Consumer Reports releases American Top Picks for 2008

If you’re a true patriot, you were probably disappointed with the recent Consumer Reports Top Picks list for 2008 as the only American car was the Chevrolet Silverado for the pickup truck category (the only category where American automakers are always shining).

Well to your pleasure, Consumer Reports has released their American Top Picks list for 2008. But don’t be too excited because it’s… well it’s really crappy. The reason? Well to be a Top Pick, Consumer Reports has to have data on the reliability of the car showing at least a rating of ‘average.’ A car must also have stability control and if crash tested, the results need to be pretty decent.

These requirements leave some very good new comers like the Chevrolet Malibu and the new Cadillac CTS out of the list. Five categories on the list including the small sedan, small SUV, minivan, fun-to-drive and green car have been left completely blank simply because Consumer Reports doesn’t have the data available on a new model or the car doesn’t offer stability control as a standard option.

Head over to the Consumer Reports website for more details.

Click through to see list.

Category Top-scoring American car American Top Pick
Small sedan None recommended None
Family sedan Chevrolet Malibu LTZ V6 Ford Taurus
Upscale sedan Cadillac CTS Buick Lucerne CXS
Luxury sedan Cadillac STS Cadillac STS
Small SUV Saturn Vue XR None
Midsized SUV Saturn Outlook XR
GMC Acadia SLT2
Ford Taurus X
Saturn Outlook XR
GMC Acadia SLT2 Ford Taurus X
Minivan Chrysler Town and Country None
Pickup truck Chevrolet Avalanche Chevrolet Silverado
Fun to drive Chevrolet Corvette Z06 None
Green car None tested None



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