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If you’re looking to buy a car and want one that’s made in the U.S.A, you’re in luck.
According to Consumer Reports, American-made cars are “gaining yards on the competitive playing field.”
CR said American brands earned three of the 10 Consumer Reports Top Picks for 2015.
These are some of America’s best vehicles, according to CR:
- Best Overall: Tesla Model S. The all-electric Tesla features superior handling and ride comfort, plus a huge touchscreen and room for seven. Tesla took the top spot for a second year running, according to CR, because of its “innovation, magnificence, and sheer technological arrogance.”
- Compact Car: Ford Focus (top-scoring). Although the Focus was the best-scoring compact car, CR said no car actually earned the top title because “they just aren’t reliable.”
- Midsized sedan: Ford Fusion. “The true winner in this class is the American car buyer, who gets to pick from a deep roster of strong products from most manufacturers,” CR noted. The Fusion, with its crisp handling and quiet ride barely edged out the Chevy Malibu LT.
- Large sedan: Chevy Impala. “The Impala is a world-beater that scores among the best cars we’ve tested,” CR said. It scored well for its luxuriousness, quiet ride and easy to use infotainment.
- Sports sedan: Buick Regal. “Teutonic ride control and sharp steering make the Regal a joy to drive,” CR said.
- Luxury car: Cadillac CTS. CR said the Cadillac outhandled rival cars from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The Cadillac’s “opulent interior finish” and composed ride earned it top marks.
- Green car: Chevrolet Volt. The Volt has 35 miles of electric-only range, allowing many drivers to reach their destination gas-free.
- Small SUV: Ford Escape (top-scoring). Like the compact car, CR said no cars qualified to earn the top spot because they aren’t reliable. Still, the Escape far outscored the competition. “Well-finished and nimble, we enjoy driving the Escape, especially in top Titanium trim with the optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder,” CR said.
- Midsized/large SUV: Dodge Durango. The Durango, “plushly furnished with a quiet cabin,” has responsive handling and fits seven adults.
- Minivan: Chrysler Town and Country/Dodge Grand Caravan (top-scoring). Although no vans qualified for the best minivan title, CR said “frequent discounts and attractively priced options packages make these vans a tempting deal.”
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Did you notice a distinctly American vehicle segment missing from the list? CR said it didn’t forget about trucks:
New competition from the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon and Ford F-150 puts our truck ratings into flux. No question the Ford’s aluminum body and downsized engines are revolutionary, but only full testing will reveal how those changes truly affect the buyer.
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