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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 763 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

Great condition

By on Thursday, September 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,578

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
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "I love it, just not big enough for 2 in sports"

Cons: "none for me"

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

"I purchased this car for my son in 2011 as a graduation gift, he got a new car and gave this back to me."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This is a good medium price auto

By on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Decent ride, decent fuel economy for a full size sedan. Roomy with a big trunk. Very few problems over 90,000 miles and we put all but the first 3 on this vehicle."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

very good car al around. not really much maintenic

By on Sunday, September 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "peppy solid"

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

"I would buy 1 in the future most likely. It is really an all around vehicle with good take off power"

bn wrecked needs rack and pinion, electrical work

By on Sunday, August 31, 2014

I want this car

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
5/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "poor condition"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"needs rack and pinion, electrical work, hood has rusty spots, driver side door needs repaired, trunk needs electrical (can't close)"

GREAT VALUE, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, DESIGN, COMFORT

By on Saturday, August 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

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: "GREAT GAS MILEAGE, GREAT COMFORT AND DRIVABILITY"

Cons: "NONE WHATSOEVER"

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

2012 IMPALA LTZ EVERY POSSIBLE OPTION FROM FACTORY

"WE HAVE LEASED CHEVROLET IMPALA'S FOR YEARS AND FINALLY BOUGHT OUR OWN VEHICLE. GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

2012 IMPALA LTZ EVERY POSSIBLE OPTION FROM FACTORY

Inside noise

By on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Beautful color"

Cons: "Loud road noise and the defrosters"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

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"The road noise inside the car with everything turned off and all the windows rolled up is terrible. If I drive a long way and I don't have the radio on I sometimes wear earplugs because it's so loud. Even when I'm at a stop, the road noise from other cars is loud as well. The dealership said there is nothing they can do. Also the wipers ice up really bad, even though new blades were put on, they're the type that's not supposed to ice up and the defrosters were going full blast most of the time. Again the dealership said the defrosters were working fine."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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