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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
airbags ... tire-pressure monitoring ... standard across the lineup
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enhanced antilock brakes and traction control
Five stars, front and side impact; four stars, rollover rating
“Acceptable,” frontal offset impact; “good,” side impact
The 2009 Chevrolet Impala receives strong, if not stellar, marks for safety.
Anti-lock brakes are newly standard on the mid-size Impala, as are thorax side-impact airbags. Dual front and side-impact airbags and OnStar emergency monitoring services also remain among the standard features. Every one of these Chevrolet 2009 vehicles includes child-safety seat attachments for the backseats.
The crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration resulted in the Impala Chevrolet getting five stars for front-occupant safety in head-on and side impacts for models equipped with side airbags. Rear seat occupants fared slightly worse in this respect; NHTSA awarded the Impala Chevrolet four out of five stars here.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was less impressed with this Chevrolet 2009 model. In frontal offset crash testing, the Impala was given an "acceptable" rating, while side impact ratings were "good."
Safety isn’t good reason to choose the Impala over another mid-size sedan.