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2012 Cadillac CTS Tops List Of 10 Best American Cars: Total Car Score


2012 Cadillac CTS Touring Edition

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As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, July 4, the editors at Total Car Score mark the occasion with a list of the 10 Best American Cars. Beyond just a patriotic gesture, the ranking serves to showcase the strength and quality of the domestic auto industry.

At the top of the list is the 2012 Cadillac CTS. In fact, six of the top 10 American-made cars are from General Motors: three Cadillac models, and one each from Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC. The two other Big Three Detroit automakers, Ford and Chrysler, are represented with two spots each on the list.

Total Car Score, a car comparison website and comprehensive auto rating system, assigns a Total Car Score (or TCS) to each vehicle in the market. The TCS score is an overall industry assessment combining quantitative car reviews from all the major automotive authorities (including The Car Connection).

Karl Brauer, editor in chief and CEO of Total Car Score, commenting on the list, said, “It’s worth noting that while no compact domestic models made the list, Ford’s 2012 Focus was less than half a point behind the [Chrysler] 300 SRT8.

“With a growing interest on small cars and high fuel efficiency, it’s likely we’ll see a domestic economy car in next year’s Top 10 Best American Cars list,” Brauer said.

Here is the list of this year’s winners, with excerpts of Total Car Score comments, along with a few of our own garnered from The Car Connection reviews.

1.    2012 Cadillac CTS – With an overall “superb” Total Car Score (TCS) of 86.49, the 2012 Cadillac CTS is not only an appealing American entry luxury car, but its first-place ranking is illustrated when “reviewers compare it favorably to European rivals, which used to have the segment sewn up.” The Car Connection review of the 2012 Cadillac CTS concludes: “It has a styling leg up, and the 2012 Cadillac CTS backs up its looks with good dynamics, good build quality and a competitive set of body styles and options.”

2012 Buick LaCrosse

2012 Buick LaCrosse

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2.    2012 Buick LaCrosse – Noting that the 2012 Buick LaCrosse posted the highest score in the large sedan category, the overall 85.01 TCS score receives reviewer praise for its “quiet ride, responsive handling, strong V-6 engine and available all-wheel drive.” Here’s what our editors have to say: “As a sophisticated, roomy, tech-savvy premium sedan—now with up to 36 mpg—the 2012 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for a lot of shoppers who want luxury on a limited budget.”

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

2012 Chevrolet Traverse

3.    2012 Chevrolet Traverse – The family-friendly eight-passenger and the “uncommonly adult-friendly third-row seat” are obvious attractions, contributing to the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse TCS of 84.87. The Car Connection editors comment: “A very spacious interior, seating for eight, and a smooth, quiet ride make the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse a top pick for families.”

2012 Ford Flex

2012 Ford Flex

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4.    2012 Ford Flex – While its style may not appeal to everyone, there’s no arguing the 2012 Ford Flex has a lot to offer, as borne out by its overall 84.44 TCS. Among the positive attributes are its “roomy, comfortable interior and excellent crash test ratings.” On The Car Connection side: “One of our top-rated vehicles, the 2012 Ford Flex has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features.”


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  1. room for three more since you duplicated yourselves thrice. The Chevy and GMC are the same CUV; just more gingerbread on the GMC. Ditto the 300/300 SRT8 and the CTS and CTS-V. What a joke. Now ADD the Focus, perhaps the Mustang and maybe the new Jeep or Escape.
     
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  2. Drew-Thanks for your comments. This list comes from Total Car Score, not The Car Connection. It showcases cars from the Detroit Big Three. The TCS for each is a "comprehensivenumber assigned to a vehicle that represents an overall industry assessment from major automotive authorities. All vehicles are model year 2012 with at least five source ratings that comprise the Total Car Score." Note the Focus came in just shy of Chrysler SRT8.In the High Performance segment, competitors to the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 include Volkswagen Golf R, Taurus SHO, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Ford Mustang Boss 302. In Large Sedans & Wagons, Buick LaCrosse is #2 and Chrysler 300 is #5. In Large SUVs & Crossovers, Chevy Traverse is #1, Ford Flex #2, GMC Acadia #3.
     
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  3. Mr. Willis' comments are right on target. Don't know who this outfit is, TCS, but they don't know much about cars in the "real world", cars that people actually purchase. The CTS-V may be great but it is wretchedly expensive compared to a lowly CTS, plus it get terrible mpgs. Just not a car for regularly folk or even many wealthy who'll opt for a BMW, MB or Porsche at that price point.
     
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  4. These people actually get paid for coming up with these lists? I hope not very much.
     
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