With a flex-fuel, 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of running on E85 gasoline, the LS trim of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala seems concerned with efficiency, but then why the standard and archaic four-speed automatic transmission? Thankfully, Chevy didn’t scrimp with regard to features at this base trim level, making air conditioning, OnStar, and satellite radio standard here. The front bucket seats are covered in cloth, and so as to help find a comfortable position, the driver gets 6-way power, lumbar adjustment, and a tilt steering wheel. Power features include mirrors, windows, and door locks, as well as remote keyless entry, and the stereo comes with a digital media connection. Safety features abound as well, with automatic headlights, a theft-deterrent system, traction control, antiskid, six standard airbags, daytime running lights, and four-wheel antilock disc brakes.
You’ll get a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with auxiliary controls for the satellite radio, but the seats will still be cloth in the LT trim of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala. From the outside, foglights and alloy wheels will help distinguish it from the lower-level LS, but otherwise the changes are minimal. Power windows, mirrors, door locks, and remote keyless entry are joined by remote engine start here, and Bluetooth makes an appearance as well. Small interior add-ons include illuminated visor mirrors, compass and temperature gauge, as well as floormats – ooh la la. Perhaps more important would be the upgrade to dual-zone manual climate controls from the previous air conditioning. The driver’s seat still gets 6-way power and lumbar adjustment, and OnStar is still there for at least a year for you to enjoy. Here powered by the 3.5-liter V6 paired with a four-speed automatic, the LT Impala can run on E85 fuel. Safety features are standard across the trim lineup and include traction control and antiskid, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, daytime running and automatic headlights, a theft-deterrent system, and six airbags.
The LTZ offers sport and luxury to the 2011 Chevrolet Impala lineup, with heated power leather front bucket seats, a sport suspension, and a larger, 3.9-liter V6. It’s still flex-fuel capable, and it’s still mated to a four-speed automatic, but the power jump is noticeable. Also look to larger 18-inch alloys and a rear spoiler for immediate visual distinction. The passenger seat gains 6-way power here, and the driver’s moves up to 8-way. The stereo has also been upgraded and is a Bose unit here. The power windows, heated power mirrors, and power doors start off the power features, which are finished with remote keyless entry and start, as well as a garage door opener. The tilt steering wheel is leather-wrapped and holds controls for the Bose stereo, which comes with satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a digital media player connection. There are dual-zone manual climate controls, one year of OnStar, and illuminated visor mirrors. Compass and temperature gauge get overlooked, but safety features dominate with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, antiskid, traction control, six standard airbags, and daytime running and automatic headlights.