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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
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 741 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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

Reliability is a great value

By on Friday, July 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "quick, E85, reliable, truck space, handling in sno"

Cons: "road noise, soft suspension, rear view blocked"

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

"I purchased the Impala new and always used E85. My milage is currently 19.5 a drop from the 20.5 I had been getting for the past 7 years. The car runs great to this day. When merging, speed is no problem. It turns okay and brakes good. The speakers sound good. I have had no problems with the major componentes. It handles well in the snow. Minor problems I have had is a leaky seal (trans.), bad blower motor and a broken wiper transmision arm. To this day the car looks and runs like new."

Best Car Ever

By on Saturday, July 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 225,000

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: "Dependable, Comfortable, Roomy"

Cons: "None"

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

"I have had no problems with this car. I love it as much as I loved my Buick. Roomy, comfortable, and has cost me very little to maintain."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love the car don't care for the 2011 Body style

By on Friday, July 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliability, Great families LONG LASTING"

Cons: "2011, don't like the body style"

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

"I love my reliable spacious car! I just don't care for the body style! I'm looking forward to the 2014 new body style. I paid about 14k for it with 5000 miles on it and hope to get more years out of my car! I've had TONS of luck with Impalas I hope they keep up the quality and affordability! My 2003 lasted until 2012 with only regular wear and tear! I purchased my 2011 in 2012 and hope o drive this one for at least 9 years too!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Nice car, good mileage, not problems at all.

By on Thursday, July 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Just a super all around great car"

Cons: "short on head room for a big person"

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

"We have found our 2006 Impala to be a super great car. No problems, great gas mileage, good starter in Iowa winters as car sits outside. I would certainly buy another Impala."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

spacious, comfortable, ecomony, reliable

By on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: new truck

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: "plenty of inside and trunk room"

Cons: "nothing this is a 10"

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

"this is by far the best mid size car ever. If we didnt need a pickup we would keep this car for at least 12 years."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

2007 SS is Rare. Reliable, Quality leather/interio

By on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "spacious, quick, when loaded & wheels looks $$$$$$"

Cons: "has cup holders front and rear (ha ha)ssssssssssss"

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

"My 2007, 2008, 2009, are rare which I love. I also own a 2003 mustang which is also a great car but many are around. It's a shame more people took so long to want the Impala SS and they had to stop production due to slow sales. Well my value went high once they re released more impala SS again in 2014. I bought it new in 2007 and bought the extended warranty-which I suggest if you plan on keeping an American car for 8 years. I bought the 8 year extended warranty with 100,000 for only $1,100 from a different chevy dealership which saved $500. I love it. I plan to keep this car for another 8 years cause it only has 60,000 miles and its cool to have a rare car and people ask is it really that fast from 2007? Oh Yeah it was rated in the top 10 fastest sedans for under $50,000"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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