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2011 Chevrolet Impala

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2011 Chevrolet Impala Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors


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 It 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.


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