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What? The Chevy Impala is good?

By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com
Monday, August 5, 2013
Posted 5 am ET

A few years ago, would you have expected Consumer Reports to rank two American-made cars among its top three? That's what happened in the magazine's rankings of the incoming crop of 2014 models. The highest-scoring car was the American-made electric Tesla Model S, followed by the BMW 135i and the Chevrolet Impala.

Yes, the Impala.

In this week's podcast, Mark Hamrick interviews:

  • Jeff Bartlett, deputy auto editor for Consumer Reports. Bartlett explains whether he believes the impressive Impala is an outlier in the General Motors family, and how he measures affordability. (He's not a fan of five-year car loans.)
  • Tara Baukus Mello, auto writer for Bankrate. Mello discusses whether Detroit is all the way back, and explains when it's a good idea to buy a 2013 model at a discount and when it's better to buy a 2014 model.
  • And Polyana da Costa, Bankrate's senior mortgage reporter, explains why you shouldn't give up on refinancing, even if you missed the record-low rates last spring.

Bankrate Audio

Mark

Hamrick

Washington Bureau Chief, Bankrate.com

Jeff

Bartlett

Deputy auto editor, Consumer Reports

Tara

Baukus Mello

Auto writer, Bankrate.com

Polyana

da Costa

Senior mortgage reporter, Bankrate.com

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