What a difference a model year makes. Chastised as not worthy of a rental agency upgrade in 2013, the 10th generation 2014 Chevrolet Impala has been universally praised.

In late July, the new Impala made national headlines when it was named Sedan of the Year by Consumer Reports. It was the first time in 20 years an American car received the honor from the national magazine.

Dominated by models from Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and the German cars, editors of the publication rated the Impala at 95 out of 100. The magazine called the iconic Chevy “excellent.”

The 2014 Chvey Impala has been redesigned
From any angle, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala works. Image © James Raia/2013

With its 10th edition, the Chevy Impala, introduced in 1958, has a starting MSRP of  $26,725, nearly exactly 10 times more than its original price. The Impala TLZ model earned its top Consumer Reports honor over the Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger and Toyota Avalon.

A score of 95 makes the new Impala among the highest-rated vehicles CR has ever reviewed. The Hyundai Genesis came second on the list with a 92 rating and the Toyota Avalon was third at 85.

Last year, Consumer Reports rated the previous version of the Impala with a score of 63 out of 100.

Videographer Bruce Aldrich (www.tahoetruckeeoutdoor.com) and I video review the 2014 Chevrolet Impala below:

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