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2013 Chevrolet Impala Preview

4/29/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Crystal Red Tintcoat: new color for 2013
  • Luxury Edition option package added for 2013
  • Final year of current-generation model
  • Larger wheels are standard for 2013
  • More powerful engine carries over from previous model year

Introduction
The Chevrolet Impala has, for the better part of the last 50 years, served as the maker's flagship model. Originally, it was positioned by the automaker as an entry-level "prestige car"--a full-size sedan with power and luxury features at an affordable price. In the 1990s the Impala was positioned as a powerful version of the Caprice Classic; in its current (ninth) generation it has been regarded as a more mainstream sedan. The 2013 Impala is a full-size, front-wheel-drive, 4-door sedan. It's offered in five trim levels--base LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1LTZ, and 2LTZ--and competes mainly with the Buick LaCrosse, Ford Taurus, and Hyundai Azera, among others. An all-new redesigned Impala will be introduced for the 2014 model year.

Exterior Features
The 2013 Chevrolet Impala is available in eight standard and two premium exterior colors. The base LS trim features 18-inch steel wheels with fascia-spoke wheel covers. The LT trim adds heated outside mirrors and painted alloy wheels. The LTZ upgrades to 19-inch wheels, higher-intensity headlights, and upgraded tires. The 2LTZ trim includes a power sunroof.

Interior Features
The 2013 Chevrolet Impala offers seating for five with standard front bucket seats, or six with the optional front bench seat. Grey cloth upholstery is standard, as are power windows, rear window defroster, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic headlights, cruise control, 6-way power driver's seat, and a 6-speaker sound system. The 1LT trim adds more adjustability to the driver's seat, and more storage compartments. The 1LTZ adds remote ignition and a full menu of safety features. Heated seats are standard on the upper trims, and leather upholstery is optional. The Impala offers 18.6 cubic feet of trunk space; an optional fold-down rear seat provides extra room for cargo.

Optional Features

The 2013 Chevrolet Impala offers option packages that add many of the features found on upper trim levels to lower trims. The Luxury Edition package includes heated driver and front passenger seats upholstered in leather, Bose 8-speaker sound system, upgraded mirrors, and other enhancements. The Comfort and Convenience package, available with the LTZ trim, adds ventilation to the front seats and heat to the steering wheel. It also adds memory settings to the driver's seat, outside mirrors, and steering wheel, upgrades the mirrors, and premium carpeted front and rear floor mats and trunk mat. Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control is available with the optional 20-inch wheels. Other available features and packages include Chevrolet MyLink with or without navigation system, upgraded audio, and various dealer-installed enhancements. Some items included in packages are available as individual options.

Under the Hood
All 2013 Chevrolet Impalas are fitted with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine rated at 300 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic. All Impalas employ front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chevrolet Impala are 18/30/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2013 Chevrolet Impala include front-seat side air bags and side curtain air bags, and GM's OnStar system. Upper trim levels add a rearview camera, lane-departure warning, rear park-assist sensors, and other safety features.

In government crash tests, the 2013 Chevrolet Impala received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Chevrolet Impala received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset and side-impact protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were "Acceptable."

Technology
Chevrolet's proprietary MyLink radio includes the latest mobile technology. It works with any compatible smartphone and Bluetooth wireless technology to stream content to its 7-inch high-resolution touch screen. It works via voice commands or touch controls to connect to Pandora or Stitcher SmartRadio or a flash drive or MP3 player through the USB port. The Gracenote technology will organize a music library by incorporating song information and album art. Optional adaptive cruise control maintains a safe distance from other vehicles, even applying the brakes if necessary.

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