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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 837 Ratings for the 2006 - 2013 models.

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

Not happy with this car

By on Thursday, May 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,300

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"In the 7 years I have owned this car I have replaced wheel bearings 14 times, I have replaced all 4 wheels due to the original wheels being out of round. Fabric upholstery is difficult to clean, I have done all routine maintainance and feel it is unreliable"

Overall I have been very satisfied with this car.

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

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
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "very dependable, great value, low repair costs."

Cons: "poor rear window visibility, hard to exit vehicle."

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

"I have a few big gripes- the first- it's very difficult to get in and out of this car. Front seat, back seat, tall person, short person, large person, small person, it makes no difference. It takes a lot of effort to climb out of this car for some reason. I have had several complaints from passengers! Including myself! The second demerit this car gets is for poor visibility out of the back window. The three headrests in the back seat seriously hamper my vision. Third complaint is lack of cupholders in back seat. A small thing, yes, but a recurring irritation for frequent travelers. Those are the negatives, but I have way more positives than negatives- I bought this 2011 Impala in March 2012, as a dealer 'demo' and got a very good price, I think. I've since put 50k miles on it, and spent NO money on repairs! We've put new brakes on, new tires, and it currently needs new wipers, and I think that's all the money we've had to spend on it. It's been extremely dependable, never let me down. Taken it on several long trips and it does fine. High speed interstate travel is smooth and quiet. It has enough get-up-and-go, enough power for passing, etc. My Impala averages about 25 mpg, which is very satisfactory to me. The trunk is surprisingly large. Decent factory cd/radio. Overall I am very pleased, I feel like this car is a great value for the money, a very decent dependable nice-looking car that I'm not ashamed to be seen in. I might just keep this one until I totally wear it out! However, that might take a while longer! lol"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

very poor ride- like a two ton truck

By on Monday, May 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
6/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "not fun to drive"

Cons: "very nice interior-very good seat. very poor ride"

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

"This is the poorest ride I have ever had. Very stiff My pick-up truck rides better. Will drive the next car before purchase to make sure it does not ride this poorly"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great car. Would buy another one.

By on Thursday, May 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "value"

Cons: "seats"

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

"Good value, especially love the LTZ appointments. Main complaint would be the flat front seats, but LOVE the bunn heaters!"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I just bought it and Love it so far

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,851

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort"

Cons: "none yet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I have no information on my car as of yet. The owner's manual is very vague. I am unsure of the options on the car."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Had a lot of surprises, all of them good.

By on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,662

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "This has been a comfortable plesant car to drive."

Cons: "Front brake rotors developed "Hard spots" at 80k"

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

"With almost 100k miles the only repairs are tires and front brake rotors at 80k and a battery this year. Mileage is much better than expected at 33+ on freeway and 28.8 on the total miles on car to date. It is comfortable and you feel secure while driving."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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