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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.
Favorite Features

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
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 707 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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

Luxury features in a family car

By on Sunday, April 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Luxury for a value price"

Cons: "Needed new water pump and starter early"

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

"At 50000 miles it needed a new water pump, starter, steering linkage, and air duct actuators fixed on both sides; otherwise, great reliable car, with luxury features."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

reliable,large and comfortable.

By on Friday, April 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"reliable large and comfortable,3.5 v6 sure beats the four banger in the new and overpriced 2014 Impala . I will never trade"

Good value at first, but expect repairs

By on Thursday, April 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,300

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Price, looks, feel"

Cons: "Repairs moderately costly and needed too often"

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

"Fairly happy with the car other than it's needed more repair work done than should be necessary. First, had some head gasket issue. Google searching revealed this is a common problem for Impalas. Once it happened under warranty once it happened outside of warranty. Second, every few years need to flush the heating core otherwise there is no heat when the car is stopped. This is a pain in the butt in Iowa winters. Apparently the heating core is in the lowest part of the block/engine/whatever and collects dirt too easily. At 77,000 miles (on average) a wire that connects the gear shifter to the ignition breaks and you either can't get the keys out of the ignition or you can't move the gear shifter (depending which wire breaks/disconnects). This is a minor design flaw, every time you move the gear shifter these wires move and eventually they break. I've had some other issues but can't remember them off the top of my head. Multiple service shops have told me the Impalas typically use cheap parts and therefore they break easily (for example the head gasket issue)."

good reliable vehicle, looks good, rides smooth

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "priced right, smooth drive, reliable, looks good"

Cons: "seats are hard, but getting broke in finally, OK"

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

"had to replace trans seal leaking, under warranty, and it has been a great vehicle since. no problems ever, trans didn't even slip, although it was low on fluid. just put two tires and a battery on it. that's all it ever needed. could be a little more comfy, nice leather, but kinda hard. faux wood grain dash looks good. great bose stereo."

Great car for the price

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "economy"

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

"This is our 3rd Impala and all have been excellent vehicles. Would recommend these to anyone interested in a full size car with great gas mileage."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

THIS IS THE BEST CAR I EVER OWNED.

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,680

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "I JUST TO LOVE TO GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THIS SS"

Cons: "NOTHING NEGATIVE"

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

"I WILL HAVE A HARD TIME TRADING THIS PERFORMING BEAUTIFUL VEHICHLE. NONE OF THE NEW CHEVYS FOR 2014 COME UP TO THIS SS. FRONT WHEEL DRIVE AND A V8/4 IS THE BEST COMBINATION FOR TRACTION AND DECENT GAS MILEAGE. THIS CAR IS GARAGE KEPT AND STILL LOOKS LIKE NEW. I HAVE OWNED LUXURY AUTO LIKE CHRYSLER LHS AND 300M BUT THE IMPALA SS EXCELLS."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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