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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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2009 Chevrolet Impala Interior

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Auto journalists report the Impala can seat six, has a cavernous cargo hold, and offers plenty of convenience features. However, many concede that its lack of comfort and poor interior fit and finish detract from its overall appeal.

  • "In the past, Chevy's bread-and-butter full-sizer was criticized for unattractive styling and Playskool-quality cabin plastics. These two areas were addressed a few years ago with mixed results. Styling is now pleasantly subdued, but the interior remains one of the worst in the full-size segment -- especially in lower trims." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin materials are serviceable, but Impala trails most like-priced rivals for quality feel. Hard plastic expanses dominate the cabin, giving it a budget look and feel. One test Impala LT suffered from a few interior squeaks and rattles." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Too bad the Impala isn't a little more about interior design. The overall look is pleasing enough, with a dark gray upper and lighter lower dash separated by faux wood, and the control layout is wonderfully simple and logical. But the featureless black plastic on the center stack and instrument cluster is almost insulting." -- Car and Driver

Seating

Critics like the fact that the Impala can seat up to six passengers, but don't offer rave reviews for its level of comfort. In fact, many auto writers complain of lacking legroom. Though the Impala features two standard bucket seats in the front row, drivers of the LS, 1LT, and 2LT may opt for a 40/20/40 split-bench seat.

  • "[I]t's huge, with 104.5 cubic feet of interior room and the ability to seat six if one opts for the front bench seat (remember those?) available in the LS and LT." -- Car and Driver
  • "As before, six adults can fit in the Impala, but five would be happier, and four downright cheerful." -- Motor Trend
  • "The front seats initially felt as if they needed more lateral support, but the longer I drove the car, the better they felt." -- Kansas City Star
  • "Headroom and legroom are adequate. With the available front bench, the seat bottom is too short for long-distance comfort. The narrow cabin limits three-abreast seating to short trips with smaller passengers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Occupants will find hip and shoulder room plentiful, but legroom is below average for this segment." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers, on balance, appear to be satisfied with the '09 Impalas standard convenience features. All trim models feature dual-zone air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 capability. New for 2009, the 2LT, LTZ, and SS feature Bluetooth wireless technology. Optional features include a power sunroof and heated front bucket seats.

  • "The gauges are clearly marked and easy to read. Large, clearly marked radio and climate controls have easy-grip rubberized surfaces and operate smoothly." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The LTZ is so well-equipped it has no options apart from a CD changer and a sunroof (which is optional on all trims), while the SS has a handful, including heated seats, a power front passenger seat, HomeLink transmitter and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. ... Audio and climate controls are GM's latest stock units, which are intuitive and feel good but don't improve the generally anonymous look." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Chevy Impala provides 18.6 cubic feet of trunk space. Though some critics note quirks with its trunk's shape, most admit that it provides a lot of room for the usual luggage and groceries.

  • "[T]he Impala shines in terms of interior capacity, with room for up to six people and all their luggage, thanks to a generous 18.6 cubic feet of trunk space." -- Edmunds
  • "Impala's trunk is roomy, with a usefully flat floor. The lid uses non-intrusive strut hinges, but an oddly shaped opening hampers loading bulky objects. Cabin storage is merely adequate." -- Consumer Guide

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