National Consumer News

These are the 7 best American cars you can buy


By Mike Timmermann,

If you’re looking for a new car, have you given American brands a closer look?

Every year, Consumer Reports puts together a list of the top-scoring American cars — based on road test score, safety, owner satisfaction and reliability.

Top 7 American cars of 2016

“Many buyers want an American car, but in today’s global economy, finding a truly American model can be tricky,” said Consumer Reports auto engineer Tom Mutchler. “Cars can be manufactured in different countries far from their corporate headquarters.”

Consumer Reports defines an American car as one from either Ford, General Motors or Chrysler.

And according to the magazine, the auto industry is so competitive right now that you don’t have to sacrifice quality to drive one of these cars from U.S. automakers.

Subcompact Car: Chevrolet Sonic

  • Overall score: 65
  • Consumer Reports said: Relatively quick and quiet for its class.
  • Starting MSRP: $14,345

Compact Car: Ford C-Max Hybrid

  • Overall score: 69
  • Consumer Reports said: Fuel efficient and fun to drive.
  • Starting MSRP: $24,170

Midsized Car: Ford Fusion

  • Overall score: 77
  • Consumer Reports said: Roomy and practical, but drives like a European sports sedan.
  • Starting MSRP: $22,110

Large Car: Chevrolet Impala

  • Overall score: 81
  • Consumer Reports said: Not an outdated rental car anymore.
  • Starting MSRP: $27,095

Midsized SUV: Ford Edge

  • Overall score: 76
  • Consumer Reports said: Understated upscale appeal and rewarding to drive.
  • Starting MSRP: $28,700

Large SUV: Dodge Durango

  • Overall score: 76
  • Consumer Reports said: Chrysler’s best product.
  • Starting MSRP: $30,495

Pickup Truck: Ford F-150

  • Overall score: 77
  • Consumer Reports said: Great fuel economy, super-quiet cab and clever features.
  • Starting MSRP: $26,540

By the way, the Chevrolet Impala and Ford F-150 also earned spots on Consumer Reports’ official Top Picks list.

While there’s a lot to like about this list, Consumer Reports says there’s room for improvement in the small SUV, minivan and sports car under $40,000 categories.

No American models qualified because of reliability problems or poor crash test results.

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