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Highest-scoring American vehicles

Best cars from U.S. automakers

Last updated: February 2014

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 journalists and our readers regarding the best current American-branded vehicles.

To answer that popular query, we sorted vehicles into 13 key categories. We found that Ford Motor Company has five of the 13 slots. General Motors captures five entries,  Chrysler has two and Tesla has one. Reviewing the scores, we find that most of these American models are quite competitive, scoring well in most cases. Unfortunately, some models are not recommended due to below average or unknown reliability. Check our Ratings (available to online subscribers) to see which ones are top scoring and reliable.

Category Model Overall test score
Wagon Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE


Compact car Ford Focus SE SFE sedan


Midsized car Chevrolet Malibu 2LTZ


Upscale car Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ
Luxury car Tesla Model S (base, 85 kWh)


Sports car Ford Fiesta ST


Muscle car Ford Mustang GT Premium (V8)


Small SUV Ford Escape Titanium (2.0T)


Midsized SUV Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (V6)


Large SUV Dodge Durango Limited (V6)


Luxury SUV Buick Enclave CXL


Full-sized pickups
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT


Minivan Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L


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