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2009 Chevrolet Impala 2008 Ford Taurus 2008 Buick Lucerne
     
LS
  • LS
  • LT 1LT
  • LT 2LT
  • LTZ
  • SS
4dr Sdn SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL AWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited FWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited AWD
4dr Sdn V6 CX
  • 4dr Sdn V6 CX
  • 4dr Sdn V6 CXL
  • 4dr Sdn V8 CXS *Ltd Avail*

Prices

MSRP $23,790 $23,635 $27,275
Invoice $22,719 $21,801 $25,775
Avg. Paid $9,461 N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 8.6 8.1
Critics' Rating 7.1 8.5 7.9
Performance 6.8 7.3 7.1
Interior 7.1 8.1 8.0
Safety 8.7 9.8 8.1
Reliability 3.0 4.5 5.0
Operating Cost 7.7 N/A N/A

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • Available front bench seat
  • Comfortable ride
  • Massive trunk space and plentiful legroom for its class
  • Top-notch crash test scores
  • Most appreciate new exterior restyling
  • Good fuel efficiency for this class
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Clean and uncluttered interior layout
  • Exceptionally spacious interior with loads of backseat room
  • Classic, American exterior styling
  • More available safety features for 2008
Cons
  • Dated four-speed automatic transmission
  • Subpar handling
  • Poor-quality interior
  • Acceleration still lagging after engine improvements
  • Some find interior controls complicated
  • Less than stellar passing power
  • May lack luxury options and contemporary appeal of other sedan competitors
  • Very large turning radius and noticeably soft brakes

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas/Ethanol V6 3.5L/214 Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas V6 3.8L/231
MPG 19 City / 29 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy 16 City / 25 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan LS 4 Door Sedan 4 Dr Sedan CX

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 110.5 112.9 115.6
Length, Overall (in) 200.4 201.8 203.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.9 74.5 73.8
Height, Overall (in) 58.7 61.5 58.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3555 3741 3764

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Optional
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Optional
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 104.5 108.0 108
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 39.6 39.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.3 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 57.8 58.0
Front Hip Room (in) 56.4 53.7 56.1
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 38.8 37.7
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 41.2 41.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.6 57.6 57.0
Second Hip Room (in) 57.2 53.6 57.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 18.6 21.2 17.0

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional
CD Player Optional Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Optional Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional
Entertainment System Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional Optional
Dual Zone A/C Standard Optional Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Optional
Leather Seats Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Optional Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Split Bench Seat Optional Optional
Bucket Seats Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Optional
Electronic Stability Control Optional Optional
Auto-On Headlights Standard Optional Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Optional Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Adjustable Pedals Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.5L/214 3.5L/213 3.8L/231
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 211 @ 5800 263 @ 6250 197 @ 5200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 214 @ 4000 249 @ 4500 227 @ 3800
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 38 40.0 42.2

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Gasoline Fuel Optional Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 18 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 28 25
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17 20.5 18

Suspension

Air Suspension Standard
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Tri-Link Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Touring MacPherson strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Touring Coil over shock

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard