There are many ways to view the Consumer Reports Ratings to find the highest-rated vehicle in a given category or price range. But we get many questions from our readers and journalists regarding the best current American-branded vehicles.

To answer that popular query, we have compiled a list of American-brand cars, SUVs, and trucks selected based on the Overall Score, which factors road test, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety. And all are recommended by Consumer Reports. We omitted categories where no American-branded model achieved a recommendation because of road-test score, reliability, and/or safety.

Subcompact Car: Chevrolet Sonic LT (1.8L)

American cars: Chevrolet Sonic sedan

The Chevrolet Sonic hatchback and sedan possess a relatively comfortable ride and a quiet cabin for a subcompact. Fuel economy of 28 mpg overall is nothing to boast about. Handling is secure but a bit darty. The sedan has a large trunk; the hatch offers more utility. Creature comforts such as keyless entry and push-button start, and optional heated seats and steering wheel bring some maturity to the subcompact. A standard 7-inch touch screen is backed by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities. A rear camera is standard, and on the safety front, optional forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning are welcome additions.

Read the complete Chevrolet Sonic road test.  

Compact Car: Chevrolet Cruze LT

Chevrolet Cruze LT

The redesigned 2016 Cruze possesses big car qualities such as a comfortable ride and a quiet interior. The standard engine is an unobtrusive 1.4-liter, four-cylinder turbo mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A smooth start-stop feature reduces fuel use during idling; we got 30 mpg overall in our tests. A new 1.6-liter turbodiesel and a hatchback version will be available later. A new infotainment system, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, mirrors some of your smart-phone icons on the screen. The rear seat is relatively roomy for the class but the front seats are short on lower back support. A variety of advanced active safety features are available, unfortunately only on the top-trim premier version.

Read the complete Chevrolet Cruze road test.

Midsized Car: Ford Fusion SE (1.5T)

Ford Fusion

The Fusion is a delight to drive, with a supple ride and handling rivaling that of a European sports sedan. All trim levels and powertrains feel solid and upscale, with a well-finished and quiet cabin, and comfortable seats. But the rear seat is somewhat snug. Both the 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinders are powerful enough, but neither has competitive fuel economy. A new high-end version, the V6 Sport, is equipped with all-wheel drive and a 325-hp, 2.7-liter four-cylinder. It is quick, comfortable, and quiet but costs more than $40,000. The Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid both receive more efficient electric motors for 2017. A new rotary shift dial and Ford’s new-and-improved Sync 3 infotainment system highlight the updates to the interior.

Read the complete Ford Fusion road test.

Large Car: Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ

Chevrolet Impala

Our 2016 Top Pick for large sedans, the Impala is roomy, comfortable, quiet, and enjoyable to drive. It even rides like a luxury sedan, feeling cushy and controlled. Engine choices include a punchy 3.6-liter V6 and an adequate 2.5-liter four-cylinder, both paired with a six-speed automatic. In our tests, the V6 returned 22 mpg overall and had good acceleration. Braking is capable, and handling is secure and responsive. The full-featured cabin stays very quiet and features a sumptuous backseat. Controls are intuitive and easy to use, but rear visibility is restricted. Advanced electronic safety features are readily available. Updates for 2016 include Apple CarPlay capability and wireless cell-phone charging.

Read the complete Chevrolet Impala road test.

Luxury Compact Car: Buick Regal Premium I (turbo)

Buick Regal

This well-honed and satisfying sports sedan has a European feel, thanks to its Opel roots. It is the antithesis of the whitewall-tired Buick of old. With its agile handling, quick steering, and a taut, steady ride, the Regal is one of Buick’s best offerings. The 259-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder delivers strong performance and 24 mpg overall. High-quality materials are used throughout the cabin. The front seats are firm and supportive, though the rear seat is quite snug. The large trunk is a bonus. Infotainment system controls are mostly simple, and all-wheel drive is available on all trim lines. Overall, this is a highly capable yet understated car. The GS is a sportier version with a tauter suspension. A redesign is in the offing.

Read the complete Buick Regal road test.

Luxury Midsized Car: Cadillac CT6

Cadillac CT6

Cadillac’s new flagship fits above the CTS and below the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But it’s price to compete against the luxury midsized crowd. This large sedan possesses some athletic chops and has a steady, controlled ride and a very quiet interior. Most buyers will opt for the midlevel nonturbo V6; the top trim carries a 404-hp twin-turbocharged V6. The eight-speed automatic is smooth and responsive. All-wheel drive comes standard with the V6s. The interior is posh and roomy, but cabin storage is a bit scant. Despite improvements, the updated Cue infotainment touch screen is still unintuitive.

Read the complete Cadillac CT6 road test.

Sports Car: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The sharp-edged Corvette has abundant power from its 455-hp, 6.2-liter V8 and an interior worthy of the price. A seven-speed manual is standard, with an eight-speed automatic optional. Drivers with a thirst for more power can opt for the 650-hp Z06. The car’s all-aluminum construction optimizes weight savings and strength. Whether in coupe or convertible form, acceleration is blisteringly quick, and handling is pinpoint. With the adjustable driving modes the car can be a fairly refined cruiser or track-ready race car. The seats deliver support and comfort. But you can’t ignore the low-slung cabin, which requires near-acrobatic skills to access, the vague manual shifter, and the omnipresent tire noise.

Read the complete Chevrolet Corvette road test.

Compact SUV: Ford Escape Titanium (2.0T)

For 2017 the Ford Escape gets some major updates, including new 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines with start/stop capability, and advanced safety features such as forward-collision warning with automatic braking. The fleet-footed Escape has impressive handling prowess, which makes it one of the most entertaining to drive models in the small-SUV class. It also has a taut, controlled ride and a quiet interior, but the rear seat is a bit low and the cushion is short. The impressive Sync 3 system is standard, replacing the old MyFord Touch infotainment system. One new feature is SYNC Connect, a smartphone app that allows owners to use their cell phone to lock and unlock their Escape, remotely start the engine, and track the vehicle location via GPS.

Read our complete Ford Escape road test.

Midsized SUV: Ford Edge SEL (2.0L)

Ford Edge

New and vastly improved, the second-generation Edge carries itself like a pricier European SUV. Based on the commendable Fusion sedan, the Edge likewise delivers a steady, comfortable ride and confident handling that makes it fun to drive. The quiet cabin wouldn’t be out of place in a luxury car. Roomy interior provides comfortable quarters, front and rear, while also delivering generous cargo space. The standard 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder gets 21 mpg and is more pleasant than the 3.5-liter V6. A twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 is offered on the Sport trim. All use a smooth six-speed automatic. Front- and all-wheel drive is available. Safety options include blind-spot monitoring, forward and rearview cameras, and cross-traffic alert.

Read the complete Ford Edge road test.

Large SUV: Chevrolet Traverse LT

Chevrolet Traverse

Although it dates back to 2008, the large Traverse is still a competitive three-row SUV. We liked its firm, comfortable, and quiet ride and its relatively agile, secure handling. But like its corporate cousins, the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, it’s beginning to show its age. The 3.6-liter V6 and six-speed automatic powertrain is smooth and powerful enough, but it works hard in this large SUV, and its 16 mpg overall is uncompetitive. A big plus is the ability to fit adults in the roomy third row. Fit and finish has been improved, and forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems are available. A redesign is around the corner based on the same platform as the new GMC Acadia.

Read the complete Chevrolet Traverse road test.

Luxury SUV: Buick Enclave CXL

Buick Enclave

Even after almost a decade on the market, the large Enclave remains a competitive three-row SUV. We liked its firm, comfortable ride and secure handling. The cabin is quiet, the interior is nicely finished, and the seats are comfortable. But the Enclave is beginning to show its age through some of the outdated controls and limited feature content. The 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are smooth and unobtrusive, but the engine feels taxed and at times the powertrain has to work hard to move this large SUV. We got a paltry 15 mpg overall in our tests. Adults can fit in the roomy third row, a plus. Forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems are available.

Read the complete Buick Enclave road test.