There are many methods to view the Consumer Reports Ratings to find the highest-rated vehicle within a given category or cost 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 13 key categories. We found that Ford Motor Company has five of the 13 slots. General Motors captures five entries, Chrysler has two and Tesla has one. Reviewing the scores, we find that most of these American models are very competitive, scoring well typically. Unfortunately, some models are not recommended as a result of below average or unknown reliability. Check our Ratings (available to online subscribers) to find out which ones are top scoring and reliable.
Category Model Overall test score
Wagon Ford C-MAX Hybrid SE
Compact car Ford Focus SE SFE sedan
Midsized car Chevrolet Malibu 2LTZ
Upscale car Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ
Luxury car Tesla Model S (base, 85 kWh)
Sports car Ford Fiesta ST
Muscle car Ford Mustang GT Premium (V8)
Small SUV Ford Escape Titanium (2.0T)
Midsized SUV Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (V6)
Large SUV Dodge Durango Limited (V6)
Luxury SUV Buick Enclave CXL
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT
Minivan Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L
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