If you're out to offend with dashing, slashing sheetmetal and a crazy-quilt cabin...the 2011 Chevrolet Impala is decidedly not what you're looking for.
The Impala is inoffensive to the point of blandness, a diabetic diet compared to the relatively high-cholesterol looks of the latest Ford Taurus or the Chrysler 300. The shape's been around for more than a decade, and with infrequent updates, it's simply grown too old to register among today's crop of big family sedans. The shape does have some strong details, like the generous headlights that sweep back along the sides of the hood, and it's by no means unattractive. It's just that the Hyundai Azera seems risky, in comparison.
Inside, the Impala doesn't muster the anonymously handsome look the Azera pulls off, and it's nowhere near as blingy as the newest Taurus or the current Avalon. It's drab and dull. The gauges and controls are quite clearly laid out and nothing is off-putting, but there's a utilitarian feel to the cabin that overwhelms its functional layout. Woodgrain trim tries to liven things up, and doesn't quite nail it, while the center stack swims in flat black plastic. The swankiest detail might be the optional leather seats, which get French-stitched seams, an ooh-la-la moment lost on most of the Impala's users, we bet.