The United States of America is home to some of the most popular car companies in the world. Companies such as Ford, Chevrolet, Tesla and many others have manufactured some of the most used cars in America. When writing this list, I thought we always focus on cars that are either too expensive for the average person to afford or on ones that aren't usable for a daily drive. Since we live our normal lives amidst normal cars, there's a sense of competition between us on what car is the perfect one to be used daily. To cater to the general masses of car drivers and enthusiasts, I thought about writing about cars that are used by the public and which they enjoy driving.
Some of the cars might seem like they don't belong on the list, but the chosen cars were based on the market each car shares. Cars from brands such as Toyota and Honda are also mentioned, and it may seem that I lost my mind when I added cars from these brands, but there's a perfectly good reason for that. Honda and Toyota have manufacturing plants in the US where these cars are made under license of these companies. In any case, even if these cars are Japanese brands, the cars they offer us are in no way inferior. So, just sit back, relax, and look for a car on the list that you might've owned or would like to own, and give us your thoughts about it.
If you want something to be as American as it can be, you can look at a few different things. Things like guns, baseball, and especially cars scream American all over. One of the best-selling cars is the Ford-150 truck. It started production in 1948, and after all this time, it's still a preferred choice of truck for the masses. If you live in America, you surely know that the criterion for a good car over there is a huge engine. The Ford-150 delivers that aspect perfectly with multiple lines of engines ranging from a 3.3-liter V6 to a 5.0-liter V8 that produces nearly 400 ft-pounds of torque. What good is an all-American truck that doesn't have a massive amount of power and torque? The new models have built-in features like an infotainment system and features such as adaptive cruise control and automatic braking.
19 Chevrolet Corvette
If you think about any one sports car that you think would satisfy your urge to go fast and look good at the same time, then only one car comes to mind, and that's the famous Chevrolet Corvette. The car is enjoyed by petrolheads all over the world due to the powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces nearly 455 horsepower. The power to the wheels is transmitted through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As fast as this car is in the straights, in the corners, the Corvette produces some serious face-melting G-forces. The ZO6 has been a legendary model of the Corvette, but the new upcoming models are even better looking, and we love every bit of it.
18 Ford Expedition
If you want to have a car that has all the aspects of a great family car, then the Ford Expedition is perfect for such requirements. The Expedition shares the same mechanical parts from the Ford 150, so you know that this SUV has what it takes it be a success with the masses. The Expedition comes in multiple engine packages, but the most popular engine is the 5.4-liter V8 that produces nearly 260 hp and 350 ft-lb of torque. The car is popular with the people because of its longevity and reliability. There was a poll conducted by a company that checked vehicles with more than 200,000 miles on them. The Expedition was the car with the most number of cars with such insane amounts of mileage, indicating the quality of the car.
17 Ford Mustang
I want you to close your eyes and think of a car that comes to your mind when I tell you that the car is American made and is the most iconic muscle car in the world. I'm pretty sure the Ford Mustang will come to your mind in an instant. The original Mustangs were known as “Pony cars” because these were one of the first cars of that era to introduce a long hood and a short back. These cars became famous when the 1967 Ford Mustang was first introduced. The popularity of these cars became a symbol for the American taste in cars, especially muscle cars. The current Ford Mustang is available in a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces nearly 435 hp with a Getrag six-speed manual transmission. The legend of the Mustang is still alive today and nearly all petrolheads love this vehicle.
16 Chevrolet Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro was the answer to the legendary Ford Mustang line of cars. Chevrolet started production on these cars in 1966, and it was a hybrid between a Pony car and a muscle car. As we all know, a car provides the same kind of companionship to the owner as any other human would. The name "Camaro" means the same thing: to be a companion to the owner. This shows how personal the Camaro was meant to be. Even though the Camaro was initially developed to compete with the Ford Mustang, it created a name of its own rather than overthrow its competitor. However, in 2017, the latest Camaro model was more popular than the Ford Mustang. We hope for this feud to continue since it gives us the best of both the Camaro and the Mustang.
15 Dodge RAM
The Dodge Ram pickup truck was first manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation and later came under the Dodge name. The popular motorsport magazine known as Motor Trend gave the title “Truck of the Year” to the Ram trucks for 5 consecutive times. The current-generation Ram trucks come with multiple engine volumes from 3.7-liter to 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel. These robust trucks are well suited for any kind of situation you might see yourself in. With a towing capacity of 2,800 kg, it can easily tow a small town if the need arises. The Dodge RAM is made in the United States and seems to be going strong when it comes to making a name for itself.
14 Tesla Model X
We humans have been using different forms of fuel to power our modern vehicles. Soon, though, there will come a time when we'll run out of this precious resource. Afterward, we will have to find alternate means of energy. One company has already started working on this by developing electric cars for the future. That company is Tesla, and the Model X is the most popular among the rest of the electric vehicles mainly due to the range of 381 km. You can take a trip to the nearest city without even having to stop to charge up. With the addition of fuel economy, the powerful motors provide some serious power. We won’t have to worry much about the future if Elon Musk is there to make sure we never run out of fun cars to drive.
13 Honda CR-V - Those Manufactured In The US
The Honda CR-V is a combination of an SUV and a compact car. The CR-V is a popular car in America as it provides the owners with the utility that's available in an SUV and the small and economic form factor of a compact car. The CR-V started production in 1995, but it wasn't very popular in America at the time. Since Honda established a manufacturing plant in America and the production on the CR-V started, the car became a sensation with the people. The latest models of the CR-V come in multiple engine sizes so that the consumer can choose between power and economy. The most powerful engine configuration is the 4-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo diesel model. The CR-V comes in 4WD and front-wheel drive. Both of these versions were the top choices of CR-V by the American people.
12 Cadillac CTS
Honestly, I can see why this car is a preferred choice for the American people. The Cadillac CTS is a really good-looking car with the same resemblance to the pony-car types we usually see. The front hood is longer than the rear of the car, which gives it a kind of a muscle-car vibe. The Cadillac CTS has been manufactured by General Motors from 2002 till today. The CTS is an executive/luxury car, and it's in its third generation now. The car is praised for its powerful engine, braking, and impressive chassis. The engine ranges from a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine to a 6.2-liter supercharged V8. Combine the engine and the rest of the perks, and the car is a sensation to drive. If you're considering getting a good car, then the CTS might be for you.
11 Cadillac CT6
When you hear words such as "luxury," "power," and "reliability," you might think of cars from popular brands like Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. But, there's a contender to these popular cars that's not much heard of. The Cadillac CT6 is a full-size luxury vehicle and is a close competitor to the Mercedes S class when it comes to luxury, power, and reliability. The CT6 started production in 2016, and after the rise in popularity of the car, Cadillac upped the production, and newer models were seen every year. The engine powering this car comes in a wide range, starting from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine to the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. These engines also have the ability to turn off some of the pistons in the engine to aid in achieving economy. With all the perks provided by this car, it’s a no-brainer why this car is the choice of the people.
10 GMC Acadia
If you want a comfortable family car that provides luxury and economy to a certain extent, then look no further for you have the GMC Acadia to fulfill your needs. The acclaimed company General Motors started production of the GMC Acadia in 2006. The second-generation Acadia is currently available in the American market. The Acadia provides features in their vehicles that are quite desirable for a family, such as seating for up to 7 people, which makes it perfect for a midsize family or when you have to travel comfortably. The engine of the Acadia comes in two sizes, a 3.6-liter V6 version and a 2.5-liter gasoline engine making it reasonably powerful for a car of its size. Another reason for its desirability is the impressive fuel economy that everyone is currently looking for nowadays. All in all, the Acadia is a perfect car for the average American.
9 Acura RDX
The Acura RDX is the first-ever SUV that provides the luxury of an SUV and the dimensionality of a compact. The car first came into existence in 2006, and it's still going strong. Most of the companies currently provide vehicles that are in the price range of a luxury SUV, but the luxury aspect is missing from them. However, the Acura RDX is different, as it delivers what it promises. According to the Kogod Schools 2017 index, the Acura scored 78.5 out of 100. These numbers indicate that the American people prefer the Acura RDX over many luxury car brands such as BMW and Lexus. The Acura RDX is a fun little SUV, which will surely give you the bang for your buck.
8 Ford Taurus
In America, the people prefer cars that are reliable, economical, environment-friendly, and cheap. The Ford Taurus provides its owners with all these qualities. The Ford Taurus is a full-size family car that started production from 1985 and is still in production until today. You know that if a car is in production for more than 30 years, then it has something that's being loved by the public for it to remain in production. The Taurus is one of the most successful cars that Ford has ever manufactured, placing it behind the Mustang, the F-150, and the Model T. A total of nearly 7,500,000 Ford Tauruses have been manufactured since its launch in the year 1986. Currently, the car is in its 6th generation, with the latest models already getting critical acclaim. We hope Ford keeps on manufacturing popular cars like the Ford Taurus.
7 Jeep Cherokee XJ
If you get to witness any SUV on the road and think about where it all began, you might stumble upon, somewhere in your journey, the fact there's a link between the origin of an SUV and the Jeep Cherokee. Jeep is an American car company that specializes in the manufacturing of SUV vehicles. The Jeep Cherokee started production in 1983, and at that time, it was the only car that used a unibody design rather than a body-on-frame design. This made the Cherokee lighter and much stiffer than its other counterparts. The design employed by Jeep in their Cherokee XJ model was adopted by other car makers, as they started to notice that most of the American people prefer the design by Jeep. The XJ was also on the list of the top 20 greatest cars of all time.
6 Toyota Camry - Those Produced By American Plants
Toyota is a Japanese car company that's currently taking the world by storm. The vehicles manufactured by this company are extremely reliable, cheap, and economical. These are the hallmarks of a successful company, as they cater to the needs of the common man. The Toyota Camry is one such car that's acclaimed by the American people. The manufacturer has stated that the Toyota Camry is loved by the people so much that it's the second “world car” of the manufacturer right behind the Toyota Corolla. The Camry came into being in 1982, and it's still currently in production. The car comes with various engine sizes and different trim levels that the buyer can choose from. The plant in the US has produced nearly 2 million vehicles per year from the year 2015 to 2016. This car is surely practical and fun to drive, and we hope it stays that way.
5 Chrysler 300
If you want to show a little bit of bling to your friends and want a car that caters to your needs in terms of luxury, performance, and comfort, then look no further, as the Chrysler 300 is the only thing you need. This car is a true example of how an old-school car is supposed to be. The 300 has multiple options in engines to provide the driver with the desired performance according to the need. The base model comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces nearly 290 hp, and the sports version, known as the 300S, has a horsepower rating of 300 hp. Well, some of the people desire a powerful engine and proper handling characteristics, but some people only care about the infotainment system to blast some music in the comfort of their seat. That aspect is also taken care of by Chrysler, and we can’t get enough of it.
4 Ford Explorer
If you're the explorer type of person who appreciates the road and just wants to travel on it until it ends, the Ford Explorer might be your best choice. The explorer is an SUV manufactured by Ford to meet the traveling needs of its consumers. The car is also used by the police force in America, and Ford also offers a specially designed Explorer that's used by emergency services, such as the fire department and emergency medical service agencies. The Ford Explorer came into being in 1990, and it's still in production. In fact, the cars are on their 5th generation. The newest-generation model comes in multiple engine sizes; they range from the 2.0-liter I4 to the 3.7-liter V6. Look no further than a car that's trusted by American agencies and is loved by the American public.
3 Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet is known for manufacturing vehicles that have always been a hit with the public, as the company looks out for the common needs of its people. Again, the Chevrolet kept their word and gifted the USA with the Chevrolet Colorado. This truck was first manufactured and released to the public in 2003, and it's still on sale today. Currently, the truck is in its second generation, with upgrades added to the base models. The second generation of the Colorado was showcased in the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the public loved it. In fact, they loved it so much that Chevrolet had to extend their assembly plant an extra 500,000 square feet just so they could meet the initial orders of 30,000 Colorado trucks.
2 Lincoln Navigator
The Lincoln Navigator is a luxury sports utility vehicle that started production in 1997 and has reached its fourth generation. The Navigator was developed by the Lincoln brand, which is a sub-brand of the Ford automotive company. As we know, Ford keeps the trust and interest of its people in its mind first. So, the fifth generation of the Navigator features an improved engine with much more luxury than the previous models. The newer version is made of aluminum to reduce weight, and also, a newer engine was introduced, which added more power to the lighter weight, making the Navigator quite fast. The 3.5-liter V6 engine produces nearly 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. The navigator also received the Truck of the Year award at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. Now you know what to get when you decide to go for an impressive SUV.
1 Chevrolet Traverse
The Chevrolet Traverse was manufactured in 2008 by the General Motor plant in Michigan, USA. The Traverse is in its 2nd generation currently, and the public adores the SUV. The car is available in multiple trim levels that have a range of features for the driver and passengers to enjoy. The choice of engine for the Traverse is either a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a 2.0-liter I4. The attached 9-speed automatic transmission is a standard with both the 3.6-liter and the 2.0-liter engine. The Traverse isn't just good on paper, but it's proven its worth to the public. The sales of the Traverse in 2008 was 9,456, and in 2017, that number rose to 123,506, which is a significant increase proving the popularity of the car
Sources: GM; Ford; Wikipedia; Top Gear