During the Great Recession, the automobile industry in the United States suffered greatly. After the much-publicized auto bailout that General Motors and Chrysler received under the Obama Administration, the situation looked bleak for the Big 3, which also includes Ford. After all, cars produced by the Big 3 had a reputation for decades as being inferior to their foreign counterparts, especially in terms of reliability and quality.
However, after various restructuring and renewed efforts by these companies to improve their vehicles, it's safe to say that the American auto industry has experienced a full resurgence and now produces vehicles that are scoring as high in many cases as ones from Japan, Korea, and Germany. Here are some of the best reviewed American vehicles today:
Chevrolet Cruze LT.
The Chevrolet Cruze LT has been completely redesigned and comes standard with a 1.4 liter, four-cylinder turbo engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. A nifty feature is its start-stop feature, which reduces the use of fuel when the car is idle. There's also a 1.6 liter turbodiesel and a hatchback model now available. Its infotainment system that includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has been praised.
Ford Fusion SE.
This midsize car scores extremely high marks for how it drives, with its handling scoring as high as many sport sedans from Europe. It comes with either a 1.5 liter or 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder engine. There's also a high-end model, known as the V6 Sport, that comes with all-wheel drive and a 325 hp, 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine. Be sure to check out its updated interior, which has a new rotary shift dial and the Sync 3 infotainment system.
This luxury midsize sedan has a very competitive price point and scores high marks for how it rides. Its interior is notable for how quiet it is, as well as its roomy nature and luxurious feel. The most appealing option is the non-turbo V6. Its top trim features a 404 hp twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Furthermore, the eight-speed automatic that it has is extremely responsive. Lastly, all-wheel drive is a standard feature of the V6 model.
Ford Escape Titanium.
The Ford Escape has received many new updates. As one of the best reviewed compact SUVs, it comes in 1.5 liters and 2.0 liter turbocharged engines, which feature start and stop capabilities. In addition, forward-collision warning and automatic braking come as standard safety features. The handling of the 2017 Ford Escape Titanium has been universally praised and so has its Sync 3 infotainment system. The Sync 3 allows users to be able to start their engine, use GPS to track their vehicle location, and to lock and unlock the doors, all from their smartphone.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is yet another highly-reviewed American car. It comes with a seven-speed manual in its standard model, though there's the option to choose eight-speed automatic. In addition, it comes with impressive specs, such as its 455 hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine. Featuring an all-aluminum design, this makes it extremely light, yet strong. The adjustable driving modes that it has have also garnered high scores.
These are just some of the best reviewed American cars of the year. The future looks bright for American auto manufacturing!
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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