2009 Chevrolet Impala vs. Its Competition

2009 Chevrolet Impala 3.5L LT
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 same goes for the Azera and Amanti, which have a lot of features for the money.

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.

2009 Chevrolet Impala 3.5L LT2009 Chevrolet Impala
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2008 Ford Taurus 4-door Sedan SEL FWD Open Doors2008 Ford Taurus
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2008 Hyundai Azera GLS2008 Hyundai Azera
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2008 Kia Amanti 4-door Sedan Open Doors2008 Kia Amanti
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2008 Toyota Avalon Limited2008 Toyota Avalon
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Quick Specs
If you’re in the market for a comfortable sedan with lots of space at a reasonable price, the 2009 Chevrolet Impala is a practical but not exciting choice.
The 2008 Dodge Charger sedan has plenty of practicality and character--and thirst, with the big HEMI engines.
A great choice for older drivers, the 2008 Ford Taurus excels on its size, safety gear, and large instrumentation, but falls behind the Honda Accord in driving excitement.
The 2008 Hyundai Azera gives the Korean automaker a legitimate full-size sedan, with plenty of power, features, and room, but not much excitement.
If you don't mind driving a big car with derivative looks, the 2008 Kia Amanti is a great choice.
The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
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Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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