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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.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Driver-only side air bag available until 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2010.
Road Test

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.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (211 hp)
  • 3.9-liter V6 (233 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (303 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Chevrolet Impala owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

“cruise control sometimes won't work”

James P., WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Malfunction -”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)

“They are always burning out”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“Both seats quick working and it was to expenses to fix”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Heat shuts off and this is 2nd time and still not fixed. Midwest winters are why we purchased heated seats so not very happy”

David S., IL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Passenger seat wouldn't heat. The problem was in the sensor that tells if a person is sitting there”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“seat bottom heater burnt out (shorted) melted padding”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“power seat adjuster failed”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“door locks did not work on all the doors from the remote control”

Jack Y., WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Both rear back door locks failed”

Anonymous, NE (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)

“Door locks failed wanet. Two hundred dollars for each luck to repair”

Henry B., MD (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“my mechanic of 30 years does has not been able to shut this off”

Gerard H., NH (2009 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

“air bag light”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Unsure)

“had three incidents where DIC told me something was wrong - check engine light for emissions sensor, service stabilitrack warning and reduced engine power - replaced sensor and low oil pressure stop engine but dealer couldnt find error code”

Anonymous, CT (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Remote engine starter

“Fails to work. Not in fob associated with door lock failure”

Henry B., MD (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“The ABS and Traction Control lights came on”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

“The master cylinder was leaking and need to replaced”

Eugene D., FL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Also had to replace both front wheel bearings”

Ernest H., MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Calipers were damaged as wife didn't let me know about noise brakes were making. Brake pads were a normal wear item”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Brake has completely given up. It needs attention”

James B., WA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Brakes and rotors overheating. Replaced rotors because of warping and pads because of wear. Second time for both with 40,000 miles. I do not left -foot the brake or dive and brake fast”

Steven M., CT (2009 Chevrolet Impala)

“Brake pads wore our early and this was the second set I have replaced”

John A., NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Rear brakes wore out with the fronts still having 80% of the orginal pads left. Most car that should be opsite with the front need replaceing first”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

“Suppose to be a gizmo that makes a squeal when brake pads are low, the metal squealer rotted off and the pad holder ate into the rotors. Very expensive thanks to cheap Chinese tin can metal that rotted off”

William K., NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes and rotors wore our prematurely and this is the second set I have replaced”

John A., NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“wear”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

“Grinding when stopping. Service said corrosion caused problem and replaced disc and pads both sides. Passenger side rear”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT Unsure)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering pumps and hoses

“power steering pump failed twice in 2015”

Gerard H., NH (2009 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“replace power steering pump”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Master cylinder was leaking. Power stering pump was making screeching sounds and had to be replaced along with Master cylinder”

Eugene D., FL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Replaced both sides at a cost of about $1,000”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“replaced all 4 tierods”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“The steering linkage broke and car was undriveable. Had to have the entire linkage replaced”

Sandy B., TN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Tie rods were cracked and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NE (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“all 4 wheel bearings needed to be replace before 50000 mi”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“I had to replace the RR hub”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“Minor leak from the steering system”

Anonymous, IN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“I have to add power steering fluid about every other day. I have took it in to have fixed at least 3 times and it is okay for about 3 months and then starts leaking again”

Vicky M., MO (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT Unsure)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“air pump valve replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“check engine light would come on and turn off for various reasons. the most recent was a major malfunction of two parts of the system that I had to have repaired not under warranty. Previous times was covered”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Intermitted loss of pressure in system. Unable to pin down cause”

James F., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Emissions control solenoid had to be replaced”

Lou K., NY (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Check engine light kept coming on. Replaced fuel cap but the problem kept coming back. Some solenoid had to be replaced”

Ron P., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace the emissions vent solenoid that is located up and behind the left rear wheel. This is the second time in the pass years it had to be replace”

H K., PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“Above fuel tank the air vent gets plugged with dust from gravel road has to do with the emision parts. Has been fied at about 30000 miles needs it again think it was around $500.00 to fix first time have not re fixed”

Lyle W., IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

“Ck engine light started coming on intermittently so l took it to the dealership where I bought it. $478 later the light was due to a faulty emission sensor”

Michele S., TX (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

“Gauge =1/8 tank, 68 miles remaining, car ran out of gas. Sender in tank was replaced under warranty. But 3 months later, exactly as before. Dealer: "instrument panel defective, but not covered as part of original problem".6 yr warranty ran out!”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“Cleaned throttle body and problem went away”

Richard J., OH (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Vehicle asserted a long term fuel trim code. Chemically cleaning the injection system resolved the issue”

Robert K., AB (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“Had to have both fans replaced, which we located behind the dash. Thus high labor cost and cost of 2 new fans”

Anonymous, AR (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“out of four actuators three have failed”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Had clicking noises even when the car was off, found out it was the bower fan, three months later the sound came back and was told another blower motor had gone bad”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)
Electrical failure

“blower motor module failure located under dash on passenger side---- this would not let blower kick on!”

David Y., IN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Heated seat on the passenger side didn't work. they repaired it at no cost as it was under warranty”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)
Heater system

“Heater doorr motors under dash had to be replaced”

Don K., CO (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“One side of car produces heat and the other in in air conditoner mode. Not much fun in the winter. Too expensive to fix. South is not cold enough, long enough to spend $800! When in A/C mode all works correctly. Love Summer”

Anonymous, AL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“PCM FAILED, CAUSED STABILITY LOCKUP”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

“shifter would not move out of park. Had Problem 2x”

Joseph W., TN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

“ACCELERATOR PEDAL SENSOR FAILED CAUSING ENGINE TO OPERATE IN REDUCED POWER MODE. WAS REPAIRED UNDER SPECIAL WARRANTY PROGRAM”

Anonymous, NB (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“The Wiring wore out and needed replacing every so many KM's the Traction control would kick in while turning corners, or driving through a puddle. this all happened after 3rd year of ownership. It was horrible when passing big trucks in slush conditions. I had to shut off traction control”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Throttle control (pedal) sensor went out. Covered under warranty”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

“Two transmission lines leaked and were replaced at 64,000 miles. Was told unusual for these to fail before 100,000”

Michael K., MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Rough shifting

“There would be a clunking sound when shifting from reverse to drive”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“When shifting from park to reverse or from reverse to drive there would be a clunking and sometimes it would not "catch" into gear”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“When taking off the trans. or torque converter slips, then slams into gear with a big thump”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission just went out and had to be replaced. Warranty covered all but the transmission”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“bumper paint chipped off”

Ellie V., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)

“A small area of peeling paint at the bottom of the front passenger door”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Rust at trunk and spoiler and around trim. Paint chips”

Rick D., WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“bottom edge of each door is beginning to bubble as well as a 1.5 inch spot at the top edge of the windshield”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“rust is forming on the gas tank entrance and around the trunk area. makes me wonder if the vehicle has been exposed to drowning at one time”

Ellie V., MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seat controls

“Cross over pipe leaking”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

“Electric locks work periodically and in not in any set pattern. JT”

John T., OH (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

“Passenger side back door lock does not always respond to door lock commands”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“When lock button on key fob is pressed, only passenger locks lock. Driver's door does not lock. Intermittent clocking sounds present from engine near glove box even when car is not running”

Gina L., MS (2009 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Lock actuator not working”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Drive on gravel road car gets full of dust. Chev dealer wants around $1000 dollars to maybe fix it , repair door and trunk seals”

Lyle W., IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

“The accelerator pedal has had a rubbery-sounding squeak for years; the service department couldn't fix it.Now there's a rubbery-sounding squeak in the steering column. The dealership said it would cost hundreds of dollars to fix it. I declined”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Unsure)
Wind noise

“air leak on passenger side front window”

Jack Y., WI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“air whistles around windows”

Anonymous, WV (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Oil leaks in garabe”

Patty C., IL (2009 Chevrolet Impala Unsure Unsure)

“Fron main seal has leaked from new. GM said the amount is exceptional”

Anonymous, IN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“An oil seal on the engine timing cover had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

“does not change by changes in the light quickly we have had 2 celebrities and 2 impalas electronics are always a problem”

John T., OH (2009 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Par's only until you turn the car off, then you have to Par again. It is useless unless you are traveling on the expressway for long periods of time”

Anonymous, MI (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“CD player falsely indicates disk in drive; won't accept a disk”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The transmission slipped. The drive train was out of warranty but GM covered 75% of the repair cost. Total cost was $2800”

D L., WA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Automatic transmissions four final drive gears broke up causing collateral damage to other transmission parts. There was extensive wear to the side gear shaft in the differential section. Per my examination the shaft exhibits excessive wear most likely due a metallurgical issue”

H K., PA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“Head gasket leak out of warranty. Cost $2,000”

Don B., IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

“Head gasket cracked”

Pat C., OH (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

“Muffler replacement”

Mary R., ON (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

“Needed replacing”

Mary R., ON (2009 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Original battery lasted 6 years. That's acceptable”

Don B., IA (2009 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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