The Best American Cars, SUVs, and Trucks According to Consumer Reports

If you’re shopping for a new car, truck, or SUV, you may find yourself asking yourself which new vehicles from well-known U.S. brands were given the highest ratings by Consumer Reports? The good news is that Consumer Reports recently highlighted the best American cars, SUVs, and trucks based on their overall scores. Let’s find out what some of them are.

The best American cars include everything from EVs to luxury models

A red 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV, one of the best American cars according to Consumer Reports
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The 2021 Chevy Bolt has a lot going for it. It’s not only one of the best American cars but, Consumer Reports also gave it some pretty high ratings. This year’s model earned a 78 overall score, along with a five out of five predicted reliability rating and a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating.

Consumer Reports also gave it a 76 overall score in its road tests, adding, “With the equivalent of 200-electrified horses on tap, this small hatchback accelerates with gusto and at 6.8 seconds from zero to 60 mph, it’s as quick as some sports sedans.”

Now, the Chevy Bolt isn’t the only American car that made Consumer Reports’ list. The 2021 Ford Mustang also found itself among the organization’s picks for the best American cars. Unlike the Bolt, however, the Mustang is a new sports car.

Consumer Reports gave this year’s model a 78 overall score. It also gave it an 84 overall score in road tests and a five out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. Unfortunately, the Mustang was given a slightly lower reliability rating, landing only a three out of five.

Here’s the thing, neither the Bolt nor the Mustang are considered luxury cars. That being said, Consumer Reports did tap both the 2021 Tesla Model 3 and the 2021 Tesla Model S as some of the best American luxury cars. While the Model S earned a 70 overall score, the organization gave the new Tesla Model 3 a 75 overall score.

The best American SUVs earned high marks from Consumer Reports

While several new cars made Consumer Reports’ list, the organization highlighted plenty new American SUVs too. Among them are models like the 2021 Ford Edge and the 2021 Ford Expedition.

While Consumer Reports gave the Ford Edge an 83 overall score, the Expedition earned itself a 69 overall score. Though the Expedition’s score is significantly lower than that of the Ford Edge’s, both new Ford SUVs did well in road tests. 

Say you want an American SUV but aren’t sold on a Ford. The good news is that Consumer Reports included several other SUVs in its list. Take, for example, the 2021 Buick Encore and the 2021 Buick Enclave. Consumer Reports gave both models similar overall scores. While the organization gave the Encore a 74 overall score, it gave the Enclave a 76 overall score.

Now, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid isn’t an SUV, but Consumer Reports did include it among its picks for the best American cars. For good reasons, too. The 2021 model earned a 68 overall score, which may not sound all that impressive. However, Consumer Reports did give it an 85 in road tests. It also gave the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating.

Only two pickups made the cut for the best American pickup trucks

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Perhaps you’d prefer a new American pickup instead. If that’s the case, both the 2021 Jeep Gladiator and the 2021 Ram 1500 were included in Consumer Reports’ list of the best American cars, trucks, and SUVs.

But first, let’s talk about the 2021 Jeep Gladiator. Consumer Reports gave this year’s model a 65 overall score. It also gave the Gladiator a five out of five predicted reliability and owner satisfaction rating. 

However, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator did struggle in road tests and was only able to manage a 52 overall score. According to Consumer Reports, this year’s new Jeep Gladiator is “decidedly clumsy with mushy and slow steering that requires a lot of arm work to get the Jeep to turn.” The good news is that you can expect this year’s model to handle better than pickups like the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Tacoma.

As for the 2021 Ram 1500? It earned a 63 overall score. This year’s model was also given a four out of five owner satisfaction rating. It did significantly better in road tests too. In fact, this year’s model earned an 83 overall score in Consumer Reports’ road tests. 

Which of these vehicles is the right choice for your daily driving needs?

Whether you’re in the market for the best American car, truck, or SUV, we recommend taking these options out for a test drive. After all, getting behind the wheel is the best way to determine if a particular vehicle is the right fit for you.

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