Coming off the Fourth of July holiday, many consumers are filled with patriotic sentiments. So it should be no surprise that this is the time when several automotive publications announce their annual picks for the cars that best celebrate “made in America.” Here we list the 10 Best American-Made Cars from three such publications and let you be the judge.

Total Car Score – Top 10 Best American Cars for 2012

Total Car Score rates only the vehicles built by the Detroit Big Three automakers: General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. The scores are a compilation of ratings from major automotive review publications, plus some unique Total Car Score weighting as the deciding factor.

  1. 2012 Cadillac CTS – Entry Luxury Sedans and Wagons
  2. 2012 Buick LaCrosse – Large Sedan
  3. 2012 Chevrolet Traverse – Large SUVs and Crossovers
  4. 2012 Ford Flex – Large SUVs and Crossovers
  5. 2012 GMC Acadia – Large SUVs and Crossovers
  6. 2012 Cadillac CTS-V – Luxury High Performance
  7. 2012 Chrysler 300 – Large Sedans and Wagons
  8. 2012 Ford Taurus SHO – High Performance
  9. 2012 Cadillac SRX – Entry Luxury SUVs and Crossovers
  10. 10. 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 – High Performance

Cars.comTop American-Made Cars, also known as the 2012 American-Made Index

The American-Made Index is an annual compilation by Cars.com editors and rates vehicles built and bought in the United States. Factors include sales, where the vehicle’s parts come from, and whether the car is assembled in the U.S. Models are disqualified if their domestic parts content rating is below 75 percent, if they are built exclusively outside the U.S., or models that will soon be discontinued without a U.S.-built successor.

  1. 2012 Toyota Camry – built in Georgetown, KY and Lafayette, IN
  2. 2012 Ford F-150 – assembled in Dearborn, MI and Claycomo, MO
  3. 2012 Honda Accord – built in Marysville, OH
  4. 2012 Toyota Sienna – assembled in Princeton, IN
  5. 2012 Honda Pilot – built in Lincoln, AL
  6. 2012 Chevrolet Traverse – assembled in Lansing, MI
  7. 2012 Toyota Tundra – built in San Antonio, TX
  8. 2012 Jeep Liberty – assembled in Toledo, OH
  9. 2012 GMC Acadia – built in Lansing, MI
  10. 10. 2012 Buick Enclave – assembled in Lansing, MI

Consumer Reports2012 American Top Picks

It’s an annual tradition at Consumer Reports, where the publication’s editors spotlight the top-scoring domestic-branded models, i.e., the traditional domestic automakers: Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. Note that the Consumer Reports list is not numbered, but instead is based on the top pick per category. In the 2012 list, there is no entry that qualified for Small Car.

Interestingly, only one make/model appears on all three lists: the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse. The 2012 Cadillac CTS and the 2012 GMC Acadia, meanwhile, each show up on two of them.

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