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2013 Chevrolet Impala Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Chevrolet Impala was new.


Performance: 6.5

Reviewers say that the 2013 Chevrolet Impala features a powerful V6 engine and a comfortable ride, but unfortunately for driving enthusiasts, the Impala’s pros do not outweigh its cons. Critics note that rival large cars have a more refined ride and offer better handling than the 2013 Impala.

  • "The 2013 Impala gains greatly from the recently adopted 3.6-liter V6. This 300-horsepower engine is velvety-smooth, silent and strong." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The car's suspension also gets high marks for ride comfort. There's a price to be paid for this plushness, however, and that's indifferent handling that leaves much to be desired." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "With authority, I might add. New ticker installed, the Impala is as light on its feet as Don Ameche in the second act of Cocoon." -- Fox News (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Chevrolet Impala has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 300 horsepower, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The EPA reports that the Impala gets 18/30 mpg city/highway, which is a bit lower than most cars in the class. 

Auto writers are generally pleased with the Impala’s V6 engine, which debuted on the 2012 model. They say that the Impala offers competitive power and a smooth-shifting transmission. While rivals like the Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300 and Ford Taurus are more fuel-efficient, many test drivers are pleased with the Impala’s fuel economy.

  • "The 6-speed automatic transmission delivers seamless shifts and helps the 2013 Chevy Impala sedan achieve an impressive 30-mpg rating on the highway." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Here the flex-fuel unit produces a very healthy 300 hp, almost as much as the V8 that was last offered in the front-wheel-drive Impala in the (perhaps not so) good old days of 2009. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 30 mpg on the highway, impressive for such a big boy." -- Fox News (2012)
  • "The new 300-hp V6 under the hood is a distinct improvement over either of the two uninspiring engines that previously occupied that space. With an additional 90 hp on tap, this powertrain delivers competitive acceleration." -- Edmunds (2012)

Handling and Braking

Though the Impala offers a comfortable ride and strong brakes, test drivers say that rival large cars offer more refinement and better handling.

  • "Regardless of trim, the Impala delivers a soft, comfortable ride ideal for straight, smooth pavement, but sporty handling is not its forte." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Most would be better served by the more capable and refined driving character of its competitors." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Any Impala is stable with good steering feel, though no model can be described as agile. Stopping control is good." -- Consumer Guide (2011)

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