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2011 Chevrolet Impala Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Chevrolet Impala was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.8

Auto journalists report that the Impala can seat six, has a cavernous cargo hold and offers plenty of convenience features. However, many concede that its lack of comfort and poor interior fit and finish detract from its overall appeal.

  • "In the past, Chevy's bread-and-butter full-sizer was criticized for unattractive styling and Playskool-quality cabin plastics. These two areas were addressed a few years ago with mixed results. Styling is now pleasantly subdued, but the interior remains one of the worst in the full-size segment -- especially in lower trims." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin materials are serviceable, but Impala trails most like-priced rivals for quality feel. Plastic expanses dominate the cabin, giving it a budget look and feel. One test car suffered from a few interior squeaks and rattles."--Consumer Guide
  • "Too bad the Impala isn't a little more about interior design. The overall look is pleasing enough, with a dark gray upper and lighter lower dash separated by faux wood, and the control layout is wonderfully simple and logical. But the featureless black plastic on the center stack and instrument cluster is almost insulting." -- Car and Driver

Seating

Critics like the fact that the Impala can seat up to six passengers, but point out that all six won’t be comfortable. In fact, several say that even with just four or five occupants, not everyone in the Impala will be comfortable.

  • "[I]t's huge, with 104.5 cubic feet of interior room and the ability to seat six if one opts for the front bench seat (remember those?) available in the LS and LT." -- Car and Driver
  • “With the available front bench, the seat bottom is too short for long-distance comfort. The narrow cabin limits three-abreast seating to short trips with smaller passengers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Occupants will find hip and shoulder room plentiful, but legroom is below average for this segment." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Reviewers, on balance, appear to be satisfied with the 2011 Impala's standard convenience features. All trim models feature dual-zone air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo that’s satellite radio ready and has CD/MP3 capability. The LT and LTZ trims trim have Bluetooth and available remote start.

While the standard features are decent, other options in the class, like the Ford Taurus, offer more high-tech cabin electronics.

  • "The gauges are clearly marked and easy to read. Large, clearly marked radio and climate controls have easy-grip rubberized surfaces and operate smoothly." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Chevy Impala provides 18.6 cubic feet of trunk space. Though some critics note quirks with its trunk's shape, most admit that it provides a lot of room for the usual luggage and groceries. Another nice feature is that the seat cushions in the backseat fold up and underneath them is a nice storage space for keeping valuables out of sight.

  • "Impala's trunk is roomy, with a usefully flat floor. The lid uses non-intrusive strut hinges, but an oddly shaped opening hampers loading bulky objects. Cabin storage is merely adequate." -- Consumer Guide

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