Chevrolet Impala has earned top ratings from Consumer Reports-outscoring much more expensive foreign-made luxury sedans. It's a real comeback for an American Classic.
The Chevrolet Impala has been around since 1958. Back then it was the best-selling car in America.
Matthew Serino has been restoring Impalas since he was in high school.
Serino says, "They've become a classic for a lot of reasons. They're luxurious. They handle well. They've always been a great-looking car."
The Impala has been redesigned several times since then and over the years feel on tough times and became woefully uncompetitive.
But for 2014, Chevrolet has come out with an all-new Impala that's really impressed Consumer Reports' auto team.
Tom Mutchler says, "It rides like a luxury sedan, cushy and yet controlled. At the same time, acceleration is quick and handling is surprisingly agile for such a large sedan."
This top-of-the-line LTZ version costs around 39-thousand dollars and comes standard with advanced safety equipment, including blind-spot monitoring, lane departure and forward collision warning.
That's a big change from the 1958 Impala that had no seatbelts and of course, no air bags.
While old Impalas had an AM radio, the new Impala is totally state-of-the-art. The MyLink system has a simple touch screen, but there are still good old knobs and buttons, too.
Mutchler says, "We've seen big improvement in American cars recently with a lot of successful redesigns. The Impala is perhaps the most impressive transformation yet."
It now outscores cars like the Audi A6 and Lexus LS that cost many thousand of dollars more.
As for Matthew Serino, he's all excited about the new Impala.
Serino says, "I think it's going to put the car back on the map again."
Consumer Reports says there have been several other successful American redesigns recently.
They include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300, Ford Escape, and Ford Fusion.