2009 Chevrolet Impala

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$23,790-$31,135
$22,719-$29,734
17 CITY / 27 HWY
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Overview

What Changed for 2009:
  • Anti-lock brakes (ABS) and traction control now standard on all models
  • Standard thorax side-impact air bags
  • Standard safety belt pre-tensioners for front-seat lap belts
  • New 18-inch flangeless polished aluminum wheels for Impala SS
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity for hands-free calling
  • Three new exterior colors
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 2009 Chevrolet Impala adds new standard safety features, including standard thorax side-impact air bags and front seat safety belt pre-tensioners; optional Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling; new 18-inch aluminum wheels for the Impala SS; common rear spoiler for all models; and three new exterior colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Aqua Blue Metallic and Victory Red. The Impala continues to offer two V-6 E85 flex-fuel-capable engines as well as the more powerful V-8 engine in the Impala SS.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Chevrolet Impala is offered in four models: LS, LT, LTZ and SS. Each model has identifying exterior trim cues, while the SS has a unique front-end appearance with a dual-split grille and SS-signature black-diamond crosshatch pattern. Standard on LTZ and SS models and available on LT is a rear spoiler. Standard features on all models include dual-zone climate control; expanded driver information center with 50+ alerts (depending on vehicle configuration); steering wheel-mounted cruise control buttons; and steering wheel audio controls on up-level models. LS, LT and LTZ models have a wood-trimmed interior, while the SS has a standard \"technical\" pattern trim, with wood trim available as an option. Flip-and-fold rear seats are standard on LTZ and SS models, and available on LT. Up-level models have leather-appointed seating with French seams. The LTZ and SS models have 8-way, heated power driver seats (SS seats are leather), while a 6-way power driver's seat is standard on LT models with cloth seats. Options include factory-installed remote vehicle start; OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation; up-level radios; and a premium Bose system.

Powertrain
Two of the three engines featured in the 2009 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 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway (gasoline version) and 14 mpg city/22 mpg highway (E85). Standard in LTZ and optional in LT models is the 3.9-liter V-6 flex-fuel-capable engine that produces 224 hp at 5700 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. of torque at 3200 rpm. The EPA fuel-economy estimates for this engine are 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway (gasoline) and 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway (E85). The Impala SS is powered by an all-aluminum, small-block, 5.3-liter V-8 engine with GM's Active Fuel Management that pumps out 303 hp at 5600 rpm and 323 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. An electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission is standard on all 2009 Chevrolet Impalas.

Impala's front suspension is MacPherson strut coil-over-spring independent with gas-charged struts and a stabilizer bar, while the rear suspension uses a trailing arm, tri-link setup with coil springs and gas-charged struts. All Impalas have a standard rear stabilizer bar. The Impala has two levels of suspension tuning: FE1 on LS and LT, which includes 16- or 17-inch wheels and Goodyear all-season or Eagle radial tires, and FE3 on LTZ and SS, which includes 18-inch performance tires and 5-spoke alloy wheels. Electronic stability control is standard on 2LT, LTZ and SS models. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control is standard on all models.

Safety
The 2009 Chevrolet Impala has standard dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags and front and side curtain air bags; front safety belt pre-tensioners; remote keyless entry; tire-pressure monitor; engine immobilizer; and low-tire-pressure monitor. In addition, all-speed traction control and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard. Electronic stability control is standard on 2LT, LTZ and SS models.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Chevrolet Impala receives a perfect 5-star rating in frontal-impact crash tests, while the car is still to be tested for side-impact protection. In NHTSA's rollover testing, the 2009 Impala received a 4-star rating.

Technology
All 2009 Chevrolet Impalas have standard OnStar, XM satellite radio and auxiliary input jack for iPod and other portable devices. New for 2009, Bluetooth phone connectivity through the OnStar system enables hands-free calling, with calls connected via the car's audio system. OnStar also offers Turn-by-Turn Navigation with its optional Directions & Connections service. This navigation directs you through your intended route using digital readout lines in the radio head. It enables you to download trip directions through the OnStar advisor, and play them back or pause throughout your drive right up to your destination. The system updates itself, so there's no need to purchase map updates.
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  • Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23790.00 Engine 3.5L/214 City/Hwy MPG 18/29
  • Name 3.5L LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24645.00 Engine 3.5L/214 City/Hwy MPG 18/29
  • Name 3.9L LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27110.00 Engine 3.9L/237 City/Hwy MPG 17/27
  • Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 29630.00 Engine 3.9L/237 City/Hwy MPG 17/27
  • Name SS (4dr Sdn *Ltd Avail*) Transmission HD Automatic w/OD MSRP 31135.00 Engine 5.3L/325 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket, 40/40
  • Seat trim, cloth
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power
  • Seat adjuster, driver manual lumbar control
  • Seat, rear fixed bench
  • Shifter, floor console
  • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel
  • Steering wheel, urethane
  • Instrumentation, analog 4-gauge cluster with speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature, fuel, trip odometer and Driver Information Center
  • 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
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone manual climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger and air filtration system
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Applique, woodgrain on instrument panel and door
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard
  • Lighting, interior with center-mounted dome and rear reading lights
  • Seats, front bucket, 40/40 (with leather-appointed seating includes (KA1) heated driver and front passenger seats and (AG2) 6-way power front passenger seat adjuster) (With leather-appointed seating included and only available with (PCK) Luxury Edition Package for Retail order types. Included with (PCK) Luxury Edition Package for Fleet or Government order types. Available to order separately for Fleet and Government order types and requires (AM9) flip-and-fold-flat rear seat.)
  • 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
  • Cargo net, trunk
  • Seats, front bucket, 40/40 (with leather-appointed seating includes (KA1) heated driver and front passenger seats and (AG2) 6-way power front passenger seat adjuster)
  • Seat, rear flip-and-fold flat
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
  • Seats, front bucket includes (KA1) heated driver and front passenger seats and (AG2) 6-way power front passenger seat adjuster
  • Seat trim, leather-appointed seating
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power
  • Universal Home Remote includes overhead system
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Applique, techno metallic on instrument panel and door
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
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color
  • Wipers, front intermittent
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) 5-spoke, styled cast aluminum
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) machined aluminum
  • Tires, P225/55R17 touring, blackwall
  • Spoiler, rear
  • Fog lamps, front, integral in front fascia
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) machined-face aluminum
  • Tires, P235/50R18 performance, W-rated
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) polished, flangeless aluminum
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. Available with (NE1) Maine, Massachusetts, New York or Vermont state emissions requirements. Only Fleet order type FNR, FBC, FGO and FEF may order with (YF5) California state 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 antilock, 4-wheel disc includes (NW9) Traction Control
  • Exhaust, single stainless-steel
  • Engine, 3.9L V6 SFI (E85) 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
  • 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
  • Traction control, all-speed
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, and thorax side-impact, driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions includes Passenger Sensing System (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 child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicle's Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling and Remote Horn and 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 onsta
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling and Remote Horn and 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
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system
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, 6-speaker system
  • XM Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on (Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately aft
  • Antenna, integral rear
  • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Audio system feature, Bose premium 8-speaker system

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