Made in the USA: 5 of the best cars made here

  • Small Car: Chevrolet Sonic


    The Sonic has been part of a wave of successful small cars from Detroit companies prompted by a combination of high gas prices and tightening federal mileage standards. Assembled in Michigan, Sonic's base four-cylinder engine is rated by the EPA for 26 MPG in city driving and 35 on the highway.

    Reviewers like the optional turbocharged version even more for its quick acceleration. They also praise the Sonic for its sharp handling and smooth transmissions. And it is especially roomy for a subcompact, with space for adults to sit comfortably in the back seat. List price for the Sonic ranges from $14,170 for the base model up to $21,610 for a fully-loaded version.

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    Jerry Edgerton, author of Car Shopping Made Easy, has been covering the car beat since Detroit companies dominated the U.S. market. The former car columnist for Money magazine and Washington correspondent for Business Week, Edgerton specializes in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last.