The 2011 Chevrolet Impala
is a large sedan with plenty of room indoors and a comfortable, old-shoe style. With a choice of a 3.5-liter or 3.9-liter V-6 engine, paired to a four-speed automatic transmission, the Chevy Impala is front-wheel drive.
The Chevy Impala has a familiar, comfortable ride and handling that is adequate for its design age. The Impala's safety systems are better than adequate, but its fuel economy rating is a surprising 19 mpg city / 29 mpg highway.
New for 2011
For 2011, the Chevy Impala's 3.5-liter V-6 engine is flex-fuel capable. The Luxury Package added leather heated front six-way power buckets, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, Bose eight-speaker audio, one year XM subscription, auto-dimming rearview mirror, universal home remote and heated power side mirrors.
Engines: 3.5L V-6, 3.9L V-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: LS Sedan, LT Sedan, LTZ Sedan
On the Outside
With no major changes for 2011, the Chevy Impalas retains its familiar look. While body color side moldings are standard on all trims, except on the police and taxicab packages, the Luxury Package includes a standard rear spoiler.
From the Inside
Dual-zone climate control, providing a variance of up to 12 degrees, is standard on the Impala LT and LTZ. Single-zone climate control is standard on LS, while the LTZ comes with leather interior standard, and the LS and LT have cloth seats.
The Chevy Impala's ride, handling, and performance are adequate for the Impala's target audience, which are those who are concerned with interior comfort. Considering the 3.5-liter engine is rated 211 horsepower and the 3.9-liter is rated 224 horsepower, about equal to today's best four-cylinder turbo engines, the fuel mileage is impressive.
Standard in the Chevy Impala's safety suite are six airbags, including side curtains. Also standard are StabiliTrak, four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, front belt pretensioners, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), and tire pressure monitoring.
1LS, 1FL, 1LT, 2FL (3.5L): 18 mpg city/29 mpg highway
1LTZ (3.9L): 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway
- Roomy interior space
- Fuel economy
- Old-time comfort
- Lack of technology
- Four-speed automatic
- Being unfashionable
An oldie but goodie continues to hum
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