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. Matthew Serino "They've become a classic for a lot of reasons. They're luxurious. They handle well. They've always been a great-looking car." The Impala has been redesigned several times since then and over the years fell on tough times and became woefully uncompetitive. But for 2014, Chevrolet has come out with an all-new Impala that's really impressed Consumer Reports' auto team. Tom Mutchler "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." This top-of-the-line LTZ version costs around 39-thousand dollars and comes standard with advanced safety equipment, including blind-spot monitoring, lane departure and forward collision warning. That's a big change from the 1958 Impala that had no seatbelts and of course, no air bags. While old Impalas had an AM radio, the new Impala is totally state-of-the-art. The MyLink system has a simple touch screen, but there are still good old knobs and buttons, too. "We've seen big improvement in American cars recently with a lot of successful redesigns. The Impala is perhaps the most impressive transformation yet." It now outscores cars like the Audi A6 and Lexus LS that cost many thousands of dollars more. As for Matthew Serino, he's all excited about the new Impala. Matthew Serino "I think it's going to put the car back on the map again." ."
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