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Consumer Reports Picks The Best American Cars
The annual list of Top 10 cars compiled by Consumer Reports for 2013 may not be remembered much for the cars on the list. It's the ones that are absent that are causing a fuss.
No domestic cars made the cut.
That's right. There are no American cars on the annual Top 10 list of cars sold in America, which was released Monday. The rankings contain eight offerings from Asian automakers and two from German manufacturers. But Ford, General Motors and Chrysler drew a collective blank.
Consumer Reports says the 10 models that won awards are the very best among the 280 or so they've tested. They are ranked on how they fared on the CR road test, how they ranked in the magazine's annual reliability study, and how they measured up in government and insurance industry crash-testing.
After releasing its picks for the Top 10 cars, the publication released a separate list, made up of the best American cars in each category. It's important to note that within this list, some of the cars, like the Ford Fusion Hybrid, are too new to have reliability factored in, so their overall score may be a little bit skewed.
Read on to see the best American cars.
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
Well equipped at an agreeable starting price, the Chevrolet Sonic LT is a solid choice for people shopping for a small sedan. It's sporty, looks great and has an impressively quiet interior, which gives the car a more premium feel.
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Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 36 mpg Highway
The latest iteration of the Ford Focus has been successful due to its sleek design, driving dynamics and fuel economy. Available in a wide variety of configurations, the Focus offers a lot of versatility as well.
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MSRP: $27,200 - $32,100
Invoice: $25,092 - $29,612
Fuel Economy: 47 mpg City, 47 mpg Highway
The Ford Fusion Hybrid was the highest-scoring midsize sedan in the Consumer Reports study, although the car is simply too new to have reliability rankings. This car is fantastic looking and comes with a luxurious feel and great fuel economy.
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MSRP: $25,200 - $28,365
Invoice: $23,499 - $26,451
Fuel Economy: 47 mpg City, 47 mpg Highway
New for 2013, the C-Max looks to compete with the Toyota Prius -- the king of hybrids here in the U.S. The C-Max has a lot going for it: sportier looks, a more engaging drive and nice interior. There is a problem, though: The C-Max is under fire for having unattainable fuel economy numbers.
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Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway
The 2013 Ford Escape had a rough start with several recalls, but is still the best American small SUV, according to Consumer Reports. Handsome, versatile and, with the Titanium trim, loaded with features, it's a pretty great choice for the CUV crowd now that its recall woes seem to be in the past.
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MSRP: $30,510 - $42,425
Invoice: $29,290 - $39,880
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
The Chevrolet Traverse got the nod from Consumer Reports as the best American midsize SUV. It underwent a fairly quiet refresh for 2013, giving it a new, more modern look. This SUV is quiet versatile and comes with loads of cargo and passenger room.
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MSRP: $38,905 - $51,650
Invoice: $36,765 - $48,293
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 27 mpg Highway
The CTS is showing its age a little bit, but that doesn't mean it's any less competent as a sporty sedan. With great handling, a well-appointed interior and a sleek design, the CTS continues to be a favorite from the Big 3.
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MSRP: $30,145 - $48,250
Invoice: $28,983 - $46,591
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway
Consumer Reports gave the award for the top American luxury car to the Chrysler 300. We like this choice. The 300 comes with a great interior -- including UConnect, one of the best Infotainment systems on the market -- and a bold exterior.
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Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
The new C7 Corvette, which was released at this year's Detroit Auto Show, snagged headlines and the attention of car fans worldwide. The previous generation is still on sale, though, and Consumer Reports likes the Z06 version of this classic American sports machine.
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MSRP: $30,530 - $40,745
Invoice: $29,227 - $38,625
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway
Considering the other American automakers don't offer a minivan, the Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Grand Caravan basically get this pick by default. All in all, though, they are great family vehicles, with comfy interiors and super high levels of versatility.
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