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2009 Chevy Impala: Wait for the 2010

Posted in Chevrolet, GM by Geoff | November 8th, 2008 | 14 Responses |

2009  Chevrolet Impala
2009 Chevrolet Impala

You would think based on the amount of press that the Chevrolet Malibu receives that it would be the sedan sales leader for the Detroit automaker.  But it isn’t.  At least for the time being, that honor (if it can be called that) belongs to the Impala, some of which were recently recalled for an air bag issue.  When “new” features of any car include cupholder highlights, a car has got some serious issues.  Taking a look at the 2009 Chevy Impala, most would agree that a redesigned 2010 Impala can’t get here fast enough. 

Possible Redesigned 2010 Impala
Possible Redesigned 2010 Chevy Impala

While Chevy probably won’t mind losing a few car sales the Malibu, unfortunately all of the competitors to the Impala from Toyota, Honda and even Chrysler, continue to improve their larger sedans while the once celebrated dashing antelope becomes more Lumina-esque every day.  For 2009, the aging Impala gets anti-lock brakes, traction control, and thorax side-impact airbags as standard equipment. A choice of engine options are carried over from the previous year, the first of which is the standard 3.5L V-6 making 211 hp, capable of fuel economy of 18 in city and 29 on the highway.  The more powerful choice is either the 3.9L V-6 putting out 224 hp or a 303-horsepower 5.3L V-8.  To address a widening ban on handheld cell-phone usage while driving, Chevy now offers the option of Bluetooth connectivity accessed through the OnStar system. Dual-zone climate control is now standard all models.  While all of the engine choice provide sufficient power, though substantially lower fuel economy with the V8, most drivers find the typically powerful Chevy to overpower the handling capabilities of the Impala. Other negatives are the design, both inside and out.  The usual criticism of past GM products for utilizing cheap-looking materials and poor fit and finish is unfortunately not corrected with the 2009 Impala, which looks like a dinosaur compared to direct competitors.  There is, however, hope on the horizon for Impala lovers.  A MUCH improved Impala based on the same platform, (rear wheel drive please), as the new Camaro is tentatively planned for 2010.  It would appear based on the concept at least, that GM is hoping to push the Impala into a more expensive car segment, and let the Malibu absorb previous bargain-minded Impala buyers.  Long overdue if you ask us.

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14 Responses

  1. Erika says:

    Are you out of your mind?! The Impala is the BEST car out there. Where I live, the Malibu is called the ‘Maliboo-boo’. If Impalas weren’t good cars they would’ve stopped making them DECADES ago, you moron. I am so seriously offended by this, and SO WHAT if it’s looking ‘Lumina-esque’, they’re making it BETTER. I don’t know how you live with yourself.

  2. Rich says:

    You are kidding right? My experince with my 2003 Impala (all this happened before 60,000 miles).

    All 4 brake rotors warped at different times, thermostat stopped working, the 3800 leaking oil from intake manifold all over my driveway, throttle body stuck nearly wide-open one morning on the way to work (that was fun), anti-lock brakes (and traction control) fire sometimes for no reason, abs light stays on a few days a week all the way to work, rear suspension went bad so I had a nice clunk going over every bump, dash lights burned out, driver’s side heated seat no longer works (and is incredibly expensive to have fixed).

    And my all time favorite, sometimes (but not all the time) after a hard rain I have 2 to 3 inches of WATER sitting on the front passenger-side floor. Still trying to figure out where in the heck the water is coming in, somewhere behind the glove box.

    Hmmm, I think that’s it, kind of a lot to remember though…

    Stupid me, I still baby the car, I drive carefully, change oil every 3000, to this day not one ding on the car. I hope for their sake they come out with a better package in 2010. If they do I will once again buy one, otherwise I will try a different brand.

  3. Lamar says:

    the current Impala is a visual embarassment. It used to be masculin, what happened to those days? The SS is the most femanine supposed muscle car I’ve ever seen. A great looking Lumina yes but worthy of its logo no. I would like to see the soon to be dead G8 transformed into the Impala to justify the name

  4. Harry Collins says:

    Right now, my 2008 Malibu LTZ is a better looking, more hp, more solid car than my 2006 Impala LTZ.

    The current Impala needs to be redesigned to continue to be the sedan leader.

  5. Ronnie says:

    I love my 2005 impala…..I’m not impressed with the 2010. Looks like the previos monte carlo…..

  6. Raymond says:

    I love the whole idea they have going With the 2010 impala I got a 2000 LS and thru out the years to me its been gettin smaller!!and I ask my self why!?! That’s why we got malibus. The impala should have stayed a larger sedan thru out the years instead of becomin more girly!Chevy impala!?where’s the muscule look at? They need to bring that back! Instead of this the little girl look
    they got going on !

  7. walter says:

    I own a Chevy Impala 06, I really dont have problems other than been fan of Impala’s. Just that every time I go see the the new Chevy Impala is almost the same i mean they only change the gear shifts, accessories, the fog lights and add more accessories, it seems that it takes more space front and back than the middle section i mean i dont mean big but you know incase for ladies to take or bring lol so it needs to be just slightly wider. In my 06 the only thing i hate does not have a small tray to pull out not a ash tray, umm like to put some coins i have to put it on the cup holder and when i need put my coke is uncomfortable.

    Now about the view out side hmmm well the one is showing picture, it sorta look like a Dodge or Chrysler i think more like Chrysler i mean its okay but naaaa, probably a little bit of muscle and exotic. It looks to way simple in the picture.

  8. ken convalle says:

    C’mon, guys! You’re far too critical, this is one great looking ride. Alright, I would change the C-pillar, it’s tired. But look at that aggressively styled front end–I would say it’s hands-down better-looking than the new Taurus. I see a lotta you pickin’ on your old Chevy Impalas over quality glitches, but we all grew up with Chevy’s. Now it’s chic to buy Japanese crap, and then to scream about job loss, the vanishing American car, the demoralization of the American worker. Do you really like sending all of your hard earned pay to Japan? Didn’t you take your first driving lessons in a Chevy, or kiss the first girl of your dreams in a Chevy? Try making out in the back seat of a pukey little Civic! One thing is for sure, if America was awash in teeny little Japanese cars in the 50’s, there wouldn’t have been a baby boom, and maybe not you.

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  10. Joe Schneider says:

    One great feature that the Chevy Imapala has is its very spacious front bench seat version. It’s so comfortable! I hope they keep this great option when doing any redesigns. It would also be great if they come out with a hybrid version of the Chevy Impala. Then it will really stand out!

  11. Les says:

    >>And my all time favorite, sometimes (but not all the time) after a hard rain I have 2 to 3 inches of WATER sitting on the front passenger-side floor. Still trying to figure out where in the heck the water is coming in, somewhere behind the glove box.


    I happen to know what that was! I had the same problem…after getting my 2000 Impala LS serviced, whenever it rained hard, the passenger side floor would have 2 to 3 inches of water. Turns out when they changed the air conditioning air-filter under the windsheild base guard on the passenger side, they took out the water-venturi that guides the water out and away and never replaced it when they put it back together. The water then ran right down and into the passenger compartment!

    Don’t know the replacement part number, but on the exloded view of that area on the GM replacement charts, it’s part 13.


  12. steve says:

    great looking car but still needs to be redesigned.

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