Buying red, white and blue: The most American cars of 2017


2017 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition (Credit: Buick/Newspress USA)


In the spirit of the Fourth of July, you may feel like buying American for your next car purchase.

But which cars are most American these days?

If you’re planning to visit a dealership over the holiday, one of the most popular times of year to buy a car, have a look at the results of the 2017 Made in America Auto Index first.

Put together by the Kogod School of Business at American University, Washington D.C., it takes into account not just where a car’s parts are from but factors like where the vehicle was researched and developed, put together, and where the company is based.

The top 11 vehicles are dominated by Detroit’s big three automakers, General Motors, Ford and Italian-controlled Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac brands all make an appearance for General Motors, and account for six of the top 11 places.

Ford and stablemate Lincoln fill four slots while Jeep, with its much-loved Wrangler model, makes the list for FCA.

Most American Cars of 2017

  • 1. Buick Enclave
  • 2. Chevrolet Traverse
  • 3. GMC Acadia
  • 4. Ford F-150
  • 5. Chevrolet Corvette (automatic transmission)
  • 6. Jeep Wrangler
  • 7. Ford Expedition
  • 8. Lincoln Navigator
  • 9. Ford Taurus
  • T10. Cadillac ATS (AWD sedan)
  • T10. Cadillac CT6 (AWD)

Kogod’s Made in America Auto Index aims to evaluate how a vehicle’s value contributes to the well-being of the U.S. economy. And, to underscore the significance of the auto industry to the country, the school points out that in 2016 it directly employed 2.5 million workers.

If you’re looking to buy a new or used car this summer, RoadLoans enables you to apply for financing online before you shop.

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