By KBB.com Editors
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
By Jazzy on Friday, January 30, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "What more can I say, beautiful car!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This car has been a gem to my wife and I. We are looking to upgrade to either a 2014 or 2015 Impala. Trust me, this car runs just like an Impala in the wild getting chased by a lion."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Giant Gene on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Affordable, roomy, comfortable to drive."
Cons: "Cabin is noisey"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"My 2013 Chevrolet Impala was one of the lower priced full size cars available when I bought. The exterior does not appear as large as some other full size cars but the interior is spacious with plenty of room for the driver and front passenger. The dashboard instrumentation is simple. The rear seat space seems average. The V6 engine and 6 speed automatic transmission delivers more than enough power and I average 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The car is comfortable to drive with a soft suspension and steering meant more for straight highway driving than cornering or sport driving. One negative is the cabin is noisy and could use more insulation from outside sounds."
12 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Raz on Monday, January 19, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Dependable, comfortable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I leased a 2007 Impala LT and it was flawless for 3 years.My 2011 only needed a front crankshaft seal which the dealer replaced under warranty.The only problem is that they drop in value big time in the first year.After owning this one for 4 years which after owning more then 50 cars and trucks I would say it has been a good car.I will trade when I get a good offer. So far no good offer.If Pontiac was still around I would not have bought this."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Coco on Thursday, January 15, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Peppy, reliable, smooth vehicle"
Cons: "Needed updating, which GM did already"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"It's a wonderful car! Smooth to drive, quite quick too. Gets ~32 mph cruising down the highway and a respectable 25 in city driving. Plenty of room for four adults and a large dog! The trunk is huge and has a wide opening, so boxes and bins aren't even an issue. Nice suspension, which is a plus on Michigan's deplorably pot-hole riddled roads. Love it! If I wasn't under contract to buy a car every three years, I wouldn't hesitate to keep this car for many more years."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By CART on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Had much enjoyment out of this car '"
Cons: "paint bad"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Loved the car but with 41,000 original miles on it has several problems. Muffler went which is ok for 8 yr. old car but $2,000.00 to replace the muffler!! Many electrical problems; had to disconnect horn, door locks don't work and now tire pressure gauges gone and engine light on. Had car serviced regularly. Exterior paint job bad. Several recalls."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Eric on Friday, January 02, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Cheap to Buy, average reliability, good handling"
Cons: "Bad resale value, boring looks, cheap interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I have owned this car for 7 years no and put many miles on it. Have the LT 3.9 with leather. The car has withstood the harsh winters of Northern PA and NY, which is where most of my driving occurs. The Leather seats are a must and hold up much better than the fabric, plus heated seats are pretty nice. Handling is good and transmission is smooth, especially for an ancient 4-speed. The rear folding seats are great and I have actually used this car to sleep in on particularly rainy camping trips where I can lay flat from the trunk into the back seat. Gas mileage is only 19-21 city but have averaged a really good 28-31 highway. Issues with this car have been with its emissions sensors and tailpipes. I have replaced each of these items three times now. Brakes and rotors will also wear fast. Winter tires are a must and found that nitrogen in the tires are the best for it keeping tire pressure even in hot and cold weather. Its just like any other car. If you take care of it, it will last. Also have the 2013 Chevy Impala. All the same other than a much more powerful and refined V6 3.6."
13 people out of 22 found this review helpful