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XM satellite radio is standard on all Impalas
Car and Driver
audio and climate controls are intuitive and feel good
didn't expect to find an MP3 input jack in the Impala
Kelley Blue Book
The set of standard features in the 2008 Chevrolet Impala seems adequate, but don’t look long for high-tech gadgets—they’re not on any options list.
Four Impala trim levels are offered: LS, LT, LTZ, and SS. The base car has power features, air conditioning, tilt steering, a power driver seat, a CD player with an MP3-player input, and keyless entry, Edmunds reports. LT versions get remote start and dual-zone climate control, while the LTZ adds a tauter suspension, leather bucket seats, and a Bose audio system. The SS edition pick up a spoiler and special 18-inch wheels.
Kelley Blue Book reports "clever features, such as the auxiliary audio input jack, go a long way toward satisfying the kids on long trips." For those Impala Chevrolet passengers wishing to work on a laptop during extended road trips, Car and Driver reports that one will find "three power points" in the Impala Chevrolet cabin; "two are tucked out of sight at the base of the center stack in the bottom of a deep storage tray, and a third is in the center console, so you can power the cell-phone charger, the radar detector, and the iPod."
Options include anti-lock brakes for the base car, satellite radio, leather seats, a CD changer, and a sunroof. "A new luxury package on 1LT trims combines popular options into one package," according to Cars.com; these include "leather-trimmed interior, antilock brakes, traction control, a rear spoiler and GM's OnStar communication system with Turn-By-Turn navigation." A DVD- or hard-drive-based navigation system is unavailable, as is Bluetooth connectivity, a panoramic sunroof, all-wheel drive, or some other features found in the class leaders.
The 2008 Chevrolet Impala is missing some of the latest features that draw buyers to cars like the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.