The Most American-Made Cars You Can Buy in 2018
When you have Japanese car companies setting up shop in the South and General Motors producing Cadillacs in China, you have to acknowledge it’s not your grandfather’s auto industry in 2018. These days, finding a car you can accurately call “American” takes a bit of homework.
Fortunately, Cars.com is on the job with the American-Made Index. The site’s analysis of the current auto market involved exhaustive studies of where the parts and drivetrain of every vehicle came from.
Here are the 10 most American-made cars on the market in 2018 — including five by automakers with headquarters overseas.
10. Chevrolet Corvette
For years, the Chevy Corvette has popped up on the list of most American cars, and it ranked No. 5 in one 2017 industry analysis. Employees at GM’s plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky have assembled it since 1981.
Now in its seventh decade on the road, Corvette is the type of car that never goes out of style. With its timeless lines and about 450 horsepower coming standard, we doubt it ever will.
9. Ford F-150
America’s best-selling vehicle of the past four decades deserves to be called American-made. Ford workers in Claycomo, Missouri and Dearborn, Michigan plants assemble the F-150.
Fans of the iconic truck can see the evolution of F-Series pickups since 1948, and they’re still the go-to vehicle for so many small business owners. The high percentage of U.S.-sourced parts landed F-150 back on the list for 2018.
8. Ford Explorer
It may not sell quite like the F-150, but the Ford Explorer has a higher percentage of U.S.-made parts than the BLue Oval pickup. This model comes from the automaker’s Chicago plant.
These days, you’ll see the Explorer on the road as a police vehicle and as a regular civilian crossover. But you won’t find it among the safest cars to drive in 2018 — Explorer was one of the worst utility vehicles the IIHS tested for front passenger safety.
7. Acura MDX
The badge may read “Acura,” but the MDX crossover contains more U.S. content than all but six cars on the road. Assembled in East Liberty (Ohio), it boasts an American-made engine and transmission among many other domestic parts.
MDX Hybrid variants have fewer U.S. made parts, so stick to the gas engines if domestic content is a key factor in your purchase.
6. Honda Pilot
2018 marks the 17th year of Honda operating its factory in Lincoln, Alabama. The automaker’s capacity here stands at 340,000 vehicles, and plant workers also produce thousands of V6 engines every year.
That’s how Honda manages to have models like Acura MDX and Pilot score so high on American-made lists. Everything from the chassis to engine and transmission production (along with assembly) take place in the South.
5. Chevrolet Volt
When you inspect electric cars like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and plug-in hybrids like the Honda Clarity, you find battery cells and other elements coming from overseas. According to Cars.com, GM stood out from the pack by having its Volt plug-in’s battery assembled near Detroit.
Even the Volt’s cells hail from a Michigan plant. For a car with 53 miles of electric range, that’s quite a win for the automaker.
4. Ford Taurus
In early 2018, Ford announced it would discontinue U.S. production of all cars not named Mustang. Among those about to axed is the Taurus full-size sedan, Ford’s most American-made vehicle.
Workers at the automaker’s Chicago plant assemble this model (one which has seen declining sales in recent years). Soon, Ford car consumers will have to content themselves with the Chinese-built Ford Focus or one of the Blue Oval’s crossovers.
3. Honda Ridgeline
It may surprise many people that the most American-made pickup truck isn’t Chevy Silverado or Ford F-150. Instead, the title goes to the Honda Ridgeline, the versatile truck U.S. workers assemble in Alabama.
In fact, this model beat out every vehicle Ford or GM has on the market in 2018. If you’re looking for a keeper, Ridgeline has that reputation as well.
2. Honda Odyssey
You may not have realized it, but soccer moms behind the wheel of the Honda Odyssey are driving one of the most American cars you can find. Like the Ridgeline and Pilot, this model hails from the automaker’s Lincoln plant.
Odyssey’s engine, transmission, and most parts come from suppliers who produce the components in the U.S. Once workers in Alabama put it together, only one vehicle could claim to be more American-made.
1. Jeep Cherokee
While Jeep is now a subsidiary of Fiat-Chrysler and some models hail from Italy, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee remains the pride of Belvedere, Illinois. This model features an engine, transmission, and most other components that were built in the U.S.
All told, it added up to 72% U.S. parts-content, the best in Cars.com’s 2018 analysis. If you buy a Cherokee, you are getting a vehicle that’s as American as you can find on the current market.
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