2013 Chevrolet Impala

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Chevrolet Impala. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • V-6 power
  • Gas mileage
  • Quiet cabin
  • Backseat room
  • Large trunk

The Bad

  • Shoddy interior quality
  • Lumpy, unsupportive front seats
  • Heavy, numb steering
  • Small side mirrors
  • B-pillar limits view when changing lanes

Notable Features of the 2013 Chevrolet Impala

  • Standard 300-hp V-6
  • Available front bench seat for six-person seating
  • New Luxury Edition Package
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Last year before redesigned 2014 Impala

2013 Chevrolet Impala Road Test

Mike Hanley

The 2013 Chevrolet Impala combines strong acceleration with surprising fuel efficiency, but poor seat comfort and shoddy cabin quality reinforce its rental-car personality.

This is the final model year for this generation of the Impala, as an all-new version is set to hit dealerships next year as a 2014 model (see the details).

The base 2013 Impala LS starts at $26,685 including an $825 destination charge. We tested a midrange LT trim level without any options, which had an as-tested price of $28,210. The premium trim package is the LTZ and comes with leather seats. To see how the Impala's specs compare with full-size body-type sedans like the Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger and Hyundai Azera, click here.

V-6 Power
Turbocharged four-cylinders continue to make inroads in the sedan market as automakers try to balance performance and fuel efficiency, but there's still something highly appealing about a powerful V-6 engine. That's what the Impala offers with its standard 300-horsepower, 3.6 L V6, which debuted in the sedan for the 2012 model year. The V-6 makes nearly as much power as the 5.3-liter V-8 from the Impala SS of a few years ago, and it feels nearly as potent while delivering better gas mileage.

The V-6 pulls strongly whether you're accelerating from a stop, at midrange speeds or on the highway. Generous reserve power lets you overtake cars at will at high speeds, and the engine is aided by the six-speed automatic transmission's willingness to kick down a gear under part-th...

The 2013 Chevrolet Impala combines strong acceleration with surprising fuel efficiency, but poor seat comfort and shoddy cabin quality reinforce its rental-car personality.

This is the final model year for this generation of the Impala, as an all-new version is set to hit dealerships next year as a 2014 model (see the details).

The base 2013 Impala LS starts at $26,685 including an $825 destination charge. We tested a midrange LT trim level without any options, which had an as-tested price of $28,210. The premium trim package is the LTZ and comes with leather seats. To see how the Impala's specs compare with full-size body-type sedans like the Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger and Hyundai Azera, click here.

V-6 Power
Turbocharged four-cylinders continue to make inroads in the sedan market as automakers try to balance performance and fuel efficiency, but there's still something highly appealing about a powerful V-6 engine. That's what the Impala offers with its standard 300-horsepower, 3.6 L V6, which debuted in the sedan for the 2012 model year. The V-6 makes nearly as much power as the 5.3-liter V-8 from the Impala SS of a few years ago, and it feels nearly as potent while delivering better gas mileage.

The V-6 pulls strongly whether you're accelerating from a stop, at midrange speeds or on the highway. Generous reserve power lets you overtake cars at will at high speeds, and the engine is aided by the six-speed automatic transmission's willingness to kick down a gear under part-throttle acceleration; it's good at keeping the engine in its best operating range and doesn't let rpm get too low.

When you take into account the Chevrolet Impala LT's power and full-size dimensions, its EPA-estimated gas mileage of 18/30 mpg city/highway is a pleasant surprise. The six-speed automatic deserves some of the credit, but the Impala is also one of the lighter cars in its class, with a curb weight around 3,600 pounds.

Ride & Handling
The 
Chevrolet Impala's suspension tuning is on the firm side and rides on alluminum alloy wheels, but it's still plenty comfortable for commuting on city streets or on the highway. The body floats a little when driving on undulating pavement, and hard cornering brings on body roll, but the Impala takes it all in stride, neither asking much of drivers nor exposing them to unwanted harshness.

The steering tuning is unusual and ultimately disappointing. The system features hydraulic power assistance, but unlike many systems that make it easy to turn the wheel at parking-lot speeds, the Impala seems to offer less assist at low speeds, making the wheel feel heavy. Sometimes cars with weightier steering offer better feedback, but that's not the case here, as the numb wheel doesn't communicate any information about the road.

The car is quiet, though. The body and glass do a good job blocking tire noise on the highway, and wind noise is minimal.

Disappointing Interior
Compared with newer Chevrolet sedans like the Malibu and Cruze, the
 Impala's cabin is shockingly outdated. It's a reminder of how much better GM's interiors are today, and also of how desperately they needed renewal at the beginning of the millennium, because this interior was a big improvement for the Chevrolet Impala when it debuted in the 2006 sedan. The interior has seen few significant changes since then, but the upcoming 2014 Impala gets a modern interior that's on par with the best in the Chevrolet lineup.

The biggest problem with the Chevrolet Impala's cabin is in the details; you get the sense that no one really cared about them. Large swaths of plastic trim on the dashboard, center console and elsewhere have a cheap-looking shininess that just isn't common anymore, and the molded-plastic power window switches look second-rate.

More problematic than the dated design are the uncomfortable front bucket seats, which are some of the worst I've experienced in a new car. They're excessively soft and lumpy, without enough support for long-drive comfort. The Impala is the only new car that offers a front bench seat, which increases seating capacity to six. The backseat is big enough to comfortably fit adult passengers, but foot space is restricted by the bulky lower part of the front seats.

The Impala LT has 18.6 cubic feet of cargo room. That's more than the Charger and Azera offer, as both have around 16 cubic feet of trunk space, but less than the Taurus' 20.1 cubic feet. The Impala's cargo area is free of obstructions that might snag luggage. An optional folding backseat increases the amount of space for cargo, but it uses an older design that requires you to first flip forward the seat's bottom cushion before folding the backrest.

Safety
The 
Chevrolet Impala received an overall rating of four out of five stars in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests. Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the car its top rating, Good, for its performance in frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, and the next-best rating, Acceptable, for both roof strength and neck protection in rear-end collisions.

Standard safety features include antilock brakes and an electronic stability system, which are required on all new vehicles as of the 2012 model year. Additionally, there are standard side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows.

For a full list of safety features, check out the Features & Specs page. To see how child-safety seats fit in the car, visit the Car Seat Check.

Impala in the Market
Despite its dated feel overall, the 
Chevrolet Impala remains the best-selling full-size sedan by a wide margin. So what gives? A closer look at the sales figures holds the answer and helps explain the car's image problem: The Impala is incredibly popular with fleet buyers.

Fleet operators buy all kinds of cars, but of the Impala's nearly 180,000 registrations in 2011, around 73 percent went to rental, government and commercial fleets, according to R.L. Polk data, with rental companies making up 80 percent of all fleet registrations. Competitors like the Taurus and Charger also have a significant fleet presence: Among 2011 registrations, around 48 and 54 percent, respectively, see fleet service.

The Impala's fleet popularity could change with the upcoming 2014 model, which is positioned as both a premium and efficient offering, as it will be available with a mild-hybrid drivetrain. Fleet buyers might be ambivalent about the new Chevrolet Impala, but for regular car shoppers, the replacement couldn't come soon enough.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Great deal

by PageAutobrokerllc from Atlanta,Ga on August 7, 2018

Dependable. Vehicle is set at a great price. This car has a current Emission with 148k miles. It is ready to be driven on a daily basics Read full review

(4.0)

Great fun to drive vehicle

by DanL from Jupiter, FL on July 13, 2018

The car had great performance with a 305hp v6 engine. Gas was very expensive. Partly due to the 18.5 gallon tank and big engine. The interior was a little boring but the car drove great overall. I put ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Chevrolet Impala currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Chevrolet Impala LS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Chevrolet
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Impala received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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