Revamped Impala scores big with Consumer Reports
2014 Chevy Impala outscores some foreign-made luxury sedans
The Chevrolet Impala may be on the road to a comeback.
The completely reworked 2014 Impala got top ratings for sedans in Consumer Reports tests. It's the first time in 20 years, a U.S. automaker topped the charts.
"It rides like a luxury sedan, cushy yet controlled," said Consumer Reports' auto expert Tom Mutchler. "At the same time, acceleration is quick, and handling is surprisingly agile for such a large sedan."
The 2014 model went on sale in April with a starting price of just under $27,000.
The top of the line LTZ version costs about $39,000. Safety equipment like blind spot monitoring and collision warnings come standard.
The new ride is a far cry from the Impala of 1958. The then-top-seller had no airbags and no seat belts.
A top rating is a big deal for General Motors and Detroit.
"We've seen big improvement in American cars recently with a lot of successful redesigns," Mutchler said. "The Impala is perhaps the most impressive yet.
Copyright 2013 by Consumer Reports. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.