January 5th 2012

Our 5 new favorite American cars

Though previously the American auto industry has been bleak, profits are back on the rise, and new and improved cars have caught our attention.

Here are five of our favorites that are hitting the roads and dealerships all around us… and why you’ll want to buy them, too.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

This hot Camaro comes equipped with a 580-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, with lots of gorgeous features to boot. Termed “barely street legal” (with good reason), the ZL1 is the highest-performing production Camaro of all time. Clocking 7:41:23 this comfortable sportscar is perfect for daily driving… with that racer’s edge.

Buick Verano

The 2012 Buick Verano brings forth a refined, responsive performance with a powerful 2.4L dual overhead cam 4-cylinder engine, variable valve timing and E857 capability.  This luxury sedan includes its advanced QuietTuning technology, as well as Buick IntelliLink and an available GPS navigation system. Another perk? Its EPA-estimated 21 MPG city/32 MPG on the highway and approximate 15-gallon tank: to lower-in-gas bonuses.

Ford C-Max

Yes, we totally picked a mini-van in our favorites. This Euro-style five-seater hybrid van is intended to be the replacement for the Escape Hybrid. This new hybrid is targeted to deliver better mpg than the Fusion Hybrid and is the first of two new Ford Hybrids to use lithium ion battery technology. These batteries are up to 50 percent lighter and 25 percent smaller than the current nickel-metal-hydride batteries. In addition, they increase the amount of energy available to extend the vehicle’s driving distance and boost fuel economy. A double win.

Ford Mustang Boss 302

The second-most powerful Mustang includes an impressive 444-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8, side exhaust pipes, and more than you’ve ever wanted in a sportscar. The unique suspension tuning includes fully adjustable shock absorbers, and the brake system is engineered to improve stopping on the road and track. If you want to combine performance, good looks, and a great road vehicle: this is it.

Chevrolet Sonic

The Sonic, both in a Hatchback and a Sedan, has a sleek appearance and sophisticated ride. It’s design is built to energize every moment of your ride, with a 0-to-60 mph in 8.2 seconds on the test track with the available ECOTEC®1.4L turbocharged engine. Fun and easy to drive, it also is home to an EPA-estimated 40 MPG highway3. It’s supported by mobile apps, has Bluetooth® wireless technology for select phones, and is the first and only car in its class18 with 10 standard air bags along with the support of OnStar® standard for the first six months. It is also a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS).

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.