After two decades of domination, Japanese and European models have lost the number one sedan spot in the US to one of the most iconic of American automotive names.

The Chevrolet Impala is now the number one US sedan according to Consumer Reports magazine which has been reviewing and testing cars for more the 75 years.

The influential consumer magazine said the redesigned 2014 Impala was not only the top large sedan, with a score of 95 of a possible 100 points, but also among the top-rated vehicles it tested. Only Tesla's Model S hatchback (99 points) and BMW's 135i coupe (97) scored higher.

The 2013 Impala scored just 63 points and the latest result shows the leaps General Motors is now making in terms of making desirable cars. The Impala had become known for its image as king of the rental cars.

Recognition for the Impala follows GM's performance last month in the JD Power quality survey in which the carmaker had eight cars and trucks named best in their segment with Chevy jumping 10 places to fifth among 33 brands.

The Impala used to get 70% of its sales from fleet customers, such as car rental companies. GM officials wants to improve the car’s retail performance.

Since 1992 the top-scoring sedan spot in the Consumer Reports rankings has been held 12 times by Japanese models and nine times by European ones. The latest survey found the 2014 Impala competitive with cars that cost US$20,000 more, including the Audi A6, Lexus LS460L, Acura RLX and Jaguar XF.

The magazine praised the new Impala for its luxurious feel; spacious and high-quality interior; easy-to-use and intuitive controls; and strong handling and braking.

However, because it is so new, there is no reliability data for the Impala and Consumer Reports did not add the large sedan to its "recommended" list.