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2013 Chevrolet Impala Review
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Chevrolet's Impala was once the best-selling full-size model in the United States. In 2013, however, you're more likely to see the Impala on a rental car lot than in your neighbor's driveway. First released in the late 1950s, the Impala has taken many forms, including a coupe, sedan, convertible, hardtop, and a wagon. It has satisfied those looking for performance, style, and value. At this point, however, the 2013 Chevrolet Impala is merely a comfortable old shoe. It has not kept up with all of the technological advances often seen in 2013 models, but the Impala remains a solid, practical choice. Its quiet cabin, good performance, and long history of reliability keep it hanging on.
The 2013 Impala is a four-door sedan that comfortably seats five. It is available in three trims: LS, LT, and the LTZ. The LT and LTZ offer optional seating for six.
New For 2013
The 2013 Chevrolet Impala has remained largely unchanged for a very long time. This is starting to become an issue, as the dated look is released year after year. It may be saved by a rumored complete redesign in 2014.
The 2013 Chevrolet Impala looks more like a rental car than a brand-new version of an old American favorite. Its boring styling has remained unchanged year after year, and 2013 is no different. The exterior color options, which have also not changed, are Silver Ice Metallic, Black, Summit White, Victory Red, and Ashen Gray Metallic.
The LS trim comes standard with 16-inch aluminum wheels and the LT comes with 17-inch wheels; both are paired with all-season blackwall tires. The LTZ comes with W-rated performance tires on 18-inch machined-face wheels. All trims offer the following exterior options: dual-outlet stainless-steel exhaust, daytime running lights, fog lamps, halogen headlamps, power-adjustable mirrors, and a remote trunk release. The LTZ adds heated mirrors, and a power sunroof is an available option on the LT and LTZ.
Interior & Cargo
The interior in unassuming and unimpressive. The quality of the materials used in the cabin is subpar and greatly in need of an upgrade. However, the Impala is still a comfortable car with a quiet cabin, and is regarded as a good value overall.
All 2013 Impala trims have six-way, power front bucket seats wrapped in cloth upholstery. Eight-way, power, heated front seats are an option on the LT and come standard on the LTZ. Front leather seats are available on the LTZ. All trims provide standard air conditioning, cruise control, power door mirrors, one-touch windows, remote keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The entertainment system isn't all that impressive compared to others in its class, but it still offers the basics with a six-speaker AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 player, auxiliary audio input jack, Bluetooth for select phones, and a three month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. Bose speakers are an option on the LT and come standard on the LTZ.
The LT and LTZ add a remote vehicle starter system, dual climate control, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. Upgrading to the LTZ also offers auto-dimming interior map lights.
The Impala has a nice, large truck providing 18.6 cubic feet of storage space.
The 2013 Chevrolet Impala comes with a long list of safety features, which are all standard on all three models. The list includes, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driveline traction control, StabiliTrak stability control, rear anti-roll bar, ignition disable, panic alarm, perimeter/approach lights, rear child security door locks, vehicle anti-theft system, an airbag occupancy sensor, and six airbags, including dual front side impact airbags and curtain overhead airbags.
All trims also come with OnStar service for six months, which provides emergency services, roadside assistance, remote door unlock, remote horn and lights, remote ignition block, stolen vehicle assistance, and turn-by-turn navigation.
All 2013 Chevrolet Impala may not be a flashy choice, but it performs well. The ride is quiet and the handling is smooth. All trims are front-wheel drive and come with a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine paired with an electronically-controlled six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. It cranks out 300 hp at 6500 rpm and 262 lb-ft of torque at 5300 rpm. The Impala powertrain features direct gasoline injection and variable valve timing. While the Impala is a full-size car, it boasts impressive, midsize car fuel economy coming in at 18/30 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Chevrolet Impala
- Buick LaCrosse
- Chrysler 300
- Ford Taurus
- Hyundai Sonata
- Toyota Avalon