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.