American-made cars earned bad reputations when Detroit decided to focus on building big, gas-guzzling SUVs. Today, that has all changed. American factories have reclaimed their previous glory by creating some of the safest, advanced, and reliable cars in the world. If you want to buy a vehicle that was made in America, you can’t go wrong with these top choices.

Chevrolet Sonic

Sonic

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When it comes to small cars, you can’t get much better than the Chevrolet Sonic. The turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine pumps out 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, which is plenty of oomph for such a small vehicle.

The car’s size makes it feel peppy while also conserving fuel. The 2014 model gets 33 mpg combined with a manual transmission. It gets 31 mpg combined with an automatic transmission.

When it comes to safety, it’s tough to beat the 2014 Chevy Sonic. It gets five stars from the government and the highest rating possible from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Those are tough numbers for any car company to top.

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is a workhorse that offers plenty of power without burning through excessive gasoline. If you want a truck for the work site or for trips to the woods, the F-150 is one of the best that America can offer.

The Ford F-150′s EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine roars with 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Stomping on the gas pedal will get you to 60 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds.

Despite this power and speed, the F-150 gets decent gas-mileage. The two-wheel drive version gets 18 mpg combined. The four-wheel drive gets 17 mpg combined. Sure, that looks bad compared to the tiny Sonic, but it’s good for a big truck that can tow 6,700 pounds.

Toyota Camry

Toyota? Isn’t that a Japanese company? Yes, but the world’s economy is more complicated than that. Toyota has dozens of factories in the United States. While some of the profits head to managers in Japan, a lot of the company’s money goes directly to American workers.

The 2014 Camry stands out as one of the best compact cars manufactured in America. It comes in five trim levels, so buyers can choose exactly what they want. Those who appreciate power and speed will choose trims that come with the 3.5-liter V6 engine. It offers 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. That gives the Camry enough power to hit 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds.

That powerful engine also burns fuel efficiently. Owners can expect 25 mpg combined, which puts it among the top cars that don’t use hybrid technology.

Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet was once a prime example of an American automaker that has lost sight of what buyers really wanted. The Traverse shows that Chevy has learned from those mistakes.

The Traverse is one of the best American SUVs that you can buy. It still has a powerful V6 engine that churns out 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. However, it also gets 19 mpg combined. That makes it as good as, if not better than, SUVs made in other countries.

Which American-made vehicle appeals to you most? Do you think American manufacturers have made positive changes that will attract more buyers?