July 31, 2013
2014 Chevrolet Impala Scores With Consumer Reports
With a kind assist from our friends at Top Speed.
In the 1960’s, the Chevrolet Impala was considered a muscle car. But these, its image has changed into a family car. The redesigned Impala’s front end is similar to the sweeping front of the Camaro. It has redesigned taillights and the twin exhaust is molded into the bumper. Its body is enhanced with chrome accents, and sits on top of chrome 18-inch wheels giving the new Impala a luxurious look. The Impala’s interior has sound insulation with the four-cylinder models. Chevy claims it to be the “quietest full-size sedan ever.”
Back in 1992, Consumer Reports began using a numerical scoring system to rank the vehicles they test. With a perfect score being 100, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala scored an impressive 95, which is a complete turnaround from its previous score of 63.
The redesigned Impala is now based on the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS and is classified as a large sedan. It is the top of its class and considered to be one of the best vehicles ever tested.
Consumer Reports says it rides like a luxury sedan with agile handling, good acceleration, and excellent braking. It has a spacious interior with high-quality materials and trim, easy to use controls, and a large trunk. One of the testers from Consumer Reports states, “There’s little the Impala doesn’t do well.”
It gets competitive fuel mileage with 22 mpg out of the 3.6-liter V6 and has a six-speed automatic transmission. Although it ranks high in the report there is a minor drawback with the Impala. Rear visibility is restricted making it difficult to back up in a crowded parking lot.
With a score of 95 / 100, the Impala becomes the first domestic vehicle to top the rankings since Consumer Reports began numerical scoring 20 years ago. Only the Tesla Model S and the BMW 1 Series coupe scored better in this year’s report.
The model tested was the redesigned 2014 Impala, costing $39,510 compared to the base version cost of $37,750. There is no reliability report on the Impala because it is a new model, so Consumer Reports cannot recommend it.
Also, this month from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Impala received a five star safety score. Gay Kent, the GM general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness said, “Safety is a key consideration for all car buyers, and Impala sets a new benchmark for Chevrolet’s flagship sedan. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is designed to provide excellent crash safety, and offers customers several safety technologies not previously available in Chevrolets.”
A statement from Consumer Reports magazine says, “It has been transformed from a woefully uncompetitive and outdated model that was to be avoided even as a free upgrade at the rental-car counter into a thoroughly modern and remarkably enjoyable vehicle.”
Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports automotive testing said, “The Impala’s performance is one more indicator of an emerging domestic renaissance. A number of other models from U.S.-based automakers have also stood out recently.”
Consumer Reports is the most influential resource with car buyers and does not accept any advertising, buying all the cars they test.
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