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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 810 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

Best Car I've owned!

By on Friday, February 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,700

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, roomy"

Cons: "My plastic in the car makes noise very irritating"

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

"CoCo"

"I'm young and I thought this car would be way too big but my dad loves Impala's so I bought one. OMG this car is so comfortable and roomy. I've haven't had it that long, so i'm still trying to get a hang of driving a longer vehicle. I would highly recommend this car, maybe not to my age range but to maybe 25 and up. Its more of a mature adult car. I still love "CoCo" she's white ;)"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

"CoCo"

Dependable vehicle, good mileage for large car

By on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,642

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great price"

Cons: "hood curves down which will get stone chips on hw"

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

"For the price good dependable car for around town or on trips. Brakes are excellen. 303HP is plenty for highway driving."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Sunday, February 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable ride"

Cons: "wind noise"

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

"I bought my 2008 Impala new and it has been one of the best vehicles I've ever owned. I haven't had to have any major work done on it in all the time I've owned it, just kept up with the scheduled maintenance and oil changes. I wish GM would build all of their vehicles like this one. I'm glad I bought it!"

very reliable.

By on Thursday, February 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Reliable. Tons of cargo space."

Cons: "bumpy ride, thin seats, interior lighting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Reliability is excellent. Cargo space is also a strong point but the problem I keep having is what good is it if you can't fit large items through the small trunk opening? I would describe the ride as "crashy" but tolerable. For a full size sedan you would really expect it to soak up bumps better, and the very thin padding on the seats doesn't help much either. Power steering is tight but on the heavy side. Not much thought was put into ordinary needs like adequate interior lighting. The dome light is mounted too far back not being of much use to front seat occupants. There are map lights on the rearview mirror that would help with this but they do not come on when the door is opened. Also, there is no light in the glovebox. How in the heck can you design a car with fancy features like satellite radio, Bluetooth, OnStar, remote start, etc. but NOT include a simple handy glovebox light??? Very strange. Large center rear headrest on this model year blocks rear view. I actually had mine removed. I've noticed this was omitted on 2012 model."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

love this car. Roomy,reliable,comfortable,good mpg

By on Sunday, February 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,500

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"i have owned close to 50 cars. this is by far my favorite. it has plenty of power, rides nice, comfortable, and deliver very good mpg. I have owned my impala ltz for about 4 years with no problems. I have never been a big chevy fan in the past, but this car has changed my mind. Nice car would definitely recommend to a friend."

Auto is mechanically sound.

By on Friday, February 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "good mileage / sound mechanically"

Cons: "intereior controls are bad"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Interior comforts are not user friendly. Cupholders are useless. A/C heater controls are hard to adjust. Seats are very uncomfortable due to headrest."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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