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After 55 years, Chevy Impala is hot again

Posted September 9, 2013

The 2013 Chevrolet Impala

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.

"They've become a classic for a lot of reasons,” he said. “They're luxurious. They handle well. They've always been a great-looking car."

Over the years, the Impala has been redesigned several times – and it sank in sales.

But for 2014, Chevrolet is out with an all-new Impala that has really impressed Consumer Reports.

"It rides like a luxury sedan: cushy and yet controlled,” said Tom Mutchler of Consumer Reports.

Testers say it also accelerates quickly and handles surprisingly well for a large sedan. The top-of-the-line LTZ version costs around $39,000 and comes standard with advanced safety equipment, including blind-spot monitoring and warnings if the driver is about to leave the lane or rear-end someone.

That's a big change from the 1958 Impala that had no seat belts and of course, no air bags.

Today's state-of-the-art model has a MyLink system that offers access to apps such as Pandora.

"We've seen a big improvement in American cars recently with a lot of successful redesigns,” Mutchler said. “The Impala is perhaps the most impressive transformation yet."

It actually outscores cars such as the Audi A6 and Lexus LS, which cost thousands more.

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  • carthoughts Sep 11, 9:25 a.m.

    I had a Corolla GTS as well! Other than terrifying nose dives under heavy braking I was always pretty impressed with the performance. Always a good day when a motorcycle company builds your top ends :-)

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 10, 4:18 p.m.

    I love the old Supras! Also the GTS corolla was just plan fun with just 117 stock HP. Can't find either one of those now unmolested.

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 10, 4:15 p.m.

    Also the new Impala will never be a classic as the all new vehicles are far to complex to keep running years down the road. After while you just can't find all the parts necessary to keep them on the road. One can do so with the old cars only because they are so simple manufacturers can rebuild and even replicate parts and it's economically viable to do so. Lets see anyone recreate a ABS control module years down the road for a specific model.

  • carthoughts Sep 10, 4:01 p.m.

    " Actually if a car is designed well can be fun to drive with out being that fast."

    Agreed, makes me miss my MkII Supra and first gen CRX :-)

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 10, 3:44 p.m.

    Just another front wheel drive go cart now. Give me something fast and fun to drive. Actually if a car is designed well can be fun to drive with out being that fast. Check out the new Subaru BRZ or the Scion FR-S they are most the same car.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sep 10, 3:29 p.m.

    Just don't buy it from Walter Raleigh Chevrolet - their service department is worthless.

  • carthoughts Sep 10, 2:51 p.m.

    I'm weary of the new "put-as-much-tech-as-we-can" mentality of the auto makers. If there's one thing we've seen time and again, is that tech get's dated very fast and leaves you with obsolete gadgets. Just think how cool the cell phone mounted to the center console was in mid-90's cars.

  • Preebok Sep 10, 11:22 a.m.

    Bought the 2014 on 6/29/13 and am in LOVE with it. CHEVYs RULE!

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Sep 10, 10:06 a.m.

    I rented an Impala recently and it is much quicker than the Dodge Challenger I'd previously rented. The Challenger had a better ride, but the Impala wants to take off fast. You've got to hold on until you get used to its acceleration. Both cars are excellent choices and had surprisingly good mileage for the power under the hood.