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2011 Chevrolet Impala 2011 Toyota Avalon 2011 Ford Taurus
     
LS
  • LS
  • LT
  • LTZ
4dr Sdn (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Limited (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Limited (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Limited (SE)
4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL AWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited FWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited AWD

Prices

MSRP $24,495 $33,195 $25,420
Invoice $23,515 $29,876 $23,573
Avg. Paid $11,858 $20,629 $13,901

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.5 9.0 8.9
Critics' Rating 6.8 8.8 9.3
Performance 6.6 8.6 8.3
Interior 6.8 8.5 9.5
Operating Cost 7.9 8.0 7.9
Safety 9.2 9.7 9.3
Reliability 4.0 5.0 4.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Seats up to six
  • Good power and fuel economy
  • Above-average reliability
  • Powerful engine with good fuel economy
  • High safety and reliability scores
  • Near-luxury quality interior
  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Attractive cabin
  • Ford’s available Sync infotainment system
  • Smooth and balanced ride
Cons
  • Dated four-speed automatic transmission
  • Sloppy handling
  • Poor interior material quality
  • Rear seats don’t fold, limiting cargo space
  • Some controls are inconveniently placed
  • Lack of steering feel
  • Some cheap interior materials

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas/Ethanol V6 3.5L/214 Gas V6 3.5L/211 Gas V6 3.5L/213
MPG 19 City / 29 Hwy 20 City / 29 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 110.5 111.0 112.9
Length, Overall (in) 200.4 197.6 202.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.9 72.8 85.7
Height, Overall (in) 58.7 58.5 60.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3555 3572 4015

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Optional Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 104.5 106.9 102.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 38.9 39.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.3 41.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 59.4 57.9
Front Hip Room (in) 56.4 55.8 56.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.5 37.8
Second Leg Room (in) 37.6 40.9 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.6 58.2 56.9
Second Hip Room (in) 57.2 56.2 55.8
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 18.6 14.4 20.1

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Optional Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split Bench Seat Optional
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.5L/214 3.5L/211 3.5L/213
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 211 @ 5800 268 @ 6200 263 @ 6250
Torque (Net @ RPM) 216 @ 4000 248 @ 4700 249 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 38.0 36.9 41.0

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 20 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 29 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.5 18.5 19.0

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-link Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard