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Sporty SS aside, the 2008 Chevrolet Impala is a practical—but not exciting—choice if you’re on a tight budget and need a sedan with a lot of space. Read more »
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To pull together this exhaustive review of the Chevrolet Impala, the car experts at looked to many different review sources to bring you the best information.'s editors have also driven the Impala and incorporate their impressions of the sedan.


  • Roomy interior, with plenty of backseat and trunk space
  • SS’s V-8 gives the Impala impressive performance
  • Very comfortable ride


  • Tepid, ubiquitous styling inside and out
  • Unsupportive seat design for long trips
  • V-6 engines can sound coarse

The Impala is Chevrolet's large, front-wheel-drive sedan, redesigned for 2006. The 2008 Chevrolet Impala gets a new 1LT Luxury Edition, and flex-fuel capability has been added for the optional 3.9-liter V-6. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 in base models already offered the fuel feature. SS models continue to come with a 5.3-liter V-8 producing 303 horsepower. All engines are mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

The 2008 Chevrolet Impala blends in rather than stands out with its ubiquitous exterior styling, but there's a large and accommodating passenger cabin, with a flip-and-fold rear seat in which the cushions flip forward to reveal a covered storage area. They can also fold flat to maximize cargo volume via a large pass-through opening to the trunk. Front seats are soft and cushy, though not as supportive as they should be for long trips. The instrument panel and interior trim feels plain and a bit behind the curve in styling and materials, but it's cleanly designed and does the job.

The Impala's ride definitely skews toward comfort, but the tighter tuning of the SS model's FE3 suspension--and the FE1 suspension that's included with the 3.9-liter engine--brings crisp handling without much of a ride sacrifice. And in both 2008 Chevrolet Impala V-6 models especially, the interior is quite hushed and well isolated from road noise.

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