The Chevy Malibu, for instance, is too new to have an archive of reliability data. Not eligible. The Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan don't offer ESC, so they're not eligible. The Cadillac CTS is too new and the Lincoln MKZ lacks ESC, both not eligible. The list of ineligibility goes on, and what remains is five empty categories and a few strange Top Picks. The Buick Lucerne CXS as Top Pick for an Upscale sedan? It is when the Cadillac CTS and Lincoln MKZ aren't considered. The slow-selling Ford Taurus takes the Family sedan category? Yup, when the Chevy Malibu's not around to fight.
While the idea of an American Top Picks list may sound helpful for super patriots who insist on buying American, the domestic automakers are smack dab in the middle of replacing their disappointing products from yesteryear with new ones that should be on this list. We'll just have to wait a few years for proof that they're reliable before this list becomes useful.
Check out the full list of American Top Picks after the jump, and click the source to read more about the reasoning behind each choice.
[Source: Consumer Reports, Photo by David McNew/Getty]
|Category||Top-scoring American car||American Top Pick|
|Small sedan||None recommended||None|
|Family sedan||Chevrolet Malibu LTZ V6||Ford Taurus|
|Upscale sedan||Cadillac CTS||Buick Lucerne CXS|
|Luxury sedan||Cadillac STS||Cadillac STS|
|Small SUV||Saturn Vue XR||None|
|Midsized SUV||Saturn Outlook XR
GMC Acadia SLT2
Ford Taurus X
|Saturn Outlook XR
GMC Acadia SLT2 Ford Taurus X
|Minivan||Chrysler Town and Country||None|
|Pickup truck||Chevrolet Avalanche||Chevrolet Silverado|
|Fun to drive||Chevrolet Corvette Z06||None|
|Green car||None tested||None|