2008 Chevrolet Impala

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20-23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    211-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance of SS
  • Interior space
  • Adept transmission
  • Gas mileage

The Bad

  • Noticeable wind noise at highway speeds
  • Large blind spot
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope

Notable Features of the 2008 Chevrolet Impala

  • Choice of three engines
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active fuel management
  • 5.3-liter V-8 in Impala SS
  • Flex-fuel versions available
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Flip-and-fold rear seat

2008 Chevrolet Impala Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
For 2008, Chevrolet offers an electronic stability system for the first time on the Impala. General Motors' StabiliTrak system is standard on higher-level LT, LTZ and SS models. Impalas compete against the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon. The Impala nameplate dates back to 1958, when it was the top-end member of Chevrolet's full-size car lineup.

Engines include a 3.5-liter V-6, a larger 3.9-liter V-6 and a 5.3-liter V-8. For 2008, both V-6s can be ordered with ethanol-based E85 compatibility, and those with the larger V-6 have a cylinder deactivation system for improved fuel economy. A new luxury package is available for 2008 that combines popular options into one package.

Four trim levels are available: LS, LT, LTZ and SS. The LT trim level has 1LT and 2LT packages that offer different levels of standard equipment. Inside, innovative flip-and-fold rear seat cushions reveal a covered storage area and include grocery bag hooks. The rear seatback folds down to create a pass-thru into the trunk. Interiors also display improved seat-upholstery stitching, low-gloss instrument-panel components and jewel-like dashboard details.

Impalas ride on 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels. Side curtain airbags are standard. Most models benefit from enhanced antilock brakes and traction control.


Exterior
Large headlights contain three independent lighting units, and Impalas have grab-style door handles.

SS sedans exhibit a distinct front-end look, led by a dual-split gr...
Vehicle Overview
For 2008, Chevrolet offers an electronic stability system for the first time on the Impala. General Motors' StabiliTrak system is standard on higher-level LT, LTZ and SS models. Impalas compete against the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon. The Impala nameplate dates back to 1958, when it was the top-end member of Chevrolet's full-size car lineup.

Engines include a 3.5-liter V-6, a larger 3.9-liter V-6 and a 5.3-liter V-8. For 2008, both V-6s can be ordered with ethanol-based E85 compatibility, and those with the larger V-6 have a cylinder deactivation system for improved fuel economy. A new luxury package is available for 2008 that combines popular options into one package.

Four trim levels are available: LS, LT, LTZ and SS. The LT trim level has 1LT and 2LT packages that offer different levels of standard equipment. Inside, innovative flip-and-fold rear seat cushions reveal a covered storage area and include grocery bag hooks. The rear seatback folds down to create a pass-thru into the trunk. Interiors also display improved seat-upholstery stitching, low-gloss instrument-panel components and jewel-like dashboard details.

Impalas ride on 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels. Side curtain airbags are standard. Most models benefit from enhanced antilock brakes and traction control.


Exterior
Large headlights contain three independent lighting units, and Impalas have grab-style door handles.

SS sedans exhibit a distinct front-end look, led by a dual-split grille that contains a black-diamond crosshatch pattern. Corvette-inspired bright exhaust outlets are installed on SS models. A rear spoiler is standard on the LTZ and SS and optional on the LT.

The base Impala has a softer suspension that's fully independent and rides on 16-inch wheels. Midlevel Impalas receive 17-inch wheels, while the Impala SS gets a sportier suspension with 18-inch wheels. Built on a 110.5-inch wheelbase, the Impala is 200.4 inches long overall and 72.9 inches wide.


Interior
Depending on the choice of front seats, the Impala holds either five or six occupants. Nuance sandstone leather seating with French seams on the center cushions is available. The seats have firmer cushions and increased lumbar support.

The instrument panel wraps into the door panels; its double-hump design is reminiscent of early Corvettes. All Impalas except the SS offer a choice of trim: either a wood-trimmed look or a sportier brushed sterling appearance. The Impala SS has a patterned trim panel. Trunk space totals 18.6 cubic feet.

General Motors' OnStar communication system is standard, and an available Directions and Connections service gives audio turn-by-turn directions from an OnStar operator. Manual dual-zone climate control and a remote starter that can warm or cool the car prior to entry are available. Cruise control buttons are mounted on the steering wheel, and auxiliary radio controls are optional, as are heated seats, leather upholstery and power front seats.

A new luxury package on 1LT trims combines popular options into one package, including leather-trimmed interior, antilock brakes, traction control, a rear spoiler and GM's OnStar communication system with Turn-By-Turn navigation.

Impalas can be equipped with one of three audio systems. A standard six-speaker CD stereo includes an auxiliary jack for iPods or other MP3 players. A midlevel system can play MP3-formatted CDs, while a top-end Bose system includes eight speakers and a six-CD changer.


Under the Hood
The Impala's 3.5-liter V-6 produces 211 horsepower and 214 pounds-feet of torque. It can now be configured to run on regular gasoline or ethanol-based E85. Uplevel Impalas get a 3.9-liter V-6, rated at 233 hp and 240 pounds-feet of torque. New for 2008, that engine can also now run on E85. That engine receives GM's Active Fuel Management system — formerly called Displacement on Demand — which shuts down half the cylinders under light-load situations, such as highway cruising. Chevrolet says that with the V-6, Active Fuel Management increases gas mileage by as much as 8 percent.

In SS models, a 5.3-liter V-8 generates 303 hp and 323 pounds-feet of torque and includes Active Fuel Management. All three engines work with a four-speed automatic transmission.


Safety
Side curtain airbags and seat belt pretensioners for the front seats are standard. All-disc antilock brakes are standard on the LT, LTZ and SS. Traction control is available. Latch child-safety seat attachments go on all second-row seating positions. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models.


Latest 2008 Impala Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car!

by Elis on August 18, 2018

Met my basic needs! Owned three different impalas. Loved them all, very realisble. Sedan but roomier than many others.... I would definately recommend as a starter car! Read full review

(5.0)

Chevy Impala works well as a first car for a teen

by A-O Mom of Four from Argenta, Illinois on July 31, 2018

On the used market this vehicle is very budget-friendly. The Impala has a nice design on the outside and fits the need for a basic sedan. The inside of the car is comfortable and includes all the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Chevrolet Impala currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Chevrolet Impala LS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
acceptable
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Impala received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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