Consumers have lots of choices when it comes to the best American cars 2011. The question is: where do you begin? From subcompact to midsize to large, affordable to upscale, sporty and sports cars, there’s so much to choose from. We’ll highlight some from each and give you even more options to consider.

  • 2011 Ford FiestaIt’s all-new to the U.S., and is winning praise from all sectors. The 2011 Ford Fiesta is a Top Safety Pick from

    the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), starts at $13,210 MSRP, seats five, and gets EPA-estimated 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway. Jalopnik says, “Want a small, cheap, fun-to-drive, economical, practical car? Right now there’s not many choices at all and none if you want to buy American. The Ford Fiesta will change that.”

  • 2011 Buick RegalBuick’s all-new 2011 Regal midsize sedan offers consumers luxury for much less money than the  competition. It’s also a sporty option with well-balanced performance and an inviting interior. AutoBlog is effusive, headlining Regal as “a genuine German sports sedan,” [but it’s American], and goes on to say, “In urban settings, the Regal drives like your average European front-driver (think Audi A4 2.0T FWD, but with a conventional transmission).” Starting MSRP is $26,245.
  • 2011 Chevrolet VoltWant an economical and fuel-efficient extended range hybrid? Look no further than the 2011 Chevrolet

    Volt, the 2011 North American Car of the Year winner, Automobile Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year, and a slew of other awards. With EPA-estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg city/40 mpg highway, the midsize Chevy Volt carries a starting sticker of $40,280, but that’s partially offset by up to $7,500 in federal tax credits (plus any applicable state incentives). Motor Trend observes, “This is where the Volt shines. Quick and nippy in traffic, it proceeds with a silent, oozing surge of acceleration, like a downsized Rolls-Royce Phantom.”

  • 2011 Cadillac CTSChoose your version, all-new for 2011 coupe, sedan, sport wagon (or CTS-V high-performance models). There’s something for everyone with the 2011 Cadillac CTS, and it’s all good. Car and Driver says: “With three 10Best titles under its belt, the CTS is America’s top sports-sedan contender. Its unique looks, performance and handling meet or beat those of its German and Japanese competition. Two V-6s are available with rear- or all-wheel drive, but we’re partial to the CTS-V’s 556-hp V-8.” For 2011, the Cadillac CTS has a starting MSRP of $35,165.
  • 2011 Chrysler 300All-new this year, the 2011 Chrysler 300 proves that good things come in Chrysler-produced packages. Available in four models, from base 300 starting at $27,170 to the 300C AWD at $40,320, the 2011 Chrysler 300 is powered by a new 292-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that achieves 27 mpg highway fuel economy. Edmunds comments: “The handsome new 300 is more than a worthy rival for cars like the Buick LaCrosse, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis and Toyota Avalon. It is definitely worth a look if you’re shopping for a large premium sedan.”
  • 2011 Dodge ChallengerIt’s a legend, optimized, according to Dodge. And the 2011 Dodge Challenger is proving itself a

    worthy competitor to fellow American muscle cars Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T and R/T Plus are powered by a 379-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine good for an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city/24 mpg highway. SE and Rallye have the 305-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that achieves 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway. Starting MSRP is $24,670 for SE, $26,620 for Rallye, $29,670 for R/T and $31,170 for R/T Plus. Car and Driver says: “Though it’s played third fiddle to the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro in comparison tests, the Challenger is still an appealing reincarnation of the ‘70s original. It’s big and heavy, but its muscle-car presence is undeniable.”

Other best American cars 2011 to take a peek at include the Ford Taurus and Mustang, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro, Chrysler 200, and Dodge Charger.

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