While the 2011 Chevrolet Impala may be getting a bit outdated when it comes to some design and powertrain issues, it still remains a solid family sedan choice thanks to its smooth and quiet drive, spacious and comfortable cabin, large trunk, decent standard feature list, top-notch safety ratings and respectable fuel economy for a V6.
True, some may be somewhat put off by the Malibu's aged and perhaps a bit bland styling and its 4-speed automatic transmission (rather than more updated competitors with five or six speeds), but the Malibu still offers an attractive starting price and seating for up to six passengers. That said, it's always a good idea to check out worthy rivals in order to make the most informed final buying decision. Other strong choices in the full-size sedan class would include the Ford Taurus, the newly redesigned Hyundai Sonata, as well as the Toyota Avalon.
Trims, Standard Features And Options:
The 2011 Chevy Impala is available in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ. Standard seating accommodates five passengers, but there is an optional front bench seat offered on the LS and LT models to expand capacity to six.
Standard features on the already fairly decently equipped base Impala LS include power windows, power mirrors, power doorlocks, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a 6-way-power driver seat, keyless entry, cruise control, automatic headlights, a tilt steering wheel, OnStar and a 6-speaker CD stereo system with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.
Moving up to the Impala LT adds remote ignition, dual-zone manual climate control, a different set of 17-inch alloy wheels, steering-wheel audio and Bluetooth controls (optional on the LS), an upgraded trip computer, foglamps and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Also available on the LT is an optional Luxury package that includes leather upholstery, a 6-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated mirrors, a fold-flat rear seat, a rear spoiler and an 8-speaker Bose audio system.
The top-level Impala LTZ then adds a larger V6 engine, a "luxury-tuned" suspension, an 8-way power driver seat, 18-inch alloy wheels and the LT's Luxury package. In addition, a sunroof is an available option on both the LT and LTZ.
Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:
Powering the Chevy Impala LS and LT is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 211 horsepower and 216 pound-feet of torque. Under the hood of the LTZ is a 3.9-liter V6 that pumps out 224 horsepower and 235 pound-feet. Both are overhead valve engines paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission and all models are front-wheel drive.
The EPA-estimated gas mileage for the 2011 Impala with the 3.5 liter engine comes in at 19 mpg city and 29 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy for the 3.9-liter V6 stands at 17 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
Standard safety features for all 2011 Chevrolet Impalas include stability and traction control, antilock brakes (ABS), front side airbags, side curtain airbags and OnStar telematics.
The Impala also excelled in government crash tests, receiving the highest possible score of five stars in all frontal-impact and side-impact occupant protection categories.
While the 2011's cabin is attractive enough overall, some may find it somewhat uninspired. That said, it's quiet and quite roomy with user-friendly features and seats that are comfortable and supportive. And fairly rare for sedans today is seating for up to six adults via the optional 40/20/40-split front bench (available on LS and LT models).
Also very useful is its large trunk with a cargo capacity of a generous 18 cubic feet. Longer items can also be conveniently stored thanks to its fold-flat rear seatbacks and large trunk pass-through (optional the LS and LT, standard on the LTZ).
The 2011 Impala provides an impressively smooth, comfortable and quiet ride. This is a strong selling point for those who value this type of driving experience. However, the suspension tuning which provides this comes at the sacrifice of some handling abilities. The Impala's V6 engines get the job done and while most drivers will be satisfied with their power, overall performance has started to lag competitors with newer and more robust V6s as well as 6-speed transmissions. Overall, the 2011 Impala provides a pleasant and comfortable ride.
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