First produced in the late 1950s, the Chevrolet Impala is a popular midsized vehicle manufactured under the Chevrolet/General Motors brand. The Impala itself is currently in its 11th generation of production, although the 2013 Chevrolet Impala falls under the model's ninth generation release. And while the Impala has seen lapses in production throughout the years, such as the hiatus between 1996 and 2000, the vehicle is one of Chevy's top-selling sedans today.
Interestingly enough, the 2013 Chevrolet Impala did not see many significant changes compared to its 2012 release. This was likely because Chevy already had plans to completely overhaul the vehicle for 2014, which has brought it to full-size status. Still, there were a few changes and upgrades worth noting with the 2013 model, including a more powerful and efficient engine. Additional changes included:
The 2013 Chevrolet Impala also featured three trim levels: the base LS, LT, and LTZ - in addition to the aforementioned Luxury Edition package available for the LT.
First impressions are a bit of a mixed bag behind the wheel of the 2013 Chevrolet Impala. While this model year did see an improved engine both in terms of power and fuel efficiency, some drivers reported that the vehicle's handling is lackluster in comparison to other midsized vehicles in its class. It is worth noting, however, that the vehicle delivers a quiet and comfortable ride across the board, and its acceleration is quite impressive as well. Overall, the driving experience of the 2013 Chevrolet Impala is probably not anything to write home about, but it is an enjoyable enough ride and makes an excellent commute vehicle.
Those looking for a budget-friendly vehicle that retains its value well have a good choice in the 2013 Chevrolet Impala. With used prices starting under $15,000 and replacement parts easy to come by, the overall cost of ownership is quite low - especially in comparison to some competitors like the Subaru Legacy and Kia Optima. However, its starting price is notably higher than some of its competitors that offer similar (and sometimes better) specs, such as the Ford Taurus and Ford Fusion. Many drivers, however, enjoy that they're able to obtain the feel of a luxury vehicle with the 2013 Impala's available Luxury Edition package without paying the high price tag that comes along with some of the luxury brands in the midsize sedan market.
Despite its plans for a total redesign in 2014, drivers of the 2013 Chevrolet Impala enjoyed the upgraded engine that bumped all trim levels up to a 3.6-liter V6. The new powertrain replaced an existing pair of available and standard engines (including a four-cylinder), but these upgrades still fall short when compared to the powertrain in some of the Impala's competitors. This, combined with the lackluster handling, make for a somewhat disappointing performance. Still, drivers enjoy the improved fuel efficiency and quiet ride afforded by the 2013 Impala's V6.
The only engine option available with the 2013 Chevrolet Impala is the 3.6-liter V6 with 300 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque - allowing this vehicle to pack quite a bit of power under the hood for a midsized sedan. This engine also comes standard with six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive with improved fuel economy in comparison to previous model years. Drivers will have no trouble accelerating to freeway speeds and keeping up with the flow of traffic in this vehicle.
Despite an increase in trunk space in the 2013 Chevrolet Impala, the overall design of the interior is still lacking a bit. Specifically, drivers have noted that the seats themselves could use a re-design, as they don't have the same comfort as others in the class and can feel a bit stiff on longer commutes. Furthermore, while there is a decent amount of head and room in both the front and back seats, leg room is a bit lacking. Fortunately, the LT and LTZ models come with rear-folding seats for added storage (beyond its standard 18.6 cubic feet) when needed.
As far as the exterior design goes, this vehicle won't catch many eyes on the road and is rather unassuming compared to others in its class. Exterior features of the 2013 Chevrolet Impala include:
Overall, the 2013 Chevrolet Impala may not be the most exciting vehicle in its class, but it does provide a dependable ride from point A to point B.