Which American-made small SUV should I buy?

I would like a recommendation of a small SUV. I drive alone and will soon be retiring. I would like a vehicle that allows me to sit up higher to see the road more clearly. I am thinking this will be the last car I purchase. I prefer to purchase an American-made car.

Jill H., Converse

You’ll have to decide what’s more important to you: Buying an American-branded SUV or an American-made SUV. A vehicle can be branded as a Chevrolet, Saturn or Ford and actually be made in Mexico or Canada. Something like the compact Honda CR-V is a Japanese car, but it’s assembled in Ohio. Confusing, right? See our American-Made Index for an in-depth look at this debacle.

If an American badge is enough for you, we recommend you add the 2008 Saturn Vue to your shopping list. It has a high seating position and is a midsize SUV. It is, however, built in Mexico.

For an SUV that’s built stateside, you can also look at the Ford Escape, which is smaller than the Vue and still offers a relatively high seating position. The Escape is built at Ford’s Claycomo, Mo., assembly plant.

For more information on the Vue and Escape, see our expert reviews and related content below. These are both very popular SUVs and we’ve accumulated plenty of driving impressions and articles on both.

Learn more
What's Good For Seniors is Good For All (KickingTires)
The Cars.com American-Made Index (Cars.com)

Vue:
Expert Review: 2008 Saturn Vue (Cars.com)
2008 Saturn Vue Vehicle Summary (Cars.com)
2008 Saturn Vue Quick Drive Video (Cars.com)
2008 Saturn Vue Motorweek Road Test (Motorweek via Cars.com)
2008 Saturn Vue News (KickingTires)

Escape:
Expert Review: 2008 Ford Escape (Cars.com)
2008 Ford Escape Vehicle Summary (Cars.com)
Ford Escape News (KickingTires)

Answered by Joe Bruzek on March 27, 2008 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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