The newly designed 2014 Chevrolet Impala has received an automotive honor no other American-made car has achieved in at least 20 years. It’s been named best sedan by Consumer Reports.
Dominated by models from Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and the German cars, editors of the publication rated the Impala at 95 out of 100. The magazine called the iconic Chevy “excellent,” the reverse of the magazine’s assessment of the car’s 2013 model.
Last year, Consumer Reports said the 2013 Chevy model was “woefully uncompetitive and not worthy of driving even as a free upgrade at a rental company.”
The Chevy Impala, introduced in 1958, debuted its 10th generation with 2014 models. The starting MSRP is $26,725, and the Impala TLZ model earned its top Consumer Reports honor over the Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger and Toyota Avalon.
“The Impala’s performance is one more indicator of an emerging domestic renaissance,” said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports automotive testing.
A score of 95 makes the new Impala among the highest-rated vehicles CR has ever reviewed. The Hyundai Genesis came second on the list with a 92 rating and the Toyota Avalon was third at 85.
Last year, Consumer Reports rated the previous version of the Impala with a score of 63 out of 100.