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diag
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD and MP3 playback seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack
  • Audio system feature, Bose premium 8-speaker system

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