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2011 Chevrolet Impala

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2011 Chevrolet Impala Review

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The closest thing Chevrolet has to a traditional full-size sedan is the aging, but still capable, Impala. Although its looks have held up, the Impala really struggles when compared to such heavyweights as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Taurus, as well as the new Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. Despite not having the strong resale figures of its Japanese and domestic rivals, the Impala does have number of redeeming qualities. The Impala features a large back seat and trunk, is equipped with GM's OnStar telematics system and is very competitively priced. Still, it's fair to say the Impala has its work cut out for it. With newer and better equipped vehicles, such as the Ford Taurus and Dodge Charger, ready to steal away domestic customers, dealers may be willing to deal to help keep the Impala moving.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in search of a big, roomy sedan that won't break the bank, the 2011 Chevrolet Impala will thoroughly meet your needs and probably exceed your expectations. The wide range of available OnStar packages gives the Impala a leg up over similarly priced competitors.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking to move up in size from something like an Altima or Camry, you may find it difficult to give up the world-class refinement of the Toyota and Nissan brands. Also, the Impala's aging design may be a turn off for buyers seeking cutting edge engineering and technology.

What's New for 2011

Changes for 2011 include an E85-compatible 3.5-liter V6, standard Bluetooth on 1LT trims and a six-month free OnStar Directions and Connections subscription. All Impala trims now feature color-keyed body side molding as part of their standard equipment.

Driving the Impala

Driving Impressions We sampled both of the 2011 Impala's available engine choices and came away satisfied by each of them on different levels. The 3.9-liter V6 proved plenty powerful but most will...

find the base 3.5-liter V6 is perfectly sufficient. Out on the highway the Impala's ride is smooth and stable, with none of the pitching and dipping typical of older big American sedans. The top-level Impala LTZ offers a more solid feel and better handling, thanks to its FE3 "Luxury Tuning" suspension and 18-inch wheel and tire package. With supportive seats front and rear, the Impala remains comfortable after several hours and hundreds of miles. Engine and road noise have been minimized considerably, which may explain why wind noise seemed so noticeable.

Bose Audio
A feature usually not found in basic family sedans, the eight-speaker Bose audio system, available on the LT and standard on the LTZ, is a definite must for music lovers.

Fold-Flat Split Rear Seat
Flip up the seat bottoms, fold down the seat backs, and the Impala's already massive trunk becomes a virtual cargo bed more than six feet long.

2011 Chevrolet Impala Details
Interior

The 2011 Chevrolet Impala's passenger cabin features clean lines on the instrument panel and upholstery that combine with attractive knobs and buttons to create a pleasingly neutral environment. Clever features, such as the auxiliary audio input jack, go a long way toward satisfying the kids on long trips. A check of the available equipment list reveals a choice of bucket seats or a split-bench arrangement for the front passengers, with the latter increasing seating capacity to space for six adults. In conjunction with a massive trunk, the Impala offers a flip-and-fold-flat rear seat that not only increases cargo capacity but also features a small storage tub beneath.

Exterior

Two well-defined grille openings flanked by a pair of rearward-swept headlamps help give the Chevrolet Impala a sleek, contemporary appearance. At the rear, triangular jewel-like tail lamps are a bit generic and bear no resemblance to the traditional round lamps that were the hallmark of the Impala for decades. The trunk lid opens straight up to allow for easy loading and the low lift-over height aids when loading heavy or large items.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2011 Chevrolet Impala LS comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6, four-speed automatic transmission, power windows/locks/mirrors, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, XM Satellite Radio, remote keyless entry, front airbags, side curtain airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control speed control, power driver's seat, cloth interior, tilt steering wheel, remote trunk release, 16-inch covered steel wheels, tire-pressure monitor and OnStar.

Optional Equipment

Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 3.9-liter V6, leather seating, power sunroof, dual-zone air conditioning, eight-way heated power driver's and heated power passenger's seats, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, single- or six-disc CD player with MP3 compatibility, Bose premium sound, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, OnStar Directions and Connections with Turn-by-Turn Navigation, universal home remote, Bluetooth, auto-dimming inside and outside rear-view mirrors, heated outside mirrors, metallic-look trim, factory-installed remote vehicle start, engine block heater, fog lamps, rear spoiler and aluminum wheels up to 18 inches in diameter.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Chevrolet Impala's offers a choice between two V6 engines: A 3.5-liter and 3.9-liter V6. Both engines are capable of running on E85 (a gas/ethanol mixture) and offer respectable power and fuel economy. However, there is a noticeable decrease in fuel economy when using the gasoline and ethanol mixture.}

3.5-liter V6
211 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
216 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/22 (E85), 19/29 (gasoline)

3.9-liter V6
230 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 (E85) 17/27 (gasoline)

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2011 Chevrolet Impala Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 798 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Comfortable, roomy, full size car

By on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Affordable, roomy, comfortable to drive."

Cons: "Cabin is noisey"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My 2013 Chevrolet Impala was one of the lower priced full size cars available when I bought. The exterior does not appear as large as some other full size cars but the interior is spacious with plenty of room for the driver and front passenger. The dashboard instrumentation is simple. The rear seat space seems average. The V6 engine and 6 speed automatic transmission delivers more than enough power and I average 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The car is comfortable to drive with a soft suspension and steering meant more for straight highway driving than cornering or sport driving. One negative is the cabin is noisy and could use more insulation from outside sounds."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Sized right 20-28 mpg

By on Monday, January 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dependable, comfortable"

Cons: "depreciation"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I leased a 2007 Impala LT and it was flawless for 3 years.My 2011 only needed a front crankshaft seal which the dealer replaced under warranty.The only problem is that they drop in value big time in the first year.After owning this one for 4 years which after owning more then 50 cars and trucks I would say it has been a good car.I will trade when I get a good offer. So far no good offer.If Pontiac was still around I would not have bought this."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Would not hesitate to recommend

By on Thursday, January 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Peppy, reliable, smooth vehicle"

Cons: "Needed updating, which GM did already"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It's a wonderful car! Smooth to drive, quite quick too. Gets ~32 mph cruising down the highway and a respectable 25 in city driving. Plenty of room for four adults and a large dog! The trunk is huge and has a wide opening, so boxes and bins aren't even an issue. Nice suspension, which is a plus on Michigan's deplorably pot-hole riddled roads. Love it! If I wasn't under contract to buy a car every three years, I wouldn't hesitate to keep this car for many more years."

Paint Inferior and expensive Muffler

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Had much enjoyment out of this car '"

Cons: "paint bad"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Loved the car but with 41,000 original miles on it has several problems. Muffler went which is ok for 8 yr. old car but $2,000.00 to replace the muffler!! Many electrical problems; had to disconnect horn, door locks don't work and now tire pressure gauges gone and engine light on. Had car serviced regularly. Exterior paint job bad. Several recalls."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Good Family or Business Car

By on Friday, January 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Cheap to Buy, average reliability, good handling"

Cons: "Bad resale value, boring looks, cheap interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I have owned this car for 7 years no and put many miles on it. Have the LT 3.9 with leather. The car has withstood the harsh winters of Northern PA and NY, which is where most of my driving occurs. The Leather seats are a must and hold up much better than the fabric, plus heated seats are pretty nice. Handling is good and transmission is smooth, especially for an ancient 4-speed. The rear folding seats are great and I have actually used this car to sleep in on particularly rainy camping trips where I can lay flat from the trunk into the back seat. Gas mileage is only 19-21 city but have averaged a really good 28-31 highway. Issues with this car have been with its emissions sensors and tailpipes. I have replaced each of these items three times now. Brakes and rotors will also wear fast. Winter tires are a must and found that nitrogen in the tires are the best for it keeping tire pressure even in hot and cold weather. Its just like any other car. If you take care of it, it will last. Also have the 2013 Chevy Impala. All the same other than a much more powerful and refined V6 3.6."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Typical yet honorable

By on Monday, December 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "cost efficient, fun to drive, easy to fix"

Cons: "poor gas mileage, blind spots, not a winter driver"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"My husband and I bought this car about a year and a half ago from a buy here pay here used car lot. Like most used vehicles, you don't know the history of the car so it's a hit or miss. This car honestly hasn't given us many problems. Right now we have a vacuum leak we're trying to track down and we had to replace the car lot's battery which is pretty typical I suppose since they just rotate them. Other than the vacuum leak though the car has been pretty reliable and she's been good to us, as long as we've been good to her. Keeping up with maintenance is a big deal with the impala. It's like she has phantom symptoms when she needs something as simple as spark plugs. So if you're buying this car make sure all of the routine maintenance is good to go and kept up. When we bought this car it had 123k miles on it. It now has 155k on it and runs like a champ, for the most part. The main thing I don't like about the impala is the gas mileage. It gets just typical gas mileage. This car though is the perfect family car. Lots of interior space for car seats, lots of trunk space. Easy to work on under the hood. And when taken care of properly has a sporty side to her nature, sticks to the ground when you punch it and just flies. So she's got power where she needs it. All in all, with the Impala I would say that if you take care of this car, this car will take care of you. She's a firm believer in karma. And she has a few above-average blind spots but that's a usual result with a larger vehicle. I am from the northern states and I must say, winter driving isn't the best. However, we only had one slide off and I think that was due to us needing new tires. So if you know how to drive in snow and ice you should be alright. If the gas mileage wasn't so typical I'd buy a new one."

14 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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