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  • (4.0) 59 reviews
  • Available Prices: $4,062–$12,366
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 22-24
  • Engine: 211-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2011 Chevrolet Impala

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Chevrolet Impala

What We Don't Like

  • Noticeable wind noise at highway speeds
  • Large blind spot
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope

Notable Features

  • 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

2011 Chevrolet Impala Reviews

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).

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

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

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


Average based on 59 reviews

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Great deal, great car

by L Pickett from Indianapolis, IN on December 11, 2017

This car is great for all of my needs. It has great leg room in front and back seating. Sunroof is a plus. Smooth drive and good on gas.

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3 Trims Available

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2011 Chevrolet Impala Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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