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 too responsive because of the overly quick steering. The sedan has a large trunk, but the hatchback version offers more utility. Creature comforts such as keyless entry and push-button start, and the optional heated seats and steering wheel, bring some maturity to this subcompact. A 7-inch touch screen is standard and works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the safety front, forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning are optional, and are welcome additions to the Sonic.

Read the complete Chevrolet Sonic road test.  


Compact Car: Chevrolet Bolt Premier

Chevrolet Bolt

The Bolt is the first relatively affordable EV to have a robust driving range. This small hatchback is built around a large 60-kWh battery pack that sits under the car's floor and contributes to the car's planted feel despite its tall stance. With 200 electrified horses on tap, the Bolt accelerates with gusto. A full charge takes 10 hours on a 240-volt connector, but with a 250-mile range according to our measurement, you rarely have to fully charge the Bolt. The Bolt is very quiet, but the ride can get choppy. Controls take some getting used to, including the unintuitive shifter. The driver's seat is short on lower-back support, and interior quality is on the cheap side. Typically equipped vehicle pricing ranges from $37,000 to $45,000 before federal tax incentives of $7,500.

Read the complete Chevrolet Cruze road test.


Midsized Car: Ford Fusion Titanium (2.0T)

Ford Fusion

The Fusion is a delight to drive, with a supple ride and nimble handling reminiscent of a European sports sedan. All trim levels and powertrains feel solid and upscale, with a well-finished and quiet cabin. We found the optional leather seats to be more supportive than the cloth ones, and the rear seat is somewhat snug. 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 Sport, is equipped with all-wheel drive and a 325-hp, 2.7-liter V6. It is quick, comfortable, and quiet, but it costs more than $40,000. The Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid were updated with more-efficient electric motors. A rotary shift dial and Ford's 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

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 engine and an adequate 2.5-liter four-cylinder, both paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. 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 has a sumptuous backseat. Controls are intuitive and easy to use, but rear visibility is restricted. Advanced safety features, such as forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, are available. Recent updates include the addition of Apple CarPlay capability and wireless cell-phone charging.

Read the complete Chevrolet Impala road test.


Luxury Midsized Car: Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln MKZ

Based on the engaging Ford Fusion, the upscale Lincoln MKZ received some recent updates, including new engines, a plusher ride, simplified controls, and a more conveniently located trunk release. Base models get a 2.0- liter turbo four-cylinder that provides ample power. In our tests the hybrid got 34 mpg overall. For more punch, the available 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 puts out 400 hp when paired with all-wheel drive, and 350 hp on front-drive versions. The MKZ delivers a comfortable ride. The cabin is quiet and luxurious, with comfortable seats, but it's a long reach to the push-button gear selector and the rear seat is snug. Available automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection bolster the Lincoln's safety credentials.

Read the complete Lincoln MKZ road test.





Utraluxury Car: Tesla Model S P85D

Tesla Model S P85D

This sleek, fully electric four-door luxury car seats five, or seven with the optional rear-facing jump seats. With its standard 75-kWh battery, we found that the Tesla could cover 235 miles on a single charge. The car can be charged in about 6 hours on a dedicated Tesla connector. Performance is exceptional, with quiet and thrilling acceleration, pinpoint handling, and a firm yet comfortable ride—particularly with the standard 19-inch tires and air suspension. The hatchback design aids versatility, and the front trunk is a bonus. A huge iPad-like center touch screen interfaces with most functions but proves to be distracting. Other drawbacks include restricted visibility and range limitations, especially in cold weather. All-wheel drive is now standard, and active safety features are available.

Read the complete Tesla Model S road test.


Sports Car: Ford Mustang GT Premium

Ford Mustang GT

The Mustang is significantly updated for 2018 with revisions and updates to the styling, interior, and powertrains, along with new high-tech options. The V6 has been retired, leaving the turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder and 5.0-liter V8, each available with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The V8 engine has been reworked to create more power and aid fuel economy. The rear suspension design has been revised, and the Mustang is available with active damping to dynamically adjust shock absorber performance. An increased emphasis on personalization enables drivers to set suspension, steering, exhaust sound, and other preferences with a memory setting. A suite of advanced safety features is offered, including forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.

Read the complete Ford Mustang road test.


Compact SUV: Ford Escape SE (2.0T)

The Ford Escape has 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines with a start/stop system. Unfortunately, fuel economy isn't great with the 1.5-liter, at just 23 mpg overall. Plus, the A/C system weakens when the engine start/stop system engages at traffic lights. The fleet-footed Escape has impressive handling prowess, which makes it one of the sportiest 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. 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. Advanced safety features such as forward-collision warning are optional.

Read our complete Ford Escape road test.


Midsized SUV: Ford Edge SEL (2.0L)

Ford Edge

The Edge carries itself like a pricier European SUV. Based on the commendable Fusion sedan, the Edge delivers a steady, comfortable ride and confident handling, which make it fun to drive. The 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 transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available. The quiet cabin wouldn't be out of place in a luxury car. The roomy interior provides comfortable quarters, front and rear, and cargo space is generous. Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system is comprehensive and easy to use. Safety options include blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, and front and rear cameras. A refreshed Edge with an eight-speed automatic transmission arrives soon.

Read the complete Ford Edge road test.


Large SUV: Chevrolet Traverse Premier

Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet's redesigned Traverse has a quiet interior, a very comfortable ride, and responsive handling, making it a viable alternative to full-sized SUVs such as the Suburban. It's also a competent challenger to established three-row SUVs. The 3.6-liter V6 engine supplies ample power and quick acceleration, and gets 20 mpg overall. Front and second-row captain's seats are comfortable, and the third row is roomy. An eight-passenger configuration is available. The infotainment system is intuitive. The manual sunroof shades are out of place in the $50,000 Premier trim. Only the top trims have forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Standard safety functions include a safety-focused teen driver feature and rear-seat reminder designed to prevent a small child from being left unattended in the Traverse.

Read the complete Chevrolet Traverse road test.


Luxury SUV: Buick Enclave Premium

Buick Enclave

The large, three-row Buick Enclave underwent a full redesign for 2018. It provides improved fuel economy, more space, and a variety of safety and connectivity features. Power comes from a lively 3.6-liter V6 teamed with a smooth, responsive nine-speed automatic. We got 18 mpg overall in our tests. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. The roomy cabin is very quiet and the ride is comfortable, befitting a Buick flagship. The third-row seat is relatively roomy for the class. The infotainment system is easy to use, but the unintuitive shifter is a nuisance in parking maneuvers. A manual sunshade for the sunroof and only a two-way lumbar adjustment for the seat are odd, given the price. Low-speed automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning are standard, though only on top versions costing more than $50,000.

Read the complete Buick Enclave road test.


Minivan: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica

The Pacifica is much better than the Chrysler Town & Country minivan it replaced. The new van is offered in seven- and eight-passenger configurations and retains the handy fold-into-the-floor second-row seats. But these seats have limited thigh support. The 3.6-liter V6 engine, paired with a ninespeed automatic transmission, provides ample power and gets an impressive 21 mpg overall. Handling is responsive, the ride is comfortable, and the cabin is quiet. A plug-in hybrid version is available with an electric range of about 30 miles. The latest version of the UConnect touch-screen system is intuitive and easy to master. High-end versions of the Pacifica feature individual screens, with built-in games, for the rear passengers.

Read the complete Chrysler Pacifica road test.


Pickup Truck: Ford F-150 XLT (2.7T)

Ford F-150

Ford's big-selling pickup truck has an allaluminum body, which saves about 700 pounds over its steel-bodied predecessor. Engine choices include a new 3.3-liter V6, 2.7- and 3.5-liter turbo V6s, and a 5.0-liter V8. For 2018, the 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter turbo V6s and the V8 are teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both turbo V6s are quiet and effortless, lending themselves to towing. Fuel economy is commendable. In our tests the 2.7 got 19 mpg overall. The 2.7 is also surprisingly quick from 0 to 60 mph. The cabin is very quiet, but the ride is stiff and jittery. Handling is ponderous but ultimately secure. We recommend getting the optional Sync 3 infotainment system. The 2018 truck also gets pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. Diesel and hybrid versions are on the horizon.

Read the complete Ford F-150 road test.