The big news from the most recent round of Consumer Reports Top List may have been all about the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, but let’s not forget the compact car’s bigger brother.
Even though it’s a largely shrunken segment in the U.S., large car sales still play a part in automakers’ bottom lines. CR said the Impala was the best of the best and had shaken its rental car illness of the past.
“I know when we first said the Chevy Impala was a top pick, there was a lot of confused faces,” Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing, said. “This is not the rental car version. This is the new version that they have which drives like a luxury vehicle, continues to be reliable and it’s just good owner satisfaction. It drives terrific.”
The Impala may have helped the Cruze’s case, too; CR basically called the new Cruze a scaled down version of the Impala in many ways.
“The best way to describe (the Cruze) is they took the Impala and they shrunk it down and have many of the same virtues in a smaller package,” Fisher said.
“If you look at the competitors, you look at Corollas or any other compact cars, there’s a lot that they could learn from the Cruze in terms of ride, quietness and just a substantial-feeling vehicle, along with having the latest infotainment, which again you can navigate.”
For all the love found in the Cruze and Impala, it wasn’t enough for the brand to crack into the top 10 brands overall. However, Buick found a home at number eight this year, making it the only American brand, outside of Tesla, to secure a spot.