(WMC-TV) - The Chevrolet Impala has been around since 1958. Back then, it was the best-selling car in America.
The Impala has been redesigned several times since then. Consumer Reports said over the years, it fell on tough times and became woefully uncompetitive.
But for 2014, Chevrolet has come out with an Impala that has really impressed Consumer Reports' auto team. 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.
The LTZ version costs around $39,000 and comes standard with advanced safety equipment, including blind-spot monitoring and lane departure/forward-collision warning.
"We've seen a big improvement in American cars recently with a lot of successful redesigns, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300, Ford Escape and Ford Fusion," said Consumer Reports' auto engineer Tom Mutchler. "The Impala is perhaps the most impressive transformation yet."
The Impala now out-scores cars such as the Audi A6 and Lexus LS that cost thousands of dollars more.