Highest-Scoring American Vehicles

Highest-Scoring American Vehicles

Best cars from U.S. automakers

Last updated: April 08, 2016 12:30 PM

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 have compiled a list of American-brand vehicles selected based on the Overall Score, which factors road test, reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety. And all are Consumer Reports recommended. We omitted categories where no American-branded model achieved a recommendation, due to road test score, reliability, and/or safety. 

Category Model Overall Score
Subcompact car Chevrolet Sonic LT (1.8L)
Compact car Ford C-Max Hybrid SE


Midsized car Ford Fusion SE (1.5T)


Large car Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ
Luxury compact car Buick Regal Premium I (turbo)
Luxury midsized car Lincoln MKZ 2.0 EcoBoost
Midsized SUV Ford Edge SEL (2.0L EcoBoost) 76
Large SUV Dodge Durango Limited (V6)


Luxury SUV Lincoln MKX 2.7L


Full-sized pickups
Ford F-150 XLT (3.5 V6 EcoBoost)


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