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2012 GMC Acadia Denali

2012 GMC Acadia Denali

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5.    2012 GMC Acadia – With a TCS of 84.18, the 2012 GMC Acadia, note editors, “is located in the sweet spot between truck-based SUVs and minivans.” The Car Connection has equally high praise, saying the 2012 GMC Acadia is “the most carlike of GMC vehicles,” is “better for people than a big SUV, better looking than a minivan,” and has top overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

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6.    2012 Cadillac CTS-V – The high-performance version of the CTS, the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V is, according to Total Car Score editors, “a genuinely strong contender among the usual German suspects in the premium sport sedan segment.” Its overall TCS of 83.65 bears that out. Of course, there are sedan and wagon variants of the CTS-V line as well. Our editors get right to the point: “With its ZR1-derived powertrain, the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V stuffs Vette excitement into a track-ready coupe, wagon or sedan.”

2012 Chrysler 300

2012 Chrysler 300

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7.    2012 Chrysler 300 – Its overall 83.29 TSC is credited largely to the comfortable ride, powerful engines, all-wheel drive capability and new eight-speed automatic transmission. The Car Connection editors, meanwhile, say that the 2012 Chrysler 300 is “riper and more mature,” has “classically handsome looks and, in the right versions, big rear-drive fun.”

2012 Ford Taurus SHO

2012 Ford Taurus SHO

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8.    2012 Ford Taurus SHO – Although it “isn’t exactly your typical family car,” what really sets the 2012 Ford Taurus SHO apart – and leads to its overall 83.22 TCS, is its “gutsy” 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine and firmer suspension tuning delivering confident handling. Our editors have this to say about the 2012 Ford Taurus SHO: “In top SHO guise, it’s a strong, tech-loaded 365-horsepower luxury performance sedan that can sticker at $45k or even higher.”

2012 Cadillac SRX

2012 Cadillac SRX

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9.    2012 Cadillac SRX – Giving kudos to the new 3.6-liter V-6 engine under the hood of the 2012 Cadillac SRX (replacing two smaller engines), handsome styling inside and out and standard suspension delivering smooth ride and confident handling, Total Car Score editors weighed in with an overall 83.01 TCS. The Car Connection says: “With a smooth new engine and a rich, uniquely American interior, the 2012 Cadillac SRX appeals to those who want a lot of luxury and flair but don’t require driving excitement.”

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8. Photo by Alex Bellus

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8. Photo by Alex Bellus

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10. 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 – Hailed by critics as “one serious high performance automobile,” the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 achieves its spot in the Top 10 Best American Cars (with overall TCS of 82.59) thanks to its 470-horsepower HEMI V-8 “that hurtles the car from a standing stop to 60 mph in less than five seconds.” Our review of the 2012 Chrysler 300 (including SRT8), says that the “SRT8 belts out a meaty, NASCAR-ish throb that few cars—even muscle cars—can match.”


 
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