There was a time when it looked like the American automobile had lost its luster.
Quality suffered in the 1970s as domestic brands struggled to deal with gas crunches. The '80s saw Japanese automakers claim market share with cars that bested American products in both fuel economy and space efficiency. A focus on SUVs in the 1990s and early 2000s left American cars further behind the competition. But a decade ago things started to change. Domestic brands began developing new platforms, engines and technologies, and many of today's American cars are as good as any on the market — and in some cases they are the best cars available. Let's look at the best American vehicles by class.