American Best Buys

For 2012, Consumer Guide Automotive bestowed Best Buy Awards to 59 vehicles in 18 classes. That list has been widely distributed, but with one omission: It did not include where the vehicles were built.

Polls have determined that roughly one-third of Americans will only buy cars built by U.S. automakers (Ford, GM, and Chrysler), and many others are concerned about where the cars are assembled. For example, the Ford Fiesta is built in Mexico, but the Honda Accord is assembled in Ohio.

For those car shoppers who bleed red, white, and blue, I compiled a list of All-American Best Buys—CGA Best Buy Award winners that were manufactured by Ford, GM, and Chrysler and assembled right here in the US of A.

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2012 All-American Best Buys

Compact Car: Ford Focus

Premium Midsize Car: Cadillac CTS

Large Car: Buick LaCrosse

Sporty/Performance Car: Ford Mustang

Premium Sporty/Performance Car: Chevrolet Corvette

Midsize SUVs: Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Journey, GMC Acadia

Premium Midsize SUV: Buick Enclave

Large SUVs: Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, GMC Yukon

Large Pickup Trucks: Ford F-150, Ram 1500

Minivans: Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan


These are 2012 Best Buys produced by foreign automakers but assembled in the United States:

Compact Car: Honda Civic

Midsize Cars: Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Toyota Camry

Premium Midsize Car: Acura TL

Large Car: Toyota Avalon

Premium Sporty/Performance Car: Audi A5

Midsize SUVs: Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento

Premium Large SUV: Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Compact Pickup Truck: Toyota Tacoma

Minivan: Honda Odyssey

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American Best Buys