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Who makes the “most American” vehicles?

by Bill Cawthon on

Each year, cars.com makes a list of the “most American” vehicles. This year, the company stopped focusing so much on total sales, and looked more at content, assembly points, and the number of American jobs affected.

The changes had a huge impact on the listings. In the 2016 American-Made Index (AMI), when sales played a larger role, the top spots went to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Out of eight vehicles on the list, the Buick Enclave/Chevy Traverse/GMC Acadia clones were the only ones from a Detroit automaker — and they were at the bottom.

This year, using what can be considered more relevant figures, the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee are the most American vehicles you can buy.  Three of the top five are American.

Rank Vehicle Assembly Plant
1 Jeep Wrangler Toledo, OH
2 Jeep Cherokee Toledo, OH (moving to Belvidere, IL)
3 Ford Taurus Chicago, IL
4 Honda Ridgeline Lincoln, AL
5 Acura RDX East Liberty, OH
6 Ford F-150 Claycomo, MO and Detroit, MI
7 Ford Expedition Louisville, KY
8 GMC Acadia Spring Hill, TN
9 Honda Odyssey Lincoln, AL
10 Honda Pilot Lincoln, AL

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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