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2013 Chevrolet Impala

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2013 Chevrolet Impala Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.3

Straying little from its original formula as a big, comfortable American car, the 2013 Chevrolet Impala is a modern day example of a traditional automotive concept. A roomy cabin, equally spacious trunk and sofa-soft ride speak to its heritage, while a host of available tech features help convey the Impala's contemporary appeal. Striking design has never been a strong suit for the Chevy Impala, and the current model is growing rather long in the tooth. Driving the 2013 Chevy Impala is about as straightforward as it gets, but competitors such as the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300, Toyota Avalon and the Nissan Maxima all offer a higher degree of style and sophistication.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are looking for a spacious, simple full-size sedan with a solid track record for reliability, the 2013 Chevy Impala might be the right fit for you. Furthermore, OnStar's suite of concierge and emergency assistance services provide a level of assurance you won't find anywhere else in the segment.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If compelling style is a key component of your purchasing decision, we believe a closer look at the Nissan Maxima or the Ford Taurus is in order. The Impala is also the least dynamic of the bunch, and its residual values are among the lowest in the category.

What's New for 2013

With an all-new 2014 model waiting in the wings, the Chevy Impala sees only minor updates for 2013. A Crystal Red paint finish is added to the exterior color palette, and a new Luxury Edition Package featuring leather, power heated front seats and a Bose premium audio system is available for LT models.

Driving the Impala

Driving Impressions The 2013 Impala gains greatly from the recently adopted 3.6-liter V6. This 300-horsepower engine is velvety-smooth, silent and strong. The 6-speed automatic transmission delivers seamless shifts and helps the 2013...

Chevy Impala sedan achieve an impressive 30-mpg rating on the highway. The Impala's seating is supportive both front and rear, with wide bucket seats long on comfort but short on side bolstering. Engine and road noise have been minimized considerably compared to years past. Regardless of trim, the Impala delivers a soft, comfortable ride ideal for straight, smooth pavement, but sporty handling is not its forte. However, if you do plan to do a bit of aggressive driving now and again, the top-level Impala LTZ offers a more solid feel and better handling, thanks to its 18-inch wheel-and-tire package.

BOSE AUDIO
A feature usually not found in basic family sedans, the 8-speaker Bose audio system, available on the LT and standard on the LTZ, is a definite must for music lovers.

FOLD-FLAT SPLIT REAR SEAT
Flip up the seat bottoms, fold down the seatbacks, and the Impala's already massive trunk becomes a virtual cargo bed for lengthy objects.

2013 Chevrolet Impala Details
2013 Chevrolet Impala photo Interior

The 2013 Chevrolet Impala's interior is highlighted by simple instruments with large, easy-to-read numerals and lettering. Large rotary knobs for the radio and ventilation are also a nice change from smallish, hard-to-decipher buttons, and it's easy to find a place to keep small items thanks to the numerous cupholders and storage areas. The Impala is one of the last cars to offer an available front bench seat, which ups the seating capacity to six, but trims will likely go out the door with a comfortable set of bucket seats divided by a wide center console. The Impala's available flip-and-fold rear seat increases an already massive trunk capacity, and provides an additional storage bin hidden beneath the seat bottom.

Exterior
2013 Chevrolet Impala photo

Conservative may be the best term to describe the Impala's exterior, as flat body panels and humble linear lines struggle to convey an impression of depth. A touch of flair finds its way onto the range-topping LTZ trim in the form of 18-inch split-spoke wheels and front foglights. We like that the roofline remains high as it moves rearward, a design that improves rear-seat headroom. The Impala's trunklid opens straight up to allow for easy loading and unloading, and the low liftover height aids when loading heavy or large items.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base LS form, standard equipment consists of a 3.6-liter V6, 6-speed automatic transmission, 6-way power driver's seat, 16-inch alloy wheels and a 6-speaker sound system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and an auxiliary audio jack. Stolen vehicle assistance, remote ignition and turn-by-turn directions are also included in a 6-month trial subscription to OnStar. Basic safety features include six airbags and a full complement of electronic stability systems.

Optional Equipment

The 2013 Chevy Impala is available in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. LS options are limited to a front bench seat, while LT models offer a new Luxury Edition Package packed with features previously reserved for the LTZ trim, such as an 8-speaker Bose sound system, Homelink universal garage door opener, heated front seats, leather, and a 6-way power passenger seat.

Under the Hood

A direct fuel-injected 3.6-liter V6 is the sole engine choice for the 2013 Chevy Impala. This E85 compatible mill is matched with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, which is known as one of GM's best for its smooth shifts, quiet operation and ability to immediately select the proper gear for steep grades and aggressive lane changes.

3.6-liter V6
300 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 5,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/30 mpg (gasoline), 13/22 mpg (E85)

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2013 Chevrolet Impala Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 856 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Very nice car for a good price

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great value for a quality ride"

Cons: "Seats could be improved."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2014 Impala Limited LT. Very nice car, MP3, Moon roof. I purchased this CPO used through the dealership with 25K miles for $15K. Great value. The car rides and handles nicely. The tires were sub-optimal and were replaced with a set of premium grand touring all weather radials. I was stunned at the ride and handling improvements. GM could make these cars really sing if they would sell them with good tires instead of the OEM schlock that they ship with. Car writers whine about "old" styling etc, vs the "new" Impala. I will live and drive to the bank with the "older" styling for the $12-15K price differential that folks want for the "new" style Impala. There maybe differences in handling between the two, but having driven both, they were not apparent to me and certainly not relevant to most applications. I do understand that there were some structural changes to address new crash testing deficiencies."

cheaply made.

By on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
4/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I was very disappointed with this car. The engine hot turn ac off would come on when it was 10 below out. the rear hub assembly had to be replaced twice. and have to replace the brake pads every 8 months to a year. when cold out the power steering makes a whinning noise and you have to keep an eye on the power steering fluid level and keep adding to it. the stability trac and traction control lights come on all the time when it rains saying they need service. I would never buy another chevy again. I don't trust it. It's not very reliable."

This car is a great local & road trip vehicle

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great body style, solid engine performance & utili"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This 2010 Chevrolet Impala LT2 has been the overall best of thirteen (13) Chevrolet cars that we have owned over the past fifty five (55) years that we have been married. This car has been very reliable, useful and safe. My wife and I feel very comfortable in this vehicle. Our Chevrolet Dealer has been very instrumental in assisting us in maintaining this vehicle in top condition from the first day of ownership. My wife enjoys driving and may be the primary driver in this family but I also enjoy driving whenever the opportunity presents itself."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Fantastic car overall

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, reliable, Nice looking, good mileage"

Cons: "It does not fix itself..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car for 8 years now. It is 7th car I have actually owned. There are definitely better cars out there, but for the price and mileage, this has been the greatest car for me. It is getting old and I think about having to get a new car but I do not want to give this car up. I am hoping to keep it for a few more years."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I'm surprised

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Solid, Powerful, Super comfortable, Build quality"

Cons: "Common, Heavy, Small glovebox"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Happy owner of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala LT 3.5 V6. It's probably too soon to rate this car, as I've only gotten it a few days ago, but so far the more I drive it, the more I love it. My roommates all are biased against American cars, but after driving it, they all agreed that they did not expected this car to feel and look this good. My daily commute to work and back home is roughly 7 miles, so this baby will be driven very lightly, hopefully making it last for years to come. I had steering alignment problems when I first got it, but buying a set of new tires and doing a alignment thankfully fixed it. I can't believe how smooth this car is, and so far how good on gas it is. At 90,000 miles the car has it's little scratches and stuff, but mechanically, it feels like a new car. I am very impressed as well at all the equipment the car has. It's Power everything, it's got a sunroof, on-board computer and even an AUX in on the stereo! The only cons so far on this car is that it is way too common, and due to the fact that it is a rental fleet car, and government motor vehicle of choice, it's in my opinion what depreciates the value of it. Also, what's up with not having a lock on the gas cap? And also, for a vehicle this size, you would expect a bigger glove-box compartment. I can barely fit the manual and all the car's documents."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive & reliable."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my second Impala. Comfortable, reliable and really good gas mileage. Got 203,000 miles on the fist one and still going strong with the second one at 168,400+. Tons of room and back seats open to the trunk to give you the space needed when you don't have a truck. I would highly recommend the Impala."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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