Here’s a sign of the changing times: for the first time since Consumer Reports started tracking the best sedans, a domestic model has filled the top slot. The 2014 Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Impala, with a score of 95 points, has secured the number one position. More impressively, the Impala’s predecessor scored a mere 63 points in last year’s rankings, a number that doesn’t even qualify the car to be recommended.
Notably, from 2013 back to 1994 when CR began rating the best sedans, there is neither hide nor hair of another domestic car. The list is instead full of BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, Lexus, and other luxury cars, but there’s not a Cadillac nor a Ford (NYSE:F) to be seen. For argument’s sake, CR does list the top domestic sedan, where Cadillacs and Ford are far better represented.
However, with the Impala breaking new ground for domestic manufacturers, the stakes have been raised and it’s quite possible that the improved and far more competitive products coming from the U.S.—the new Ford Fusion, for instance—will see greater representation moving forward. That being said, here are the top cars that have been ranked first going back to the mid-90s.
1. Chevrolet Impala
With its score of 95 points out of 100, the 2013 Chevrolet Impala has scored the top slot, beating out the incumbent Japanese and German competitors, as well as its domestic rival, the Ford Fusion. Chevrolet has made it clear that it’s shying away from the fleet-filler formula for the Impala, and opting for a more consumer-oriented vehicle.