Continuing the patriotic-post theme begun yesterday with the naming of the most “American-Made” vehicles is a listing of vehicles that reignite the American Dream while honoring a resurgence of new vehicles from Detroit-based manufacturers.
Kelley Blue Book published its top ten vehicles that our forefathers made possible some 236 years ago and that continue to honor the founding principles this great country was built upon: Freedom, liberty and justice.
“While Detroit has certainly had its ups and downs in recent years, we would argue that the Motor City is on its way back to the top with exciting and innovative products coming off the line for new-car buyers,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “With Independence Day around the corner, KBB.com honors prime examples of domestic vehicles that call the land of the free their home.”
Topping the list this year is the great American icon known simply as Corvette, a car celebrating its 60th year in production. KBB editors called the Chevy sports car “As American as Jon Stewart interviewing Springsteen for Rolling Stone, the Corvette is our homegrown exotic-fighter that is as competent pacing the Indy 500 as it is comfortably cruising down the main drag in Anytown, USA.”
Behind Corvette on the list of top ten vehicles that reignite the American Dream is the Ford Mustang pony car, the iconic Jeep Wrangler, best-selling Ford F-150 pickup, and premium Chrysler 300 sedan.
The second half of the list is occupied by the Chevy Suburban, Cadillac CTS, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Volt, and the all-new Dodge Dart.
My list would be very similar but I would have swapped a few vehicles around. Corvette, of course, would still pace the field but I would have moved the Jeep Wrangler up to second in honor of its service to America the middle of last century and I would add Camaro after the Mustang.
Suburban and the F-150 remain but for me the Escape is replaced with the Ford Explorer and although the Chevy Volt is controversial for some I keep it here as it heralds the next-generation of vehicles representing the American Dream.