Old Glory: 8 Most American Trucks to Buy
In an age of mass globalization, the original “birthplace” of a new vehicle has become a contentious point among American buyers as we collectively become more aware about how our spending affects the economy and our communities.
This sentiment seems to run particularly high when it comes to trucks, which have a long-established place in American tradition. Though pickups have become a more global enterprise, the idea that trucks sold domestically should still be built and sourced domestically is strong. Fortunately, Edmunds compiled a list of the eight most American trucks in terms of component sourcing and final assembly.
While taking into consideration the location of final assembly, the trucks are also given a score from the Kogod Made in America Auto Index, which looks at parts and assembly information, and factors such as where a model’s research and development took place, where a carmaker made capital investments, and where the profits from the vehicle go, Edmunds reports. The Kogod index is scored on a 100-point scale.
1. Ford F-150 (tied)
The Ford (NYSE:F) F-150, the best-selling truck in America, is also one of the most American, with 75 percent of its parts sourced from the U.S. and Canada. The engine, transmission, and final assembly were all taken care of domestically, as well, and the truck has Kogod rating of 87.5.
2. Toyota Tundra (tied)
Despite its Japanese roots, Toyota’s (NYSE:TM) Tundra is essentially as American as the F-150, at least as far as parts sourcing — 75 percent, like the Ford F-150. The engines and transmissions are domestically sourced, though the Tundra has a Kogod rating of 78.5 due to its foreign roots.
3. Honda Ridgeline
Like the Ford and Toyota, Honda (NYSE:HMC) also sources its engines and transmissions for the Ridgeline from the U.S., and the company also assembles the vehicles domestically. However, Honda only obtains around 70 percent of its parts domestically; the Ridgeline has a Kogod rating of 76.
4. Cadillac Escalade EXT
The Cadillac (NYSE:GM) is essentially a Chevrolet Avalanche in a nice suit, and for its truck family, General Motors doesn’t diversify its resources much. It uses the same suppliers for its Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC products — all of which follow. The Cadillac is 67 percent American parts, with its engine, transmission, and final assembly split between Mexico and the United States. It has a Kogod rating of 83.5.
5. Chevrolet Avalanche (tied)
The Chevrolet Avalanche features the same stats as the Cadillac: 67 percent of its parts are domestically sourced, and engines, transmissions, and final assembly are made or happen in both Mexico and the United States, giving the truck a Kogod score of 83.5.
6. Chevrolet Silverado (tied)
Like the Caddy and the Avalanche, the Silverado follows the same trail: engines and transmissions are American and Mexican, 67 percent of the parts used are from North America, final assembly occurs between Mexico and the U.S., and it has a Kogod score of 83.5.
7. GMC Sierra (tied)
This is the last member of the GM truck family, and not much has changed from the previous three: engines and transmissions are American and Mexican, 67 percent of the parts used are from North American, final assembly occurs between Mexico and the States, and it also has a Kogod score of 83.5.
8. Ram 1500 (tied)
Like the GM squadron of pickups, the Ram is also made up of 67 percent America-sourced parts. The engines and final assembly are also split between the U.S. and Mexico, though the transmissions are sourced between the U.S. and Germany. It also holds a Kogod score of 83.5.