- May 20, 2014
Consumer Reports Picks The Best American Cars
After releasing its picks for the Top 10 cars earlier this year, of which only two were from American brands, Consumer Reports released a separate list, made up of the best American cars in each category. The list includes sedans, sports cars, luxury vehicles and SUVs, among other segments.
While these cars all scored well in testing, it's important to note that, within this list, some of the cars aren't recommended for purchase by the publication due to their having poor or unknown long-term reliability.
Read on to see the best American cars.
Wagon - Ford C-Max HybridSticker Price: $25,170 - $28,455
Invoice Price: $23,472 - $26,535
Fuel Economy: 45 mpg City, 40 mpg Highway
The C-Max looks to compete with the Toyota Prius -- the king of hybrids here in the U.S. The C-Max has a lot going for it: sportier looks, a more engaging drive and nice interior. In spite of those qualities, it still struggles to keep up with the Prius in sales.
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Compact Car - Ford FocusSticker Price: $18,615
Invoice Price: $17,358
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 36 mpg Highway
The latest iteration of the Ford Focus has been successful due to its sleek design, driving dynamics and fuel economy. Available in a wide variety of configurations, the Focus offers a lot of versatility as well. Consumer Reports like the Focus Sedan in its SE trim level.
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Midsize Car - Chevrolet Malibu
Sticker Price: $29,950
Invoice Price: $28,303
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway
The Chevrolet Malibu in its top-of-the-line trim, LTZ, is the Consumer Reports pick for the best American midsize car, beating out competitors Ford Fusion and Chrysler 200. The Malibu gets a bit pricey at high trims, but comes with lots of comfort and tech features, as well as a more potent engine.
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Upscale Car - Chevrolet Impala
Sticker Price: $35,905
Invoice Price: $33,930
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 29 mpg Highway
The Chevrolet Impala, which was redesigned for 2014, is one of the best large cars on the market, blowing away its American competition. The interior is great, especially in LTZ trim, with lots of comfort features and sound dampening. It's also surprisingly fun to drive for such a big vehicle.
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Luxury Car - Tesla Model S
Sticker Price: $69,900
Invoice Price: NA
Fuel Economy: 94 mpge City, 97 mpge Highway
The Tesla Model S, which is a luxury all-electric vehicle, has been winning award after award. It's easy to see why. This groundbreaking car has a fantastic interior, sleek looks and a super sporty driving demeanor. Plus, there are no emissions. Unfortunately, it's pricey and is not available everywhere yet.
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Sports Car - Ford Fiesta ST
Sticker Price: $21,400
Invoice Price: $20,598
Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
Simply put, the Ford Fiesta ST is awesome. Affordable, crazy fun to drive and fuel efficient, this little hatchback is a heck of a lot of bang for the buck. It even beat out its bigger sibling, the Ford Focus ST, for the sports car pick on the Consumer Reports list.
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Muscle Car - Ford Mustang GT
Sticker Price: $35,310 - $40,310
Invoice Price: $32,573 - $37,186
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 26 mpg Highway
With its retro looks and burly 5.0-liter V8 engine, the Ford Mustang GT embodies the golden years of Detroit muscle cars. The interior could use some TLC, but the car is still good enough to beat out its competitors -- the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger -- to take the best muscle car honors.
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Small SUV - Ford EscapeSticker Price: $29,100 - $30,850
Invoice Price: $27,136 - $28,769
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway
The Ford Escape has been plagued by several recalls, but is still the best American small SUV, according to Consumer Reports. Handsome, versatile and, with the Titanium trim, loaded with features, it's a pretty great choice for the CUV crowd.
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Midsize SUV - Jeep Grand Cherokee
Sticker Price: $38,395
Invoice Price: $36,764
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
The Jeep Grand Cherokee's combination of luxurious refinement and off-road prowess makes it a shoo-in for the best midsize SUV pick on the Consumer Reports list. The publication likes the Grand Cherokee in its Limited trim level with the powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine.
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Large SUV - Dodge Durango
Sticker Price: $36,195
Invoice Price: $34,615
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway
The Durango, which is the Consumer Reports pick for the best large SUV, is the best utility vehicle Dodge has manufactured in quite some time. With a refined interior, bold looks and tons of space inside, the Durango, especially in its Limited trim, beats out its American competitors like the Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse.
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Luxury SUV - Buick Enclave
Sticker Price: $38,890 - $48,465
Invoice Price: $36,946 - $46,042
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
The Buick Enclave is a solid seven- or eight-passenger luxury SUV with a spacious and comfortable interior, as well as a silky smooth ride. Consumer Reports picked it as the top American luxury SUV because of its luxurious driving demeanor and excellent safety features. To be frank, its American competition isn't very good, which helps its rating.
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Truck - Chevrolet Silverado
Sticker Price: $31,130
Invoice Price: $28,951
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
The Chevrolet Silverado is a burly, capable truck that can handle pretty much anything you can throw at it. It edged out its competitors, the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 -- which are both good trucks, as well -- for top honors this year. Consumer Reports likes this truck best in its LT trim.
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Minivan - Chrysler Town & CountrySticker Price: $30,765 - $41,995
Invoice Price: $29,534 - $39,865
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway
Considering the other American automakers don't offer a minivan, the Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan basically get this pick by default. All in all, though, they are great family vehicles, with comfy interiors and super high levels of versatility.
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