At this point, we'd determined the unimpressive Chevrolet Impala was overdue for a redesign. Its short list of good points included simple radio controls and a large trunk. Although a large sedan, the cabin is less roomy and comfortable than many smaller offerings. Handling is clumsy and powertrain refinement falls short. The rear seat is skimpy for a car this size and the car's fit and finish are second-rate.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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NA
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2002
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Driver-only side air bag available until 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2008, standard from 2010.
Road Test

At this point, we'd determined the unimpressive Chevrolet Impala was overdue for a redesign. Its short list of good points included simple radio controls and a large trunk. Although a large sedan, the cabin is less roomy and comfortable than many smaller offerings. Handling is clumsy and powertrain refinement falls short. The rear seat is skimpy for a car this size and the car's fit and finish are second-rate. A more powerful V6 engine and a new six-speed automatic transmission debuted for 2012, but the redesign that this car really needed didn't come until 2014.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (211 hp)
  • 3.9-liter V6 (230 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Chevrolet Impala owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"ABS sensors didn't work"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"The right rear caliper stuck thereby making the parking brake not work. The whole brake caliper unit had to be changed at a cost of several hundred dollars"

E M., OH (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Our parking brake doesn't hold good. The dealer tells us that itbis due to a stuck caliper"

Ernest M., OH (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"No emergency brakes. Emergency brake system on the calipers frozen. Replaced rear calipers"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"I didn't think my brakes had enough miles on them to need new brake shoes"

Linda A., NE (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)
Rotors

"Had to repack back rotors and wheel bearing"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"We purchased the car with about 18000 miles. It was from a lease fleet. On the front brakes the rotor was because of heat or rust had joined together and could not be separated"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"warped rotors , 4 times replaced about every 8,000 to 9,000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"I just feel that I had to repair the breaks too soon for the age of the car. I had to do both front and back repairs twice since I purchased my car"

Anonymous, NB (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"Both front rotors warped a bit and were replaced under the factory warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"It seems to be fine"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Power steering pump failed and metal shavings went into steering system which had to be replaced"

William A., WV (2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

"The struts continued to give me problems for some time throughout the season changes. Finally changed them"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replaced rack afterr leaking internal seal"

Gary B., WI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Steering was becoming very noisy"

Robert C., MI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Metal shavings from power steering pump ruined steering system"

William A., WV (2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Tie rods

"Rear tire wear and failed inspection due to left rear tie rod"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"I was trying to drive up a road on a slightly steep small hill during the winter of 2014 and the road was slick with ice/snow. My car never made it up that hill after repeated attempts. That caused a problem with my tie rod, mechanic had to replace"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT Unsure)

"flat spot on tires"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"out line"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Front crank seal leaks"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"The car was leaking oil and on inspection the head gasket needed to be replaced. Not u usual with 130,000 miles"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Oil pan gasket was leaking, had new oil pan gasket installed on 07/25/2014"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Engine computer

"Some of the indicators on the console failed. I paid my garage to replace the engine computer. The problem has not happened again"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"There was a problem with the accelerator pedal position sensor"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

"TPS (throttle position sensor) module"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"The valve adjustments were not secured and worked loose causing a loud valve knock and required almost a week of down time. The head gasket problem was found at this time and also repaired"

Ernest K., UT (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"transmission quit just over 100,000 miles so not warranty. Cost 4000"

Barb B., WA (2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Unsure)

"Transmission failed on summer trip. Rebuilt automatic transmission was replaced under warranty"

Gerald C., MN (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"car locked, dealer towed, dealer disassembled and repaired rather than replaced"

Greg H., IN (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"There was no warning at all, the car just would not move one day while attempting to enter the intersection. The dealership replaced the transmission"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Impala Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Second transmission. first one failed at 37000 miles"

Robert D., NH (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"the right low beam went out. I changed the bulb. Didn't fix it. I traded right bulb & left bulb. Both low beams went out. It went on like this until I took it to the shop. The shop found a bad low beam bulb & changed it. That fixed it. They explained that in modern cars, they are very sensitive. The blown bulb had confused the "body control module". Now I have a backup light out. I fear for the worst"

E M., OH (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Leakage in front right tire"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)

"Traction control device malfunction limited sped car would go"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.9-L V6)

"My Windshield Washer fluid sensor activated 1 month after buying the car and hasn't been cleared after replacing a sensor or having mechanic look at electrical...Won't go away will full fluid!"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

"Leak found by dealership mechanic during routine maintenance. Repaired under warranty"

Robert C., MI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"It was the second time this had happened. The first was more than a year ago. The second time around was within the last year. It began with oil leaks. Was replace under warranty"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT Unsure)

"The head gasket was found to be leaking at the time of the valve problem and was fixed at that time. It caused a 1 week down time on the car"

Ernest K., UT (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Cylinder head

"The car stalled while being driven twice. The dealer changed a major part of the engine on the second time. Th problem has not reoccurred. There was no charge and the dealer paid for a rental car both times"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Sporadically, from stop transmission slams into gear with major jolt"

Gary B., WI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittent issue with car not moving from a stop and then lurching into gear. Dangerous when pulling out into an intersection"

E B., NJ (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission deal had a leak and the fluid needed to be flushed/replaced. Much better since"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

"Premium sound system, speakers keep cutting out since it was new . they never fixed it"

Robert T., MI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"there is a vibration in the system. I cannot tell if it's from the Radio or another part in the dash. The noise begins when the car is turned on each time, last for approx 90 seconds and then quits"

Janet V., CA (2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The phone does not always connect and there is no display to show if connected"

Dennis B., CT (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Water leaked into front passenger floor area. Dash board had to be removed to fix it"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ Unsure)

"General air noise at cruising speed"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger window does not seal tight, and we get wind noise. Dealer fixed it but didn't get rid of the noise"

Vicky S., WI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"Part of the same problem"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Volunteer recall, if you had problems. Car would just slow down and then die. Took a look time to get it started and keep running"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"vent solenoid had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NL (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Nothing comes out of the ventilation system when on outside air"

James A., OK (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"The ventilation system does not function properly. Nothing comes out of the vents when on outside air"

James A., OK (2011 Chevrolet Impala LS 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery cables

"Inferior materials for terminal connectors. Highly susceptible to corrosion from battery gases. Almost impossible to use tools to replace battery. Corrosion followed cable wire down into insulation. Had to replace both positive and negative cables"

Kevin H., GA (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.9-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Manifold Leak"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.9-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"The Stability control error light came on and the car was intermittently losing ability to accelerate and the error on the dashboard said "reduced engine power". This was quite dangerous but was covered under warranty. The issue was actually the Th"

Edward C., IL (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint pealing off rear bumper"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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