“But American cars just aren’t as good as Japanese or German cars…”
Many assume that Consumer Reports has its biases in testing, but those apparently didn’t come into effect when it came to the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, which scored an impressive 95 points out of 100 in its evaluations.
“Overall, Consumer Reports found the Impala is competitive with cars that cost $20,000 more, including the Audi A6 and Lexus LS460L, as well as the recently reviewed Acura RLX and Jaguar XF,” the publication said of the car in a statement.
Only the BMW 135i and Tesla Model S have scored higher.
“Consumer Reports engineers found the Impala rides like a luxury sedan, with a cushy and controlled demeanor, while delivering surprisingly agile handling, capable acceleration, and excellent braking,” Consumer Reports said. “The Impala corners quite well for a large car, with prompt turn-in response and controlled body lean. Steering is nicely weighted; it’s light enough for parking maneuvers and provides decent feedback. When pushed to its handling limits, the Impala proved secure, responsive, balanced, and easy to control.
Previously, the rental fleet queen model that this car is replacing scored a 63 out of 100, making near the bottom of its class and too low to be recommended. The current model still isn’t on CR’s “Recommended” list, but that’s only because it’s too new to know how its reliability holds up over the course of long-term ownership.
When we drove the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, we found it a formidable car in its class, but we said that the top-level model wouldn’t be our choice if it were our money. Still, we found the car enjoyable and well worth the wait for the all-new model. Turns out we weren’t alone.
In addition to being the top-ranked full-size mainstream sedan, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala is also the first American car to top its full-size sedan rankings in 20 years. Well, if you don’t count the seven-seater Tesla Model S that scored a 99 earlier this year. That thing also competes in a wholly different price and luxury class.
As darlings of Consumer Reports like Toyota struggle haplessly for–gasp–second place, Chevrolet and GM have scored a major upset. That certainly wouldn’t have happened five years ago as GM was sinking fast and heading into its darkest time. May it keep on having far more hits than misses.
Source: Consumer Reports