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Impala named top sedan

By Tara Baukus Mello ·
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Posted: 6 am ET

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was named the top large sedan in recent Consumer Reports testing, outscoring luxury competitors that cost up to $20,000 more and marking the first domestic brand car to get the top rating in two decades.


The Chevy Impala, which has been redesigned for 2014, went from the bottom of its category in Consumer Reports with a score of 63 to a score of 95. The new high score puts it at the top of its category, "large sedan," as well as puts it in third place of all cars the nonprofit has tested, right behind the Tesla Model S and the BMW 135i coupe.

Consumer Reports found that the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala competes with cars that cost as much as $20,000 more, including the Audi A6, Acura RLX, Jaguar XF and Lexus LS460L. Still, the nonprofit cannot give the new Impala its "recommended" rating, since it is too new to have reliability data.

Are you surprised the new Impala has made such an impressive showing? Would you consider buying it over an import sedan?

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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August 04, 2013 at 11:43 am

RELIABILITY! I will get rid of my BMW and Lexus when detroit can build a RELIABLE vehicle. we will see how this car turns out. consumer reports is TOTAL BS.

August 04, 2013 at 11:31 am

When GM can make a car that can last over 75,000 miles than I'll consider buying one. Love my Nissan.

August 04, 2013 at 11:29 am

Good for GM. Bottom of the line brand for GM gets this win. I bet CR didn't take into account all the poor souls that bought Impala's with the 3.5 liter engine and head gaskets blowing like crazy. Our good friend has a 2008 Impala, head gaskets went. It sat as shop for weeks waiting for parts because so many Impala's had the same issue. Then the bolts were so corroded, some broke off during the repair so another delay. He got the car back and it just doesn't run like it used to and now use oil, which it never did before. I've been driving a Leaf (Nissan) and so far, zero maintenance. Only thing they recommend over the 2-year lease is a new cabin filter and rotate the tires. Excellent, worry-free commuter and $200 a month, zero money down.

georg farmer
August 04, 2013 at 11:18 am

It looks okay But I'm keeping my bmw....

aldwin abad
August 04, 2013 at 11:16 am

Its looks okay But I'm keeping my bike....

August 04, 2013 at 11:14 am

Good for GM.....but I love my Chrysler 300 S

August 04, 2013 at 9:01 am

See how the government helps Government Motors.

August 04, 2013 at 8:39 am

Just makes me feel good knowing that most times, what CR says is bs, and they have no clue. BINGO! This car is ranked lower than the Charger in all CR listings all the time, and is really not even close to the Charger in style and performance, yet it wins.

Typical CR cluelessness!

August 04, 2013 at 2:02 am

Interesting that an electric car with a 200 mile range and price that a very large percentage of the consumers could/would never afford is a top two consumer car.

And go to the web page, the monthly price shown is AFTER gas savings......

August 04, 2013 at 1:16 am

Its looks okay But I'm keeping my Honda....