Highest-scoring American vehicles

Best cars from U.S. automakers

Last updated: February 2015

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 14 key categories. We found that Ford Motor Company has five slots. General Motors captures five entries, Chrysler has three, 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
Compact car Ford Focus SE SFE sedan


Midsized car Chevrolet Malibu 2LTZ


Large car Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ
Luxury compact car Buick Regal Premium I (turbo)
Luxury midsized car Lincoln MKZ 2.0 EcoBoost
Luxury large car Tesla Model S (base, 85 kWh)


Sports car Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT


Small SUV Ford Escape Titanium (2.0T)


Midsized SUV Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (diesel)


Large SUV Dodge Durango Limited (V6)


Luxury SUV Buick Enclave CXL


Full-sized pickups
Ram 1500 Big Horn (diesel)


Minivan Ford Transit Connect XLT (2.5L)


Wagon Ford C-Max Hybrid SE 77

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