Car market is becoming broad everyday!!!!! When Americans did preparation to celebrate Independence Day, the car reviewers were busy in determining the Top 10 Best American Cars of 2012 on the basis of style and performance. The list displays the strength and excellence of the domestic auto industry. Six cars have been selected from General Motors including GMC, Chevrolet, Buick and three models of Cadillac. Ford and Chrysler also stood in the list with two-two models. 2012 Cadillac CTS stands at the first place in the list. The list of 2012 Top 10 Best American Cars will become most helpful for those who are planning to purchase a new car this year. The numbers are not given by common people, but it is given by America’s top editors and reviewers after checking all the features and specifications.
1) Cadillac CTS:
2012 Cadillac CTS has got the first place in the list of American top best 2012 Cars. It has not only got the highest rank from TCS (totalcarscore.com) but also got the 1 rank out of 19 Upscale Midsize Cars. It is an appealing American entry luxury car. The ranking is given on the basis of 57 published reviews and test drives of Cadillac CTS and also reviewers compared it favorably with European rivals. 2012 Cadillac CTS car comes with powerful engines, capable and secure handling, and modern styling. Its sharp line and hard edges gives it sexy looks. Its good dynamic, good build quality and a competitive set of body style and option make it different than the other American cars. It offers 2 choice of V-6 engines including 270-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 and 318-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. It can impress anyone, thanks to its luxurious, high-tech interior. It is available in Coupe, sedan or wagon body styles as well as features newly standard Bluetooth cell phone connectivity. It packs with all standard features like dual-stage driver front airbag, segment-first dual-depth front passenger airbag, front seat side airbags, traction control, as well as gives GM’s OnStar system for one year which provides crash response and stolen vehicle assistance.
Total Car Score: 86.49
2) Buick LaCrosse:
Buick LaCrosse 2012 is best known in the large sedan category, so it has got highest rank in the Affordable large cars. Its quiet ride, responsive handling, strong V-6 engine and all-wheel drive are the main attractions of Buick LaCrosse. It is powered by 2.4L 4-Cylinder Engine with eAssist Technology or 3.6L VVT V6 Engine with SIDI. The small, capable engine and mild hybrid system provides excellent fuel economy of 25 MPG/36MPG city/highway. It is also built-up with comfortable, luxuriously-appointed interior and standard tech features. It makes good scores in all IIHS tests due to safety features like anti-lock brakes, and standard front, front-side and side-curtain airbags. It also gives standard integration, by which drivers can make calls or stream music through Bluetooth connectivity. It comes with Harman Kardon premium sound system that gives very well-balanced and clean sound. It also shows vehicle speed and turn-by-turn directions through heads-up display.
Total Car Score: 85.01
3) Chevrolet Traverse:
Chevrolet Traverse 2012 is an Affordable Midsize SUV that gives eight passenger seating capacity by offering uncommonly adult-friendly third-row seat. It is best for big families because it offers very spacious interior, eight person seating capacity and smooth and quiet ride. Generally, third row is comfortable for children, but Chevrolet Traverse gives adult-sized third row. With this family focused SUV, don’t anticipate sporty handling or rip-roaring performance. It is powered by 3.6 litre V6 engine, which delivers 281 HP and achieves 17-mpg in the city and 24-mpg on the highway in LS and LTD models, and delivers 288 HP and achieves 16-mpg in the city and 23-mpg on the highway in LTZ models. It is more attractive compared to other most family-size SUVs. In safety feature, it has made good score in front, side, rear crash and rollover tests. For the safety, it has included electronic traction control and rear body-level airbags. Interior is also wrapped with tasteful design and high-quality materials.
Total Car Score: 84.87
4) Ford Flex:
If you want minivan car but don’t require minivan styling, then Ford Flex is the best alternative. It does not come with distinctive looks, so it may not attract everyone, rather than it has got fourth position in the list of 2012 top best American Cars. The main power of the car is its roomy, comfortable interior and outstanding crash test ratings. People mostly talk about its high-tech interior, adult-sized third row and elective EcoBoost engine. It can be operated very smoothly with plenty of power and adequate fuel economy. It is powered by 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 262 horsepower through six-speed automatic transmission and gets 17/24 mpg city/highway with front wheel drive and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive. It also offers twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and gets 17/24 mpg city/highway with front wheel drive and 16/21 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive. The interior of the Ford Flex is roomy, high-quality and full of standard features. It is available with rich cloth covering or soft leather seats, faux wood trim and clean instrumentation. Ford Flex also features stability control, remote entry and quick entry-keypad on the driver’s door as well as reverse parking sensors, fog lights and halogen headlights.
Total Car Score: 84.44
5) GMC Acadia:
GMC Acadia is affordable truck-based SUVs and minivans that impress reviewers and people by its spacious interior, competent performance, large third row and aggressive looks. It is a best choice for families who need lot of space. Compared to some big, truck-based SUVs, it gives more interior space together with better fuel economy, comfortable drive and attractive exterior design. Power is supplied by 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas) engine that produces 288 horsepower and gets 16-17 mpg in city and 23-24 mpg in highway. It has made high scores in frontal and rollover crash tests, and side crash tests. Interior is spacious and comfortable. It is equipped with head-up display which gives important information such as direction and your driving speed. It also features heated and cooled front seats, two-panel power sunroof, steering wheel with wood accents and special sound-dampening materials.
Total Car Score: 84.18
6) Cadillac CTS-V:
Cadillac CTS-V is the high-performance version of the CTS series. 2012 CTS-V is loaded with lots of horsepower, top-class handling and impressively finished interior and innovative style. The high performance car is powered by 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, which generates 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. It also offers six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission. Interior is covered with suede and leather trim. It offers standard Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound audio system with 10 speakers, a 40GB Hard Drive Device and both USB and auxiliary MP3-player jacks and DVD-Audio. It is also offered with some standard features like HID adaptive headlamps, heated front seats, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth. To give direction info, it gives navigation system with beautiful LCD screen.
Total Car Score: 83.65
7) Chrysler 300
Chrysler 300 is stylish, powerful, excellent full-size sedan. It comes with number of changes and enhancements. Its comfortable ride, powerful engines, all-wheel drive capability and new eight-speed automatic transmission attracts all kind of riders. It is one of the most affordable large cars that come with advanced interior, standard high-tech gadgets and a strong list of standard features. It is fitted with two choices of engines like 292 hp 3.6-liter V-6 and 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. The eight-speed transmission is capable to improve both fuel economy and performance. It also features some standard features like 8.4-inch touch-screen, an auxiliary input jack, satellite radio, USB port with iPod control and SD card reader. It received top scores in crash tests taken by federal government and IIHS. For safety, it gives front, seat-mounted side, side-curtain, and driver’s knee airbags. It is equipped with Chrysler’s Ready Alert Braking system, which predicts situation that need emergency breaking and utilizes the stability control to set the brake pads against the rotors. It also offers Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system along with adaptive cruise control.
Total Car Score: 83.29
8) Ford Taurus SHO
The quickest, best-handling and tech-loaded, Ford Taurus SHO is on the eight place in the American’s 2012 best car list. It uses 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, which generates 365 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 350 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. It is manufactured with enhanced exterior styling, a quieter and better-furnished interior and numerous performance upgrades. The interior materials are so good and the big controls and bumps are easy to run. It offers handsome and quiet cabin, comfortable ride, humongous trunk and all-wheel drive. All standard features are also fitted in 2012 Ford Taurus SHO that are antilock disc brakes, front-seat side-impact airbags, stability and traction control, side-curtain airbags, and integrated blind spot mirrors. Pre-collision warning system is fitted with adaptive cruise control, which warns drivers in sudden accident situations.
Total Car Score: 83.22
9) Cadillac SRX
Cadillac SRX is specially intended for those who want a lot of luxury and flair. It is a Luxury Compact SUV powered by new 3.6-liter V-6 engine that cranks out 308 horsepower. The 6-speed automatic transmission gives eco features as well as sport mode, manual mode and normal mode. It offers handsome styling interior and exterior as well as standard suspension that delivers smooth ride and confident handling. Safety is main concern and so it gives one-year subscription to OnStar which adds emergency services, vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation, automatic crash response and other applications. It has eight-speaker Bose stereo system, AM/FM/satellite radio and a USB input jack, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls and dual-zone automatic climate control. The higher luxury gives keyless access, universal home remote and sunroof.
Total Car Score: 83.01
10) Chrysler 300 SRT8
In the list of 2012 Top 10 best American cars, Chrysler 300 SRT8 is on the 10th position, thanks to 470-horsepower HEMI V-8 engine which delivers 60 mph in less than five seconds. It is fitted with 8.4-inch touch screen, so you can control the navigation, stereo and phone integration. It is also equipped with built-in performance computer to determine 0-to-60 mph and quarter-mile runs. The full-size sedan comes with leather seats and standard navigation system. Interior is packed with a flat-bottomed steering wheel with a thick rim, badges and seats with huge supports. Riders can access fuel prices from nearby gas stations, weather, and movie times through Sirius Travel Link data system. 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is also loaded with an adaptive cruise control system and blind-spot warning system.
Total Car Score: 82.59