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Today's best American cars

In case you haven't noticed, Detroit's been turning out some very good cars, lately. Here's a sampling.

Subcompact: Chevrolet Sonic
Base price: $13,735 - $18,495
Fuel economy: 26 City / 35 HWY

For starters, the Sonic has the two attributes every small car must have: fun and fuel economy.

On top of that, it's more functional and has better visibility than the Ford Fiesta. For maximum enjoyment, get the turbo-charged engine with the six-speed manual transmission. But, really, the non-turbo and automatic are just fine, too.

By Peter Valdes-DapenaPeter Valdes-Dapena @CNNMoney - Last updated January 05 2012: 8:32 AM ET
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