This version of the Chevrolet Impala was competitive in its class, but there were better choices. While ride and handling are sound, they lag behind those of many competitors. On the other hand, the revised interior is comfortable and has logical controls. Still, wind noise is notable and the engine isn't particularly refined.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Excellent acceleration with the 3.9 liter engine."

TIMOTHY G., IA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"On heavy acceleration, the handling gets a little squirrely, but other than that, the acceleration is very satisfactory and not many automobiles can keep up."

Anonymous, OK (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"For most of the ownership it seem to hesitate and the jump into times. Mentioned it a number of times but was never fixed or problem not solved."

REID M., NS (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"on highway car gets 29 mpg ,better than the 4 i had prior."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Acceleration is not the best. Compared to previous vehicle I owned accelerator requires additional pressure to get the car moving. I have OnStar, which is the only reason I like the navigator system."

ANNETTE S., GA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Plenty of power and excellent gas mileage."

DENNIS R., CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"handles nicely and the 3.5 v6 has plenty of power while still providing decent mpg."

Dan O., MO (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"A transmission solenoid and intake crossover gasket. The brakes wear quickly. Otherwise it's been a good car for almost 200,000 miles."

John U., MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Very good acceleration and handling."

Richard G., PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"3.5 l motor does very well ,and at highway cruise 30 mpg ,good for bigger car,rides like a larger car,not a touring suspension but all good for my needs."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Acceleration and handling are both excellent."

Kaitlin W., CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"very satisfied with both. Its a sedan not a sports car. I am also a retired road driver with over 3 1/2 million mile of US highway ."

Douglas M., MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Car has great pick up in Chicago traffic."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"It too has the power go when you need too"

Mark J., KY (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Acceleration is very good. Handling is on verge of being poor. Feels like it belongs in a smaller vehicle."

David G., FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"It accelerates well and gives a good ride. Easy to handle."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Excellent handling in all types of weather"

Donna L., MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"good ride quiet ride dash hard to read in sunlight tires wear on edges"

RICHARD S., TX (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Seat upholstery is poor quality, seats are very uncomfortable. Brakes pads seem to wear out frequently.. The only key lock is on the driver side door."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"The ONLY real issue with my 8 year old Chevy Impala is that for several years, whenever A/C is first put on, there is a strong smell like dirty socks. However, it goes away within a couple of minutes."

STEPHEN C., NY (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"2 of the Blend Door Actuators in the climate control system went bad within about 6 months of each other. Dealer cost to fix is outrageous (+\- $400 each). Part costs $35 and I did it successfully myself on both. Accessibility was very difficult, especially on the driver side one."

Anonymous, UT (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Great car for long trips. Very comfortable seats and ride, holds a lot of cargo"

MARK E., MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"seats are some nahat stiff"

R A., IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"We have windshield noise"

Gerald A., KS (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Car sits low to the ground and is hard to get in and out."

John A., MD (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"The head gasket on this vehicle has been replaced 3 times by a Accredied dealorship"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Bouncy, giggling ride. Lots of road noise."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Have had many mechanics look at and try to repair the clicking noise behind the radio to no avail"

Donna L., MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Despite being a base model (LS) the drivers seat does have a lumbar adjustment and is comfortable on long trips. Also the car is very quiet with minimal engine noise."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"The head rest positioning is almost worthless."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"This veicle is very spacious and comfortable. It's great for long trips. The noise is not too noticible and the ride is smooth."

Kaitlin W., CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Huge windows, so very good visibility in all directions."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Seats are supportive and comfortable. Inside is rather noisy. Ride is good"

Tom B., WI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"The seats are too hard."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"very satisfied"

Douglas M., MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Has leather bucket seats that are heated, which is nice on cold winter days. It bounces a little on bumps and uneven road surfaces. Probably needs struts but the Chevy dealer wants about $1100 for that job."

Anonymous, MO (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Highway cabin noise makes conversation difficult. Inadequate leg/foot room in the back seat."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"it is just a comfortable car to drive."

Mark J., KY (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"leather interior good quality,little wind noise,rides well at highway and city"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Only the driver's seat has multi-function power controller. The front seat passenger has a manual control; it does NOT have any height adjustment."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"This car gives a solid, semi-comfortable quiet ride for as old as it is."

Richard G., PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"bought 2008 in 2009- 0 problems- great large trunk- 32mpg on road"

HARRY C., MN (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Bought the car used, but was not a CR recommended used car. Over the years, it has been true to CR's recommendation as far as problems go."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"At the time of the deal, I received a generous trade-in offer, employee pricing (even though I am not an employee) and 0% financing."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"It was $2000 more than I should have paid for a car with 11500 miles on it. It was in good condition inside and out for that number and miles. I had to put a muffler on it plus a new battery after four months of ownership."

JOHN F., MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"There are over 200,000 miles on this car and there have been no major issues with this car. It is an excellent value and I would recommend an Impala to anyone!"

ERNEST S., NY (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Very comfy ride and good milage in a full sized car"

WILLIAM M., FL (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Looked at new Impalas in 2009, saw this one on lot with Chevy's Used car warranty. Wife drove it and likes it. New 2009 model was around 26,000, bought the 2008 for 15,000, and it was basically the same as the 2009. 7 years later still driving it, no major problems, and hope to get many more years of use."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"8 years old -- still runs good and looks good. no complaints"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"excelant highway milledge. 32 over many highway miles. leather heated seats very comfortable. handling greatly improved when factory tires were replaced with good grade of firestones"

Douglas M., MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Price for the lease buyout was a bargain."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Bought new in 2008for $18000. The vehicle runs well with no issues."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I like the body style"

ROBERT G., WI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Like the look"

MARK E., MI (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"That style of the Impala was great at the time. Newer model is more attractive."

DENNIS R., CA (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

"Car is sleek and handles perfectly. It is extremely comfortable both on short and longer trips."

Anonymous, DC (2008 Chevrolet Impala)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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