2013 Chevrolet Impala Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Dated in styling, safety, and comfort, the 2013 Chevrolet Impala still earns credit for interior space, highway gas mileage, and low prices.

The Chevrolet Impala has been caught in a time warp. New in 2004, but even then a revamp of an existing platform, it's been riding on fleet sales for more than a decade, while the competition--Azera, Avalon, Taurus, and 300--have been getting stronger, and growing their followings.

For 2013, the Impala keeps its pace unchanged, prepping instead for a new sedan due in the 2014 model year. As the final version of a model that's long since passed its prime, the Impala still provides good interior space and a low price, which is why it sells well to fleet buyers.

Last year's updated powertrain helps press its case, too. The new 303-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 is an expensively engineered piece of hardware that's also used in Cadillac's lineup, and it pairs well with a new six-speed transmission. While we haven't yet driven the Impala since this powertrain transplant, we expect performance and responsiveness to be much-improved.

Unfortunately, not enough has changed regarding the Impala's interior, or handling, or features to steer shoppers back to the fold. The large front-wheel-drive sedan looks bland from the outside, and inside, the plain, plasticky dash isn't any better--a reminder of how the company's interiors used to be, before the much more stylish Malibu and Cruze hit the market.

The Impala's plentiful interior space and huge trunk are hard to argue with, but the front seats are wide, flat, soft, and springy, in the way that seats used to be--good for Interstate drives but not corners. Most models get folding rear seats that bring out impressive cargo versatility.

All Impala models include Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, plus satellite radio, steering-wheel controls, a trip computer, and keyless entry. That's basically a feature set designed to make fleets happy (they're still a big portion of Impala customers). You can get things like Bose sound, remote start, fancier wheels, leather seats, and dual-zone climate control in upper trims, but you won't find a USB port or iPod interface, let alone a navigation system or media hub.

From what we've already seen, these shortcomings have been addressed with the 2014 Chevy Impala that's due early next year. Until then, the '13 model's mostly hanging around for continuity's sake, and for the folks who buy cars by the dozen.

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March 15, 2017
2016 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT

Great car, great value!

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I did a ton of research and even used the information from The Car Connection during the negotiations. Love my new Chevy Impala! My friends love it too and wish that they would have gotten the great deal that... + More »
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February 9, 2017
2016 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT

I Love this car

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This is the car I always wanted it's big enough it fast enough it got great styling and it looks great in motion buy one you will love it
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May 24, 2016
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LT w/1LT

Great Roomy Sedan

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I find that the car has a nice ride, great features for the price of the vehicle, very good interior space, and sufficient power for my driving needs. I like the exterior design of the car and the interior... + More »
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March 6, 2016
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ

100% improvement

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Outstanding in all aspects handling, style, power, fuel consumption!
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December 8, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ

Wise selection..

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Stylish and very "user" friendly......................................
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December 6, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LT w/3LT

dependable

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Drove across Canada 5500 klms and back no problems average 38mpg with a full load.Lots of room for passengers and luggage and power to pass.
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October 26, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ

excellent car, I can think of anythingnto change

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I can't believe this car, beautiful inside and out, full of the latest features. Drives excellent, super comfortable and good gas mileage especially on the highway for such a big comfortable sedan. Feels solid... + More »
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October 14, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ

This is a great car and I'm getting better than advertised gas milelage.

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Exterior color is Ashen Gray Metallic, inside all leather also in a similar gray color. Includes sun roof and close all the options. On a 300 mi trip I got 31.7 mpg, all highway travel. I'm averaging over... + More »
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October 12, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ w/2LZ

Beautiful car. It does everything I want it to.

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This is my first new luxury car and I love it. The comfort and build quality are excellent, the engine is smooth and very powerful. The interior layout fits me perfectly. I'm very impressed.
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August 28, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Sedan LT w/2LT

My leg hurts

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After 1 week my leg hurts. .. the exterior style is really nice.. a very aggressive look and stance.(even more so on LTZ) BUT..they failed to carry that over to the rear tail lights.. the sad droopy look is... + More »
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