GM Winners

In the face the ample hype of the revival of General Motors — cynicism lingers about the complete redemption of the world’s second largest car-maker.

Based on two recent test drives of the all new Buick Encore small SUV crossover and the Chevrolet Impala full sized sedan — there is little doubt that GM has set a new standard for its 21st Century second act.

The fully equipped $33,000 Buick Encore is an oddly attractive egg-looking entry in the the crowded small SUV field. Powered by a feisty 1.4 liter Ecotec Turbo 4 cylinder engine — this spacious and convenient little people and cargo mover delivers excellent 26 mpg combined city/highway fuel economy.

The interior is stylish and substantial with a full list of safety and convenience features and the ride quality and All-Wheel Drive handling makes the Encore legit fun-to-drive.

The new Chevrolet Impala V6 powered full sized-sedan – one of the most iconic names of the mid-century glory days – is even more impressive. A svelte and sexy profile including back slung hips like a runway model — and a cool elegance throughout — make Impala a good value for the relatively high $35K standard price.