2013 Chevrolet Impala Expert Review

3.1 Overall Score
Performance 2.6Comfort 3.4Styling 2.4Value 3.2

Editor's Overview

Although 2013 marks the final year of production for the current ninth generation Chevrolet Impala, this big American full-size sedan still offers modern niceties like live OnStar assistance and mobile application connectivity. And despite its cavernous interior quarters, roomy trunk and available seating for six, the Impala’s direct fuel-injected V6 delivers 30 mph on the highway.

You'll Like The 2013 Chevrolet Impala 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 The 2013 Chevrolet Impala 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

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.

Interior Features

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 Features

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.

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.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Chevrolet Impala ranges from just over $26,500 for the LS to about $31,000 for the fully-equipped LTZ. The Toyota Avalon and the Nissan Maxima start closer to $33,000, but they also include more standard features. The Ford Taurus carries a modest premium over the 2013 Impala, with the Chrysler 300 coming in just under $30,000 in base configuration. A quick look at KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price will show you what others in your area are paying for their Chevy Impalas. Kelley Blue Book expects the 2013 Chevrolet Impala sedan to hold resale values slightly better than previous Impalas, but still trailing the Chrysler 300 and the Ford Taurus, and falling well short of the resale values set by the Toyota Avalon and the Nissan Maxima.

Notable 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.

Notable Options

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.

Favorite Features

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.

Flip up the seat bottoms, fold down the seatbacks, and the Impala’s already massive trunk becomes a virtual cargo bed for lengthy objects.

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)

Editors' Notes

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.

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