Among the competitors to the Chevy Impala, the Dodge Charger is the sportiest and most attention getting, but its backseat is smaller, and with rear-wheel drive, it's arguably not as practical.
The Charger R/T has a better-rounded performance-driving experience than the Impala SS, though.
The Ford Taurus is the safety champion, with enviable crash-test results and Volvo-engineered platform, but like the V-6 Impala, it's not especially distinctive or fun to drive.
Next to the rest of the models, the Impala doesn't particularly stand out for safety.
The Avalon offers the most features in the class and especially rich, impressive materials inside.
Everything considered, the competition to the 2009 Chevrolet Impala follows a wide range of styles, but they're all well-equipped models with spacious interiors.
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|2009 Chevrolet ImpalaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge ChargerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford TaurusBrowse Used Listings||2008 Hyundai AzeraBrowse Used Listings||2008 Kia AmantiBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota AvalonBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan LS||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan SEL FWD||4-Door Sedan GLS||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan XL (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan LS||4dr Sdn||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4dr Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||NA||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|