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in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,461 - $12,725
Original MSRP: $23,790 - $31,135
MPG: 19 City / 29 Hwy
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Used Car: 2009 Chevrolet Impala Review

Review Last Updated: 7/24/12

The 2009 Chevrolet Impala offers class-leading fuel economy and seating for up to six, but with poor performance and a lackluster interior, the Impala can’t stack up against other large cars.

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The automotive press agreed that while the 2009 Chevrolet Impala isn’t a bad car, there are a number of large cars that offer more. When it was new, reviewers felt that the Impala lacked the performance and interior quality of competitors, saying that it was unexciting to drive. Combined with its bland exterior design, reviewers simply couldn’t recommend the Impala.

Large cars are not usually exciting to drive, but reviewers found the Impala to be especially boring and uninspiring. One of the other major drawbacks reviewers found with the Impala was its poor handling, which is due to its soft suspension. In terms of safety, the Impala’s scores are about average for the class, but other large used cars performed better in crash tests.

While auto critics were satisfied with the Impala’s interior space, they weren’t enthusiastic about the interior comfort or quality. When it was new, reviewers said its interior looked cheap. One of the few things reviewers liked was the control layout, which they felt was easy to use and well-placed. The Impala’s reliability rating is a bit below-average for the class.   

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re seeking a safe large car with good performance, the highly-ranked 2008 Ford Taurus is a good choice. The Taurus has great reliability and safety scores, which make it an excellent choice among used cars. Both cars boast roomy interiors, but reviewers found the Taurus more comfortable and attractive. The Taurus is also more powerful than most Impala trims, however, those seeking a stronger engine may prefer the Impala SS, which comes with a V8.

The 2008 Buick Lucerne is another large car to consider because of its spacious interior and outstanding reliability rating. The Lucerne sacrifices some fuel economy in comparison with the base Impala. Both can seat up to six when equipped with a front bench seat, though the Impala has slightly more cargo space. If you’re craving power, both cars are available with a V8. If you want a reliable, spacious used sedan, the Lucerne is a good choice.

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