Given its long-standing reputation as a car that was to be avoided, even as a free upgrade at the rental car counter, it is easy to have low expectations for the Chevrolet Impala. But a 2014 redesign dramatically transformed the Impala from a woefully uncompetitive and outdated model into a thoroughly modern and remarkably enjoyable car. This phoenixlike rise propelled it from the bottom of our large-sedan ratings to being one of the top-scoring cars we've tested. And in the process, it reclaimed a stature befitting such a classic nameplate.
There are lots of high points here. The new Impala rides like a luxury sedan, with a cushy and controlled demeanor, while delivering surprisingly agile handling, capable acceleration, and excellent braking.