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For the first time in two decades, a car built by Detroit’s Big Three has surpassed the best vehicles from Japan and Europe to win the top spot among all sedans from Consumer Reports.

According to Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, the 2013 Chevrolet Impala's completely revamped model scored so high in the magazine’s testing that it is on the same footing as luxury models like Lexus and Jaguar.

CR says the Impala’s high score is proof that Detroit’s auto industry — and General Motors in particular — is truly coming back.

“The Impala’s performance is one more indicator of an emerging domestic renaissance,” says Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports automotive testing. “We’ve seen a number of redesigned American models — including the Chrysler 300, Ford Escape and Fusion, and Jeep Grand Cherokee — deliver world-class performance in our tests.”

The high score is made even more dramatic by how forgettable the outgoing version was considered.

With a score of 63 out of 100, the old one was not on the coveted recommended list. The new one earned a 95.

Now the score is so high, only two models can best it. One is the BMW 135i. The other is the all-electric Tesla Model S, which drew raves from the magazine as the best model it has tested in years.

If you haven't been to a GM dealership in some time, even if you're not considering a new car purchase, take a look at the Chevy Impala. If nothing else you can see that this vehicle has evolved... This is not the run-of-the-mill Impala of yesteryear.

"Impressive" doesn't come close to describing what they've accomplished with this car. Kudos, GM!