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New Impala tops sedans in Consumer Reports’ tests

July 25, 2013 • Business


This undated photo provided by Chevrolet shows the 2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ. A completely reworked version of the full-size car has taken Consumer Reports magazine’s top spot for all sedans, deposing German and Japanese cars for the first time in at least 20 years. (AP Photo/Chevrolet)

DETROIT (AP) — The first American sedan in 20 years to earn Consumer Reports’ top score is the Chevrolet Impala. Really.

The magazine has ranked the completely reworked 2014 version of the full-size car as its top U.S. sedan, based on ride, handling, quality of materials and other factors. It’s the first time in two decades that a domestic brand has beaten cars from Germany and Japan.

For the Impala, it’s quite a comeback. The previous version of the car was more commonly found on rental car lots than in suburban garages. Even longtime Impala fans didn’t want one. Three years ago, Consumer Reports described the car’s ride as “unsettled” and “nervous.”

The redesigned Impala, which began arriving at dealers in April, scored 95 out of 100 points in the magazine’s testing to get an “Excellent” rating. That put it ahead of traditional large car competitors Login to read more

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