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2011 Chevrolet Impala

$3,655 — $12,119 USED
Sedan
5-6 Seats
22-24 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Adept transmission
  • Gas mileage

The Bad

  • Noticeable wind noise at highway speeds
  • Large blind spot
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
2011 Chevrolet Impala exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • Choice of V-6 engines
  • both flex-fuel capable
  • Available electronic stability system
  • Active fuel management
  • Standard side curtain and side-impact airbags
  • Available Bluetooth phone connectivity

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Impala is Chevrolet's flagship full-size sedan. Three trim levels are available: LS, LT and LTZ. Impalas compete with the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon.

New for 2011
The standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine now has standard flex-fuel capability, allowing it to burn gasoline or an ethanol blend of up to 85 percent (E85).

Exterior
For 2011, the Impala gains body-colored bodyside moldings for all models. The Impala has a somewhat rounded shape for a sedan, with large, swept-back headlights as its distinguishing characteristic.
  • LS and LT models have 16-inch wheels
  • LTZ models have 18-inch wheels


Interior
Inside the Impala, flip-and-fold rear-seat cushions reveal a covered storage area and include grocery bag hooks. The rear seatback folds down to create a pass-through into the trunk. GM's OnStar communication system is standard, and the Directions and Connections service that gives audio turn-by-turn directions from an OnStar operator is free for six months.
  • Available Bose audio system with eight speakers
  • Seating for five or six, depending on choice of front seat
  • Standard dual-zone manual climate control on all models
  • Standard illuminated vanity mirrors for driver and front passenger (LT and LTZ)
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio (subscription sold separately)
  • Available remote start
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity available


Under the Hood
Engines include a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 3.9-liter V-6. Both are flex-fuel engines that can run on ethanol-based E85.
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Vehicle Overview
The Impala is Chevrolet's flagship full-size sedan. Three trim levels are available: LS, LT and LTZ. Impalas compete with the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon.

New for 2011
The standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine now has standard flex-fuel capability, allowing it to burn gasoline or an ethanol blend of up to 85 percent (E85).

Exterior
For 2011, the Impala gains body-colored bodyside moldings for all models. The Impala has a somewhat rounded shape for a sedan, with large, swept-back headlights as its distinguishing characteristic.
  • LS and LT models have 16-inch wheels
  • LTZ models have 18-inch wheels


Interior
Inside the Impala, flip-and-fold rear-seat cushions reveal a covered storage area and include grocery bag hooks. The rear seatback folds down to create a pass-through into the trunk. GM's OnStar communication system is standard, and the Directions and Connections service that gives audio turn-by-turn directions from an OnStar operator is free for six months.
  • Available Bose audio system with eight speakers
  • Seating for five or six, depending on choice of front seat
  • Standard dual-zone manual climate control on all models
  • Standard illuminated vanity mirrors for driver and front passenger (LT and LTZ)
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio (subscription sold separately)
  • Available remote start
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity available


Under the Hood
Engines include a 3.5-liter V-6 and a 3.9-liter V-6. Both are flex-fuel engines that can run on ethanol-based E85.
  • 211-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 215 pounds-feet of torque
  • 230-hp, 3.9-liter V-6 with 238 pounds-feet of torque
  • LTZ has sportier suspension
  • Four-speed automatic transmission on all models


Safety
Side curtain airbags and seat belt pretensioners for the front seats are standard. Latch child-seat anchors are found in all second-row seating positions. OnStar includes GM's Advanced Crash Response System, which makes crash data available to 911 centers.
  • Stability control standard on all models
  • Standard thorax side-impact airbags on all models
  • Standard antilock brakes and traction control on all models


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
69 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Decent vehicle

by Chevyboyy11 from Jackson, MS on October 26, 2018

I averaged 24.5 miles a gallon which is fine, very spacious, powerful v6 engine. I have had any issues at all with it I?m coming up on 150,000 miles Read full review

(5.0)

150000 and still going strong

by Kansas City Mom from Kansas City on September 27, 2018

My car is perfect for my family. Recently hit 150k! Decent mileage, comfortable and has been very reliable. I maintain my car and ensure regular tune ups and oil changes and detailing. I really love ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Chevrolet Impala currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Chevrolet Impala has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Impala received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker