2013 Chevrolet Impala LTZ 3.6 V6 from North America

Summary:

Nice!

Faults:

This was a rental during a recent vacation. Nothing went wrong in the 2 weeks I rented this car.

General Comments:

I enjoyed this car very much in the 2 weeks I rented it during my recent vacation. This was the top of the line LTZ model, and even had a sunroof. A sporty red in colour, and it felt quite sporty for a large car. My usual car at home is a Toyota Corolla, which is much smaller, but I had no trouble getting used to this car.

The quality seemed good, GM has really improved in recent years. This car drove very nice and the gas mileage (about 30 MPG highway) was not bad for a large car. Smooth and comfortable on the highway, I drove it from Chicago to all over Michigan and Northern Indiana and back during the 2 weeks.

I liked it so much, I would seriously consider buying one when I am ready for my next car. I have seen the 2014 Impala, which appears to be even better than this one. I want to break my Toyota and Honda habit and buy American next; and it will be Chevrolet. Fords were fine until they put in that horrible My Ford Touch system (I now wouldn't touch a Ford with a 39 1/2 foot pole just because of that). Chrysler is not even an option - I had a 1993 Plymouth Acclaim that was the absolute WORST car I ever had. I have had Chevrolets in the past and they were good to me, so my next car will likely be a Chevy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2013

2013 Chevrolet Impala from North America

Summary:

I wanted to like this car, it had a lot going for it. But those seats...

Faults:

Not applicable.

General Comments:

Rental. Wonderful performance. Did not experience exceptional torque steer under full load, but it will keep you on your toes. Did not note any problems associated with the fly-by-wire throttle. Nicely calibrated shift points; particularly enjoyed the sound/feel on upshift - almost like a snap-shift on a stick.

Good mileage: 33 and change at 75-80 on the way up, just shy of 30 coming back, but had the O/D inadvertently locked-out for ~150 miles (tired, and no indicator other than tach). Held ~24 MPG in town, but only checked it for 20 miles.

Interior is very quiet and controls are logical, simple, and easy to understand. Sightlines forward are good; to side and rear forget about it. Seats (see below) are right on floor, coupled with high beltline and miniscule mirrors. Makes lane changes a guessing game.

Seats (LT model) are a complete abomination. Driver's seat may be coerced into a semblance of comfort, but the passenger is confined to a medieval torture device. Absolutely no support in any category you care to mention. The problem is compounded by an aggressive headrest stance; the head is forced forward, and the seat must be reclined, resulting in lower-back compression. I have to wonder how many sales GM has lost due simply to these seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th May, 2013