Memorial Day weekend may be known for barbeques, parades, and road trips, but it can also be a great time to buy a new car. The airwaves will be trumpeting big discounts for the holiday weekend, and our analysts have seen that there are real deals to be had on good cars. To help with your shopping, we’re spotlighting the best deals on Consumer Reports’ Recommended, American-made models.
To ensure these picks are good cars, as with all our Best New Car Deals, each meets Consumer Reports' criteria to be recommended. These vehicles scored well in our testing, have average or better reliability in our latest subscriber survey, and performed well in government or insurance-industry safety tests, if evaluated. In the spirit of the holiday, we focused the list on just those models that are made in the United States, regardless of brand.
Each vehicle highlighted below is available with at least a 10 percent discount off the retail price in national rebates and hidden dealer incentives. Others may also carry regional incentives, enabling further savings for informed negotiators, especially members of the military. Specific pricing details on these and other trim variations are available on the model pages. The models are ranked by percentage off MSRP.
While all good cars, the profiles below provide our candid insights based on our typically extensive testing. Click through the model names to read the complete road test, and check detailed pricing, reliability, owner costs, owner satisfaction, and other key data.
What is an 'American car'?
Calling a vehicle "American" is becoming increasingly difficult, with the Chrysler 300 built in Canada, the Ford Focus sourced from Mexico, and the Ram pickup truck assembled in Michigan with an engine from Mexico and transmission from Germany. Meanwhile, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and other brands have been manufacturing stateside for years. Making a patriotic car purchase can mean targeting models made in the United States, those offered by domestic brands, or potentially both. If buying "Made in the USA" is a goal, be sure to check the window sticker on the specific model you are considering.
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