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2014 Chevrolet Impala Rockets to Top of Ratings in Consumer Reports Test


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Just the Facts:
  • The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala is the first domestic car to top Consumer Reports large sedan ratings in 20 years.
  • Once an underdog and fleet mainstay that typically received "mediocre" scores from Consumer Reports, the Impala is now the focus of a glowing review that describes the car as experiencing a "phoenix-like turnaround."
  • The win is a "big deal," according to Michelle Krebs, Edmunds senior analyst, who notes "it is rare that any Detroit automaker wins rave reviews from Consumer Reports."

DETROIT — The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Impala is the first domestic car to top Consumer Reports large sedan ratings in 20 years, reflecting a major victory for General Motors and the Motor City.

Once an underdog and fleet mainstay that typically received "mediocre" scores from Consumer Reports, the Impala is now the focus of a glowing review that describes the car as experiencing a "phoenix-like turnaround."

"The Impala's performance is one more indicator of an emerging domestic renaissance," said Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports automotive testing, in a statement. "We've seen a number of redesigned American models — including the Chrysler 300, Ford Escape and Fusion, and Jeep Grand Cherokee — deliver world-class performance in our tests."

The Impala now occupies some rarified air at Consumer Reports. It is among the top-rated vehicles Consumer Reports has tested. Only the Tesla Model S and BMW 135i have higher test scores. Last year, the Infiniti G37 Journey took home top large sedan honors. The Impala edged out its Japanese and European rivals who have occupied the top spot for at least two decades.

In a phone conversation with Edmunds, Consumer Reports spokesman C. Matt Fields said the Impala "beat anything with four doors and a trunk" in the large sedan category.

"(Impala) scores higher than the Chrysler 300, Nissan Maxima, Hyundai Azera, Buick LaCrosse," he said. "It beat out the BMW 328i, Mercedes-Benz C250 and Acura TSX. It beat out at least more than a dozen vehicles — everything that would be on most consumers' shopping lists."

Consumer Reports engineers noted that the Impala's victory is especially sweet, given Detroit's bankruptcy filing last week and the ongoing concerns about any impact it may have on the Motor City's image.

The stunning assessment of the Impala likened the car to more expensive luxury rides.

"Overall, Consumer Reports found the Impala is competitive with cars that cost $20,000 more, including the Audi A6 and Lexus LS 460L, as well as the recently reviewed Acura RLX and Jaguar XF," said Consumer Reports in a statement.

The 2014 Impala starts at $27,535, including an $810 destination charge.

The win is a "big deal," according to Michelle Krebs, Edmunds senior analyst, who notes "it is rare that any Detroit automaker wins rave reviews from Consumer Reports."

Ironically, Consumer Reports says it can't recommend the 2014 Impala because it is too new for the consumer watchdog to have gathered reliability data. To be recommended, a vehicle must perform well in Consumer Reports' battery of tests, have average or better reliability in Consumer Reports' Annual Auto Survey and perform well in government and industry crash tests.

The 2014 Impala earned a five star overall crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Edmunds says: Consumer Reports is calling the Impala win "historic." Congratulations to General Motors on an impressive achievement.

Comments

  • Saw one at the state fair, sharp looking car but way bigger than I need/want. I find it interesting that the G37 and Impala are in the same size category given that the G37 is over a foot shorter

  • bizzle1 bizzle1 Posts:

    WOW, WHAT A CAR! Absolutely loving the new 2014 Chevy Impala. This is the TOP sedan on MY list. I want one so bad! This IS the best sedan on the market. The Impala is the most respected nameplate in the auto industry. This is the 10th generation Impala!!!!!!!!!! An iconic American nameplate that goes back to 1958! It's an American classic! This one surely lives up to it's name. Sexiest sedan in the world hands down! Always has been and always will be. It is the best selling car of all time! It sold 1 million units one year and it still holds the world record in sales for that. The Impala is not just any ordinary car. It's magical. GM is showing it's greatness once again. Nice work GM!

  • zoomzoomn zoomzoomn Posts:

    Good for Chevy. All of this would be so impressive...if it weren't for the fact that every model listed (read: Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Ford Escape and Fusion, and Jeep Grand Cherokee) is based on a European and/or world counterpart platforms and technology. Just saying. Impala (Epsilon II platform developed by Opel), Chrysler 300 (LX platform evolution by Fiat of old W211 Mercedes platform), Ford Escape (Ford's Global C platform) and Fusion (European Mondeo platform), and Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2 Mercedes platform).

  • ctizzle ctizzle Posts:

    @mcrognale - dude, seriously....just go home!

  • jeffinoh jeffinoh Posts:

    Its ironic that Consumer Reports HATED the Cadillac XTS, which is esentially the same car. Guess that makes the cheaper whore the prettier one. But did ya notice how with fewer brands of GM they seem to have more great cars than they know what to do with??? All the better to pay back McGrumpy up there. He probably drives a Hyundai and complains about high unemployment.

  • beemer66_ beemer66_ Posts:

    There is also a lot of misinformation out there regarding the investors. Bonds -- even government bonds -- aren't risk free investments. The value of a bond is the perceived likelihood of the issuer being able to pay the interest until maturity and then redeem the bond. Bonds are rated accordingly -- and the risk is reflected in the interest rate and the value of the bond. GM bonds had been rated as junk for many years before bankruptcy. However, the biggest misconception -- or deliberate omission -- is that bonds trade just like stocks too. You can buy bonds that were issued five or ten years ago. The bondholders at the time of GM's bankruptcy may not be the bondholders who originally purchased the bonds -- or even the ones who lost money. In a bankruptcy, bondholders exchange their old debt for new debt, equity, or both. This happened at GM too. Most bondholders readily took the new deal -- the liquidation value of GM was peanuts. There was a small group who lobbied for the government to redeem the bonds at face value -- regardless of the price that they were purchased at. At the darkest hours, there were still people buying GM stocks and bonds, pressuring the government to "make things right". They would have made a killing at taxpayer's expense. The government was smart enough not to do it, but it seems like a lot of commentors have fallen for this hook, line and sinker.

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