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15 highest-scoring American vehicles

Consumer Reports Staff

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 15 key categories. We found that Ford Motor Company has six 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
Luxury large car Tesla Model S (base, 85 kWh)


Large car Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ 91
Midsized car Chevrolet Malibu 2LTZ


Luxury midsized car Lincoln MKZ 2.0 EcoBoost 84
Muscle car Ford Mustang GT Premium (V8)


Luxury compact car Buick Regal Premium I (turbo) 83
Large SUV Dodge Durango Limited (V6)


Midsized SUV Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (diesel)


Wagon Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE


Full-sized pickups Ram 1500 Big Horn (diesel)


Sports car Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT


Small SUV Ford Escape Titanium (2.0T)


Luxury SUV Buick Enclave CXL


Compact car Ford Focus SE SFE sedan


Minivan Ford Transit Connect XLT (2.5L)


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